English Proficiency

Options for Meeting the English Proficiency Admission Requirement

In order to succeed academically at the university level, students must have a good mastery of English language skills. Proficiency in English for study at the undergraduate level must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT) 71
Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT) 525
iTEP 3.7
PTE Academic 48
SAT - Writing Score 650
ACT - English 27
A.C.E. Language Institute Successful completion of Level 6
BridgeEnglish Language Center Successful completion of Program Level B2
EC Language Centres  Successful completion of Upper Intermediate Level
EF International Language Centers Successful completion of Program Level C1-1
EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency Successful completion of Program Grade Pre-1
ELS Language Centers Successful completion of Program Level 112
Embassy CES 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
Spokane College of English Language Successful completion of English 140 (grade of minimum 81%)


Countries Exempt from 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.

Falkland Islands
Antigua & Barbuda
New Zealand
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
British Virgin Islands
Trinidad & Tobago
Canada (except Quebec)
Isle of Man
Turks & Caicos Islands
Cayman Islands
United Kingdom
United States Territories

 NOTE: The Office of International Programs reserves the right to request students to submit proof of English proficiency, even if they are from an above-listed country.

Score Submission

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:

MSU International Admissions
400 Culbertson Hall
P.O. Box 172260
Bozeman, MT 59717 USA.

PTE Academic

PTE Academic scores must be sent through PTE's secure portal. Read the instructions below or watch the step-by-step instructional video.

  1. Visit www.vue.com/pte and click on 'My Account' to login
  2. Click 'Send Scores'
  3. Type Montana State University in the field marked 'Institution / Organization / Department / School' and click 'Search'
  4. Tick the box next to the MSU's name when it appears in the list
  5. 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.

Conditional Admission for Undergraduate Applicants

Students who do not have the required TOEFL score for full admission to MSU, but are academically qualified, may be considered for "admission with conditions." Any student who wishes to be admitted with conditions should submit a letter with the application that explains: 1) his/her level of English proficiency, 2) the reason that a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic score is not available or that the score is lower than the requirement, and 3) indicates a willingness to take an English Placement Test (EPT) at the on-campus Language Institute upon arrival at MSU and to take any required ESL classes, if any part of the EPT is not passed.

Students must understand that, depending on the results of the EPT, a student may be 1) granted full admission, 2) required to take part-time ESL courses while beginning one or more academic courses, or 3) required to take full-time ESL courses until the required level of English proficiency is reached.

Intensive Language Instruction can be taken at the A.C.E. Language Institute.


Last updated: 5/3/2016