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 an international student for admission, the university considers several factors in the student’s application including English proficiency. Students may demonstrate proficiency by a test score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or the PTE Academic exam. The minimum score required by Central for undergraduate students is a TOEFL exam score of 500/61 (BPT/IBT), IELTS exam score of 5.5, or PTE Academic exam score of 44. The minimum score required by Central for graduate students is a TOEFL exam score of 550/79 (BPT/IBT), IELTS exam score of 6.0, or PTE academic score of 53.
Any newly admitted undergraduate international student whose native language is not English may be required to undergo further English evaluation for oral and written proficiency. This evalution involves taking two additional English tests after arriving on campus for orientation. 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 secured a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (PBT) or 92 (IBT), an IELTS score of 7.0, or a PTE Academic score of 68.
2) Students who have earned a degree from an appropriately regionally accredited United States college or university.
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 24 semester hours of regular university credit from an appropriately regionally accredited United States college or university. Hours earned from an Intensive English Program are not counted toward the 24 hour requirement.
5) Graduate students (Except those majoring in TESL).
|Country||TOEFL Required to Apply||Speak and Essay Test Required at Orientation|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of The||Yes||Yes|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||No||No|
|Trinidad & Tobago||No||Yes|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||No||No|
|United Arab Emirates||Yes||Yes|