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English Language Proficiency

If English is not your native language, regardless of your citizenship, you must provide the university with verification of your proficiency in English.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions employs a holistic review process when considering all applicants and will consider all materials submitted in the application package to determine the level of English language proficiency. Listed below are the recommended scores to meet the proficiency requirement and the scores that may require participation in the Maryland English Institute. These are guidelines and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review all application materials when making a final decision. 

Please have an official report of your scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline. Submitted scores must be less than two years old.

For the University of Maryland to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814

For students applying for Fall 2020 admission, we recommend the following scores:

​​​- University of Maryland passing score: 95
- Maryland English Institute score: 94 or lower

(At this time, we are not accepting TOEFL superscores, also known as MyBest™ Scores.)

​- University of Maryland passing score: 7
- Maryland English Institute score: 6.5 or lower

While a passing TOEFL/IELTS score is the only absolute way a student can meet the English language proficiency requirement, we may consider waiving the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if a student has completed one of the following:

  • Four years at a U.S. high school without English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • A.A., bachelor’s, or master’s degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution
  • 55+ credits from a U.S. institution with coursework equivalent to English Compositions 1 and 2
  • A completed high school or university degree earned from one of the following countries and territoties1:


British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
The Gambia
New Zealand
Sierra Leone
South Africa
St. Lucia
St. Vincent
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Kingdom


1. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but the TOEFL is required.
2. TOEFL/IELTS is required for the French system only.
3. English speaking provinces only.


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