English Proficiency for Undergraduate Applicants
In order to succeed academically at MSU, students must have strong English speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. English proficiency for study at the undergraduate level must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1) Obtaining a minimum required score on an English Proficiency examination:
|English Proficiency Examination||Minimum Required Score|
|Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT)||
|Paper-based TOEFL test (PBT)||525|
|Duolingo English Test (DET)||55|
|SAT - Writing/Language Score||25+|
|SAT - Evidence-based Reading/Writing||440|
|ACT - English score||20+|
*Please click the links listed above for instructions on submitting scores.
2) Successfully completing an intensive English program:
|Intensive English Program||Minimum Required Level|
|INTERLINK Language Center at MSU||
Successful completion of level 6
|BridgeEnglish Language Center||Successful completion of program level B2|
|EC Language Centres||Successful completion of Upper Intermediate Level|
|EF Education First International Language Centers||Successful completion of program level C-1|
|ELS Language Centers||Successful completion of program level 112|
|Embassy English||Successful completion of program level 4|
|FLS International||Successful completion of program level 8|
|ILSC||Successful completion of University Pathway Program Advanced Level 2|
|Open Hearts Language Academy||Successful completion of Advanced 2 level or Elite level|
|PGIC||Successful completion of Advanced level|
|Spring International Language Center||Successful completion of level 6|
Montana State University will only accept score reports sent directly from the testing service. Please read below to learn more about specific test requirements.
Arrangements to take the TOEFL can be made at this website. There, you can also find out more information about this examination. Allow sufficient time for test registration procedures (about one month) and score results (one additional month). Entering the Montana State University school code (4488) on the test form will ensure that an official score report is sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the MSU Office of Admissions. Official score reports can be ordered via the TOEFL website.
IELTS is a program jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia (IELTS Australia). To register for the exam, please go to: http://www.ielts.org. On the day of the exam, students will need to write down the address for MSU International Admissions in order to have scores sent directly. This typically takes two weeks from the test date. The address is:
Bozeman, MT 59717 USA
PTE Academic scores must be sent through PTE's secure portal. Read the instructions below or watch the step-by-step instructional video.
- Visit www.vue.com/pte and click on 'My Account' to login
- Click 'Send Scores'
- Type Montana State University in the field marked 'Institution / Organization / Department / School' and click 'Search'
- Tick the box next to the MSU's name when it appears in the list
- Review your details then scroll down the page and click 'Next' and 'Next' again to confirm
You can schedule an iTEP exam by contacting your nearest test center. You can learn more about the test center nearest to you by visiting the iTEP Schedule a Test website. During registration, you can select Montana State University from the drop-down list. This will cause your scores to be sent automatically to MSU as soon as the grading is complete.
The Duolingo English Test can be taken online at any time. It is a fast and inexpensive alternative to other options—it takes approximately 30 minutes and costs $49. The exam uses computer-adaptive testing, meaning the questions will automatically adapt to each test-takers’ ability, generating a different set of questions for every session.
The exam requires the Google Chrome browser and your computer's self-facing camera and microphone. The testing session is recorded and verified by a Duolingo proctor, and the results are available within 48 hours. Please make sure you indicate on your test that you want your results sent to Montana State University.
To take your test today, please visit: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants
Conditional Admission for Undergraduate Applicants
Students who do not have the required English proficiency scores for full admission to MSU, but are academically qualified, may be awarded "admission with conditions." Successful completion of an intensive English program will satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Once the necessary level of proficiency is achieved, students must submit their certificates of completion to the International Admissions team in the Office of International Programs for evaluation.
There is an intensive English program on campus - the INTERLINK Language Center. Students enrolled in INTERLINK are able to live in MSU's residence halls, eat in the dining facilities, and be in the center of our campus community while studying English. When students arrive to MSU for their English training, they will take an English Placement Test (EPT) to determine the level of proficiency before beginning the language training. Upon completion of level 6, students can begin their academic programs at MSU.
Students must understand that, depending on the results of the EPT, they may be:
- Granted full admission to MSU for demonstrating English proficiency;
- Required to take part-time ESL courses while beginning one or more academic courses; or,
- Required to take full-time ESL courses until the required level of English proficiency is reached.
Exemptions from Providing Proof of English Proficiency
Students who graduate with an IB diploma are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.
If you have received a high school, bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree from an institution in the United States or another country where English is the native and official language, an English proficiency examination is not required. Please see the list below.
NOTE: The Office of International Programs reserves the right to request students to submit proof of English proficiency, even if they meet the above-mentioned requirements.