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Additional Testing of English Proficiency

Congratulations on being admitted as a student to University of Central Missouri!  One of the most important factors in your success as an international student at Central is your ability to communicate effectively in English with your professors and classmates.

When considering a student for admission, the university considers several factors in the student’s application.  One factor, which is considered for international students, is their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  The minimum score required by Central is 500/173/61 (paper/computer/Internet) for undergraduates and 550/213/79 (paper/computer/Internet) or above for graduate students. 

Although the TOEFL test measures students’ knowledge of English in listening, grammar, and reading comprehension, it does not evaluate their ability to express their own ideas in spoken and written English.  Therefore, when a student receives a score of 500 or 550 or above, these scores do not mean that the student has demonstrated all of the language skills in English that are needed to succeed in university studies in the U.S. some students may need additional study in English.

For that reason, many new international students at University of Central Missouri must take two additional tests after arriving on campus.  Each test requires students to communicate in English about everyday topics or events.  These tests do not examine students’ factual knowledge about the world.  The purpose of each test is to evaluate students’ ability to use English to communicate clearly with English speaking students and professors in the United States.

This testing of international students’ spoken and written English takes place during the orientation program for new international students that is held each semester during the week before classes begin.  Therefore, it is very important that you arrive in Warrensburg in time to rest up from your trip before you take the tests.  The two tests together take approximately an hour and a half.  Once you receive your test results, you can enroll in classes.

If you are successful on both tests, you will not be required to take any additional English as a second language (ESL) courses ** at University of Central Missouri.  However, if your scores indicate that you would benefit from further ESL study you will be required to enroll in either a three credit course that will help you develop your English conversation and listening skills or a three credit course for developing your English writing skills.  You must enroll in these courses during your first semester on campus.  Each of these courses is designed to offer you practical assistance in developing your ability to communicate in English. Those undergraduate international students who test out of ESL courses must still satisfy all General Study requirements at the university (for example, the composition and literature courses that all undergraduate students at Central are required to take).  Generally English courses taken outside the United States—in countries where English is not the native language—will not satisfy the English General Studies requirements.

Please understand that English courses taken at other universities or the results from other English tests will not be considered in this evaluation of your English language skills.

Some students will be exempt from the additional English testing. Those students include:
1) Students who have earned a TOEFL score or equivalent of 580 (paper-based), or 92 (Internet-based).
2) Students from countries defined as having English as the primary official language of education.
3) Students who have earned an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree from a university in a country in which English is the native language, including all universities inside the United States.
4) Students who have earned a minimum of 30 regular semester hours (US equivalent) from a US university. Hours earned from an Intensive English Program are not counted toward the 30 hour requirement.
5) Graduate students (Except those majoring in TESL).

 

Country TOEFL Required to Apply Speak and Essay Test Required at Orientation
Algeria Yes Yes
Angola Yes Yes
Anguilla Yes Yes
Argentina Yes Yes
Australia No No
Austria Yes Yes
Azerbaijan Yes Yes
Bahamas, The No No
Bahrain Yes Yes
Bangladesh Yes Yes
Barbados No No
Belarus Yes Yes
Belgium Yes Yes
Belize Yes Yes
Bolivia Yes Yes
Botswana No Yes
Brazil Yes Yes
Bulgaria Yes Yes
Burkina Faso Yes Yes
Burma Yes Yes
Cambodia Yes Yes
Cameroon No Yes
Canada No No
Chad Yes Yes
China Yes Yes
Colombia Yes Yes
Congo, Democratic Republic of The Yes Yes
Croatia Yes Yes
Cyprus Yes Yes
Czech Republic Yes Yes
Denmark Yes Yes
Ecuador Yes Yes
Egypt Yes Yes
Ethiopia Yes Yes
Finland Yes Yes
France Yes Yes
Gambia, The No Yes
Gaza Strip Yes Yes
Germany Yes Yes
Ghana No Yes
Greece Yes Yes
Grenada Yes Yes
Honduras Yes Yes
Hong Kong Yes Yes
Hungary Yes Yes
Iceland Yes Yes
India Yes Yes
Indonesia Yes Yes
Iran Yes Yes
Iraq Yes Yes
Israel Yes Yes
Italy Yes Yes
Jamaica No No
Japan Yes Yes
Jordan Yes Yes
Kazakhstan Yes Yes
Kenya No Yes
Kuwait Yes Yes
Laos Yes Yes
Lebanon Yes Yes
Liberia No Yes
Malawi Yes Yes
Malaysia Yes Yes
Mali Yes Yes
Mauritania Yes Yes
Mexico Yes Yes
Moldova Yes Yes
Mongolia Yes Yes
Morocco Yes Yes
Nepal Yes Yes
Netherlands Yes Yes
New Zealand No No
Nigeria No Yes
Norway Yes Yes
Oman Yes Yes
Pakistan Yes Yes
Panama Yes Yes
Peru Yes Yes
Philippines Yes Yes
Poland Yes Yes
Romania Yes Yes
Russia Yes Yes
Rwanda Yes Yes
Saint Kitts and Nevis No No
Saudi Arabia Yes Yes
Senegal Yes Yes
Serbia Yes Yes
Sierra Leone No Yes
Singapore Yes Yes
Slovakia Yes Yes
Somalia Yes Yes
South Africa Yes Yes
South Korea Yes Yes
Spain Yes Yes
Sri Lanka Yes Yes
Sudan Yes Yes
Sweden Yes Yes
Syria Yes Yes
Taiwan Yes Yes
Tanzania No Yes
Thailand Yes Yes
Togo Yes Yes
Trinidad & Tobago No Yes
Tunisia Yes Yes
Turkey Yes Yes
Turks and Caicos Islands No No
Uganda No Yes
Ukraine Yes Yes
United Arab Emirates Yes Yes
United Kingdom No No
Uzbekistan Yes Yes
Venezuela Yes Yes
Vietnam Yes Yes
West Bank Yes Yes
Yemen Yes Yes
Zambia No Yes
Zimbabwe No Yes