English Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency in English is required for undergraduate and graduate study at Pacific Lutheran University. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Proficiency can be demonstrated in multiple ways, such as through official English test scores or by completing secondary school in certain countries and where English is the medium of instruction. See below for all of the methods to demonstrate English proficiency.

Proof of English Proficiency

  • TOEFL:  79
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China:  CEFR Level C1
  • IELTS:  6.5
  • Duolingo English Test:  115
  • PTE:  56

PLU does not provide fee waivers or coupons for English language tests.

Oxford ELLT can be used as evidence of an applicant’s English language proficiency for international admissions.

Register to take the Oxford ELLT Digital through our link:  https://tests.oidigitalinstitute.com/register-partner/ellt/pacific-lutheran-university-4492

You can also benefit from using our discount code at checkout to purchase the test for only $144 USD (Oxford ELLT Digital only):  PLU10

For admission, candidates need to achieve:


For more information about the Oxford ELLT and to access sample tests, visit https://oxfordellt.com/ellt/

More information about the functionality of Oxford ELLT:

Oxford ELLT Digital Sign Up: https://youtu.be/K-CEN8kYHME

Oxford ELLT Payment: https://youtu.be/jxaoFmTpUDg

Starting Oxford ELLT Component: https://youtu.be/OUVpKphca_o

Oxford ELLT Booking Speaking Test: https://youtu.be/WtJy2u2B7SQ

Oxford ELLT Global Book a Test: https://youtu.be/oWugCX4XmEs

  • SAT (English):  500
  • ACT (English):  21
  • GCE O-Level (English):  B

College Studies

  • Completion of one College level English class w/ B or better (Semester System)
  • Completion of two College level English classes w/ B or better (Quarter System)

Secondary School Studies

  • Secondary school diploma from an institution in Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) or the Netherlands (with a high school English score of 7 or higher).
  • Secondary school diploma from an institution in the following countries where English is the general medium of instruction:  United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Botswana, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Malta, Monserrat, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Islands, Vanuatu.
  • Official documentation from the applicant’s secondary diploma granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed in the two bullet points above) verifying that all instruction is in English may be accepted on a case-by-case basis upon review by a PLU admission counselor. A minimum of two years of enrollment at the institution is required. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following:
    • Official or attested letter from the school principal, guidance counselor, English teacher, Registrar or Controller of Examinations office.
    • Official transcripts, attested mark sheets or diploma statements are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction.

English proficiency for undergraduate nursing programs

Undergraduate nursing majors are required to have a higher level of English proficiency demonstrated through TOEFL or IELTS scores. Learn more about the School of Nursing English proficiency requirements here.

Don’t meet the minimum English proficiency? Start with PLU’s International Pathway Program!

English proficiency for International Pathway Program

Students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement for direct admission can instead apply for PLU’s International Pathway Program (IPP). Standard & Advanced IPP options are available depending on the student’s existing English proficiency.

IPP LevelMinimum TOEFL scoreMinimum IELTS scoreMinimum Duolingo score