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English Proficiency Requirements

Taking the TOEFL and/or IELTS test is not required for admission for most undergraduate programs.

If you have taken these exams, you are welcome to send us your scores in order to be exempt from most, but not all, placement tests. Please read the below policy carefully in order to understand our testing requirements. 

Your application is evaluated on how well you have performed academically in your eduational system at home, not on English proficiency. Upon arrival at Duquesne, you will be required to sit for English Language Placement Tests. If test results indicate a need for English, the student is enrolled in appropriate courses with the on-campus ESL program. The number of academic courses taken together with any assigned ESL classes will depend upon placement test results. Students with low levels of English should be prepared to take all ESL classes their first or second semesters here.

This system allows you to receive an acceptance to a degree program. If you are interested in a year of ESL classes without any intentions of applying to a degree program, please visit our ESL website.

The following students are exempt from all placement exams except the writing sample portion of the placement test. All international students, including transfer students from American universities, must be cleared by the ESL department before registering for classes.
  • Students who submit a TOEFL score of at least 575 (PBT)/90-91 (IBT)/ 233 (CBT) taken within one year of admission
  • Students who submit an IELTS score of at least 6.5; 
  • Students who have achieved an education in an English-speaking country (subject to review by the Office of International Programs)

Our English proficiency requirement applies to all undergraduate international students, including transfer applicants.  

Graduate students should consult their own departments on the TOEFL or IELTS requirements. 


CaMLA English Placement Test (EPT) - (Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading and Listening - 60 minutes): New undergraduate students without a documented TOEFL score of iBT 90 or higher must take this test.

Duquesne University ESL Program Writing Test (30 minutes): All new students are required to take this test.

SPEAK Test (Test of Spoken English) (1 hour): New graduate students and all new students in Health Sciences and Nursing must take this test.

Computer Skills Test (30 minutes): New ESL students at the Intermediate level must take a Computer Skills course if they do not pass this test. Degree-seeking students in Computer Science or Multimedia are not required to take the class workshop.