English Proficiency Requirements

The international applicant must possess written and oral proficiency in the English language; therefore, the student is required to submit official test scores for one of the tests listed below. Please access the websites for information on costs and instructions for these tests.

How you score on your English proficiency exam will determine whether you will need to take Spring Arbor University English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in your first two semesters. The following toggles explain the exam scores necessary to obtain regular or conditional admission.

English Proficiency Test Requirements

English Proficiency Test Requirements

Regular admission at Spring Arbor University allows the student to take a full academic course load with no classes required in English as a Second Language. The student must earn the following minimum scores and sub-scores for regular admission. Once we have received your results, we will determine whether ESL classes will be required for the first and second semesters.

TOEFL (iBT): 79 – no sub-score lower than 17, writing score of 4/16

TOEFL (PBT): 550 – no sub-score lower than 52

IELTS: 6.5 – no band score lower than 6.0

MELAB: 77 – Composition subtest score of 77

Exceptions

If a student earned a high school diploma or certificate at a school where all instruction was in English, the student does not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores, but the student must submit a SAT or ACT score instead. The SAT Critical Reading score must be 480 or higher. The ACT English and Reading scores must be 16 or higher. Students who score 16 or 17 on the ACT English or Reading will be required to take English language courses in writing and/or reading prior to taking the college level English writing course.

ESL Conditional Admission

ESL Conditional Admission

SAU’s Academic Student Connections department teaches ESL courses. ESL courses are available for academic credit and calculated into the student’s GPA. These courses are taught on a limited basis to students not yet proficient in English to enroll in a full load of college-level courses. Conditionally admitted ESL students are required to take ESL classes in their first and second semesters based on information from their placement tests, sub-scores and total scores achieved on TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB and SAT or ACT Reading and English sub-scores. Students are permitted to enroll for one or two college-level courses while taking the required ESL courses. Students with the following scores or sub-scores are considered as ESL Conditional Admission.

TOEFL (iBT): 69 – no sub-score lower than 15

TOEFL (PBT): 525 – no sub-score lower than 50, writing score of 3

IELTS: 6.0 – no band score lower than 5.5

MELAB: 77 – Composition subtest score of 77

Exceptions for conditional admission

If the student earned a high school diploma or certificate at a school where all instruction was in English, then the student does not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores. Instead, the student must submit an SAT or ACT score. If the SAT Reading score is less than 480 or the ACT Reading and English scores are 16 or 17, then the student is required to take English language courses in reading and/or writing prior to taking the college level English writing course.

English Proficiency Tests

English proficiency tests

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language – toefl.org
For TOEFL scores to be sent to Spring Arbor University, enter our code 1732 on your registration form.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System – ielts.org
For IELTS scores to be sent to Spring Arbor University, please include our address on your registration form: Spring Arbor University, Office of Admissions, 106 E Main Street, Spring Arbor, MI 49283.

MELAB: Michigan English Language Assessment Battery – cambridgemichigan.org/melab
For MELAB scores to be sent to Spring Arbor University, please include our address on your registration form: Spring Arbor University, Office of Admissions, 106 E Main Street, Spring Arbor, MI 49283.

Note: Students submitting coursework from other U.S. universities (including ESL schools) who wish to bypass taking ESL classes at SAU must submit TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores (no more than six months old) or take a writing sample and reading placement test upon arrival on Spring Arbor University’s campus.