English proficiency requirements
As an international student, you are required to meet the university's English proficiency requirements.
Report your score to Wayne State University using institution code 1898.
TOEFL iBT and IELTS
Minimum scores of 79-80 TOEFL iBT and IELTS 6.5 are required for admission to Wayne State.
WSU also accepts exam scores from the 4 skill Michigan English Test (MET). You must score a minimum of 64 on the MET.
WSU also accepts exam scores from the Duolingo English test. You must score a minimum of 125 on the Duolingo test. The Duolingo test is available online anytime, anywhere.
Visit the Duolingo website to learn more.
English proficiency exemptions
If your native language is not English but you have been instructed in the English language, you 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, you are exempt from TOEFL/TWE/OPI:
Your native language is English.
- You have completed all secondary or postsecondary education in the United States, Canada or other another English-speaking country. The following countries are also exempt from taking the TOEFL:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Cayman Islands
- Great Britain (UK)
- New Zealand
- Saint Lucia
- South Africa
- St. Kitts Nevis Ang.
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Virgin Islands (British)
- Virgin Islands (US)
You are an international student or student whose education was completed outside of the United States in a non-English speaking country, regardless of visa status, who has completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree (college parallel degree) from a U.S. institution.
You have completed acceptable transfer credits from a U.S. institution equivalent to Wayne State's basic composition and intermediate composition requirements with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
What if I am affected by TOEFL test center exam closures due to COVID-19?
ETS launched the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition test on March 23, 2020, in selected areas to meet the needs of students affected by test center closures. It's the same valid and reliable TOEFL iBT test, delivered to test takers at home. Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing. Visit the ETS website to learn more.
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.
Which countries are exempt from taking the TOEFL?
Antigua and Barbuda
Great Britain (UK)
St. Kitts Nevis Ang.
Trinidad & Tobago
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
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.