Language Proficiency Requirements

International students have to demonstrate English proficiency.  This may be done by sending us results from the below tests, or by testing onsite after arrival.  
If you are not a native English speaker and have taken one of the following tests, please send us the results.
  • TOEFL IBT score of 74 (with no sub score below 18) or CBT score of 200 or paper-based score above 525 combined with demonstrated competency in essay writing
  • IELTS band score of 6.5 or higher
  • EIKEN (Step) score of Grade Pre-1
  • iTEP Academic score of 3.9
  • PTE Academic score of 50
  • Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency score of 74 
  • Duolingo English Test Score of 90
We will also accept the following to demonstrate language proficiency:
  • IB Diploma  
  • ACT Composite Score of 24/21 English
  • SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing 540
     (Maryville's test codes are SAT: 1454, ACT: 3988)
  • American, British or English-based Curriculum & International Schools (contact us to confirm - case by case evaluation)
Students who are currently attending a US high school or college (and who did not need ESL classes in high school) do NOT need to submit English Proficiency results.)
If you do not have language proficiency results  or do not meet the above scores you will be offered the opportunity to take an online English Proficiency Test.   If your test scores are lower than expected, don't worry!  We have an ESL-College Pathway Program that will keep you on track to graduate*.
TOEFL Information:
If you have any questions regarding TOEFL test dates and locations, please visit

IELTS Information:
IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia, IELTS Australia. Please visit if you have any questions. 

EIKEN Information:
For EIKEN/Step test, please visit

iTEP ACADEMIC Information:
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PTE Academic Information:
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Duolingo English Test Information
The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with [institution name] when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
Find more information on their website