English Proficiency Requirements

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

English Language Proficiency Requirements Minimum score
TOEFL Internet-Based 61
IELTS* 5.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall Score of 51
Common European Framework (CEFR) B2 or higher
Cambridge English Language Assessment B2 or higher
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) 160
ACT** 20

**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.