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English Language Proficiency Requirements

To ensure a successful academic experience at Saint Louis University, we require international applicants to demonstrate they are proficient in the English language by submitting scores from any one of the following standardized tests:

Test Type Minimum Score
Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) 550
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 80
PTE 54
Evidence-Based Reading/Writing portion of the SAT 540
English portion of the ACT 21

You can also submit proof that you’ve successfully completed a college-level English class (not an ESL class) at an accredited college or university in the United States instead of a test score.

If you are applying as an international graduate student, your requirements will be determined by your program.

If you do not meet SLU’s direct entry requirements, we encourage you to apply to the Pathway or English Language programs offered by INTO Saint Louis University.

Submitting and Scheduling Your Tests

Saint Louis University’s Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for submitting TOEFL and SAT scores is 6629 and for ACT scores is 2352. Your TOEFL and IELTs scores are considered valid for two years.

Schedule Your Test


ESL and Pathway Programs

If you do not meet our English proficiency requirements, you may still be able to come to SLU. Our Academic English (English as a Second Language) and Pathway programs can provide conditional admission for international students.

Exceptions and Additional Testing

Saint Louis University reserves the right to make exceptions on an individual basis and the right to require additional testing of any incoming international student’s English language skills.

You may be required to take appropriate academic English courses prior to — or in conjunction with — enrolling in the University's academic programs.