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 Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). You must score a minimum of 85 on the MELAB and 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
Visit the MELAB 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
- Great Britain (UK)
- St. Kitts Nevis Ang.
- Cayman Islands
- Saint Lucia
- New Zealand
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Virgin Islands (British)
- Virgin Islands (US)
- South Africa
You are an international or non-immigrant transfer student from a non-English speaking country 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.
- 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? If you completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution in one of the following countries, you do not have to take 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.