English-Language Proficiency Examinations

All courses at UC (except for foreign language courses) are taught in English. If your native language is not English, or your high school or college/university education has been in a country where the language of instruction was not in English, you must provide evidence of a sufficient level of English proficiency (see below). Students with US citizenship are not exempt from this requirement.

If you attend an institution where the language of instruction is English, located in a country where English is the official language of instruction, you are not required to submit proof of English-language proficiency.

Qualifications Minimum Score
TOEFL Internet-based 80-83*
TOEFL Paper-based 550
TOEFL Paper-delivered 60
IELTS 6.5-7.0*
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced B
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency C
International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination in English: Literature, or Language and Literature 5
International Baccalaureate Standard Level Examination in English: Literature, or Language and Literature 6

* Minimum score may vary by host UC: 

  • TOEFL Internet-Based required for UCLA/UCSD is 83 
  • IELTS required for UCD/UCLA/UCSD is 7.0.

How should I submit my documentation?

TOEFL

Scores are valid for up to two years from the testing date.

Report your score electronically. Reporting is included in the cost of the test if you designate the score recipient when you register. 

Select: 4795 U CA ED Abroad 

Select: Dept. code 00 (two zeroes) or Undergraduate 

If you cannot find 4795 U CA ED Abroad on the institutional reporting menu, ask for assistance.

IELTS

Scores are valid for up to two years from the testing date.

Ask that your score be sent to

Reciprocal Programs
UC Education Abroad Program, Systemwide Office
6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117- 5823
USA

Cambridge English Qualifications

Scores for these qualifications do not expire. Upload your certificate.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Scores for these qualifications do not expire. Upload your diploma.

 

Qualifications Minimum Score
TOEFL Internet-based 80-90
TOEFL Paper-based 550-570
IELTS 7.0

Minimum score may vary by host UC.

How should I submit my documentation?

TOEFL

Scores are valid for up to two years from the testing date.

Report your score electronically. Reporting is included in the cost of the test if you designate the score recipient when you register.

Select: Host UC

Select: Dept.code (if applicable)

See department specific instructions.

IELTS

Scores are valid for up to two years from the testing date.

Ask that your scores be sent to the host UC graduate admissions office or department.

See department specific instructions.

Qualifications Minimum Score
UC Berkeley English-language proficiency requirements
UC Los Angeles English-language proficiency requirements

Accepted English-language proficiency document may vary depending on the host UC.

These may include:

  • TOEFL 
  • IELTS 
  • interview by phone or video conference
  • letter from the home university.