English proficiency requirements

As an international student, you are required to meet the university’s English proficiency requirements.

TOEFL iBT and IELTS minimum scores

  • Minimum scores of 79-80 TOEFL iBT and IELTS 6.5 are required.

MELAB minimum score

Wayne State also accepts exam scores from the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

  • You must score a minimum MELAB score of 85 and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.5.
  • Visit the MELAB website to learn more.

English proficiency exemptions

Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of immigration status or citizenship) but who have been instructed in the English language are not necessarily exempt from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of Written English (TWE) and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) requirements. 

If you meet at least one of the following requirements below, you are exempt from TOEFL/TWE/OPI:

  • Your native language is English.
  • You have completed all secondary or post-secondary education in the United States, Canada or other English-speaking countries.
  • If you are an international or non-immigrant transfer student from a non-English speaking country, you are exempt from the TOEFL provided you have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree (college parallel degree) from a U.S. institution, or completed acceptable transfer credits from a U.S. institution of the equivalent of Wayne State’s basic composition and intermediate composition requirements with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Examination contact information


I have lived in the United States for the last 10 years, but all of my previous education was in a country where English is not the native language. Do I still have to take the TOEFL?

Yes. Because your education was completed in a country where English is not the native language, you are still required to provide proof of English proficiency. The TOEFL is the most frequently used standardized indicator of English proficiency in higher education. For further information on registering for the test, visit www.TOEFL.org.

What countries are exempt from taking the TOEFL?

If you completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution in the following countries, you do not have to take the TOEFL:

  • Anguilla 
  • Antigua 
  • Australia 
  • Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Belize 
  • Bermuda 
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Canada (except Quebec) 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Greenland 
  • Guyana 
  • Jamaica 
  • Liberia 
  • New Zealand 
  • St. Kitts and Nevis 
  • St. Lucia 
  • South Africa 
  • Tobago 
  • Trinidad 
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

I took the TOEFL five years ago. Do I have to take it again?

Yes. To be valid, the TOEFL must be no more than two years old upon your application date. Scores that are older than two years cannot be reported by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

What is the WSU Institution Code for test reporting?

Please report your score to Wayne State University using Institution Code 1898.