English Proficiency

In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. This may be demonstrated by any of the following methods:

  • Graduation from a U.S. high school
  • Completion of an approved University System of Georgia (USG) campus-based ESL program of study
  • Proof of degree completion inside or outside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction
  • Proof of completion of the equivalent of English 1101 and/or 1102 with a grade of C or better, at an accredited U.S. institution
  • Minimum scores on one of the following approved English proficiency tests:
Test Minimum Score
TOEFL (Paper) – Test of English as a Foreign Language 523
TOEFL (Internet) – Test of English as a Foreign Language 69
IELTS – International English Language Testing System 6
PTE – Pearson Test of English Academic 58
SAT Critical Reading Score 430
ACT English Score 17
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 77
Cambridge English Scale Score 169 (CPE=180)
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE & “O” Level “English” exams “D” or better
UK GCSE “English” exam “C” or better
UK GCE A-Level “English” exam “C” or better
EdExcel International A-Levels and EGCSE English exams “D” or better

*Low English proficiency scores may require additional testing into possible Learning Support or ESL courses at PC.

Non-native English speaking students who do not yet have the required level of English proficiency for admission are encouraged to seek the following support: