Undergraduate Admissions

English Proficiency Requirements

English Proficiency Test Score Requirements

All international undergraduate applicants are required to show proof of English language proficiency to be considered for direct admission to a degree program. The following tests are all accepted, but you only need to submit one test score:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum 550 PBT, 79 iBT (paper-based, internet-based). Our institution code is 1464 for requesting official scores be sent electronically to Michigan Tech directly from ETS.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum 6.5 overall band score (minimum 6.0 on speaking and writing portion). Contact your testing center to get the official scores sent to Michigan Tech. We use the IELTS electronic results service; while there is no institution code, the account name is Michigan Technological University - Undergraduate Admissions. 
  • SAT: minimum 510 evidence-based reading and writing. Our institution code is 1464 for requesting official scores be sent electronically to Michigan Tech directly from the College Board.
  • Pearson Test of English:  53

Students who score below the minimums listed above will be considered for conditional admission to begin in the Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program at Michigan Tech's English Language Institute before transitioning to your degree program.

Score ranges currently eligible for placement into the IESL program, as of Fall 2019:

  • TOEFL: 34 - 78 iBT
  • IELTS: 4.0 - 6.0

Who is exempt from this requirement?

Applicants from certain countries of origin do not need to submit an English proficiency test score: see the list of Exempt Countries.

If you have studied in a United States high school or college, the requirement may also be waived. A waiver decision will be made once your official transcripts are received.