Options for Proving English Proficiency

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
iTEP 3.7
PTE Academic 48
English3 58
SAT - Writing Score 650
ACT - English score 27

 *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
Spokane College of English Language Successful completion of English 140 (grade minimum of 81%)

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:

Montana State University Bozeman, Undergraduate Admission
Office of International Programs
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 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:

  1. Granted full admission to MSU for demonstrating English proficiency;
  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.

Countries 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.

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