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English Proficiency

English Proficiency Requirements

To ensure your academic success you must demonstrate English proficiency during the application process. Proof of English Proficiency is required if English is not your native language and you have not met the requirement through the satisfaction of any of the options in item 1 (below), regardless of residency or visa status. Applicants for the Korean- or Spanish-language theology programs are not required to submit proof of English proficiency). There are a few ways to demonstrate and fulfill the English proficiency requirements:

1. Prior studies in English

You can demonstrate English proficiency by verifying that your prior studies (secondary school or postsecondary) were conducted in English. You must verify all of the following:

  • You completed at least two years of full-time study without ESL/EFL support/classes.
  • Your studies in English ended no more than two years before applying to APU.
  • The language of instruction was English.

To verify these points, you must provide academic transcripts, along with an official letter from the institution where you studied stating that the language of instruction was English.

– OR –

2. English testing by one of the following options:

A. Acceptable English proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo

You can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score report that meets or exceeds the requirements listed below. The university considers the component scores for admissions.


Student Level Total 120 Reading Listening Speaking Writing
Undergraduate 80 20 20 18 22
Graduate 90 22 22 22 24
Doctoral 100 25 25 25 25


Student Level Overall 9
Undergraduate 6.5
Graduate 7
Doctoral 8

TESL 500 is available for anyone seeking additional support.


Student Level Score
Undergraduate 115
Graduate 130
Doctoral 130