Admission Requirements

In response to the limited availability of IELTS and TOEFL testing centers due to the Novel Coronavirus, beginning February 25, UNK will accept the Duolingo English Test for admission to an undergraduate program of study.   Duolingo exams taken between March 1, 2020 and July 24, 2020 will be accepted in place of an in-person English proficiency exam score. This policy applies to new admissions only.  It does not apply to students currently enrolled in UNK’s English Language Institute.

The Duolingo English Test is $49 and may be taken from any computer that has a camera, audio and reliable internet.  You will need either a passport, driver license, or national/state ID to show the camera at the start of the exam.  The exam portion of the Duolingo English Test will assess your abilities in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and will take about 45 minutes to complete.  Following the exam, there will be an interview portion that will ask you to respond to various prompts in 30 to 90 seconds.  Once you receive your certified test results, you can log in to your account and send your results to UNK.    Your score will be valid for two years from the date the test was taken.

Here are some helpful links for understanding and preparing for the Duolingo English Test:

Information on preparing for the exam

Take the exam or a practice exam

Frequently asked questions

Please see below chart for minimum score required for a full undergraduate admission:

English Language Proficiency Requirements Minimum score
TOEFL Internet-Based 61
TOEFL - paper based test* 500
Institutional TOEFL - for exchange students only 530
IELTS* 5.5
Duolingo English Test 90
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall Score of 51
Common European Framework (CEFR) B2 or higher
Cambridge English Language Assessment B2 or higher
ACT** 20
SAT**
1030

**Although an ACT or SAT exam is not required for international undergraduate admission, UNK strongly encourages students to submit one of these exam scores if possible. An ACT English of 20 or SAT critical reading score of 494 will meet the English proficiency requirement regardless of total score. Further, UNK uses ACT and SAT scores in course placement and consideration for Honors Program eligibility and Academic Merit Scholarships.

Unofficial test scores will not be accepted. Students submit official test scores in the following ways:

  1. submit the official score report issued to them by the testing company

  2. have scores sent directly to UNK from the testing center or company

  3. submit a high school transcript showing successful completion of a CEFR level of B2 or higher.

Students with scores lower than the minimum requirements, or in a country where these tests are unavailable, can apply to UNK’s English Language Institute. If accepted into this program, you will take an English Placement Exam upon arrival to campus. The result of this exam will determine placement in intensive English classes on a full- or part-time basis.


If you match this profile, apply now.

If you do not meet the English proficiency requirement, you can still come to UNK by applying to the English Language Institute.