TOEFL Requirements

International students admitted to UCA who submit an official paper-based TOEFL score of 500 or higher (or Internet-based TOEFL of 61 or higher) are not required to enroll in the Intensive English Program. Students who do not submit a TOEFL score or whose score is less than 500 (61 on IBT) will begin classes in IEP. Currently, it is not necessary for students to take TOEFL before entering the IEP.

Students who finish IEP with a grade of A or B in each class are eligible to enroll as full-time undergraduate students at UCA without taking the TOEFL. IEP students in other levels are only eligible to enroll as full-time undergraduate students if they receive a TOEFL score of 500 (IBT 61). The UCA graduate school requires a TOEFL score of 550 (80 on iBT) for admission.

The Institutional TOEFL is given once each 8-week term during the Fall and Spring semester and once during the summer session for UCA students who wish to take it. Scores obtained at the Institutional Testing Program Administrations are reported by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) only to the administering institution. This means that UCA is the only institution to receive or use the scores of students who take the Institutional TOEFL at UCA, but both the undergraduate and graduate schools at UCA accept our  scores.

Institutional TOEFL test dates are determined at the beginning of each term and announced by the IEP Directer. Students need to register and pay for the Institutional TOEFL before the announced deadline.

The IEP often provides an elective TOEFL preparation course which may be taken by upper-level IEP students interested in becoming familiar with the test format and developing specific TOEFL skills.  This class is not included in regular IEP tuition.

More information about the TOEFL is available on the ETS Website. For a chart comparing paper-based and Internet-based TOEFL scores, click here.