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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.

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 (UMD) to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814

Duolingo English Test | UMD accepts official scores from the Duolingo English Test, which can be taken online and on-demand. 

  • UMD passing score: 120
  • Maryland English Institute score: 115 or lower 


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)UMD accepts official IELTS and IELTS Indicator scores. 

  • UMD passing score: 7
  • Maryland English Institute score: 6.5 or lower


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) | UMD accepts official TOEFL and TOEFL Home Edition scores. At this time, we are not accepting TOEFL superscores known as MyBest Scores. 

  • UMD passing score: 95
  • Maryland English Institute score: 94 or lower


The Maryland English Institute offers instruction and support to help our students meet their academic goals at UMD. 

While a passing English proficiency test score is the only absolute way a student can meet the English language proficiency requirement, we may consider waiving the English proficiency test 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),
  • Associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution,
  • 55+ credits from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with coursework equivalent to English Compositions 1 and 2, or
  • English is your primary language and you have a completed high school or university degree earned from one of the following countries or 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 an official English proficiency score is required.
2. English proficiency test is required for the French system only.
3. English speaking provinces only.


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