English Language Proficiency Requirements

We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

For the undergraduate level and below, international students and nonnative speakers of English are required to have an overall TOEFL score of 60 or higher with a speaking score of 18 or higher; or the overall IELTS score of 6 or higher with the speaking score of 6 or higher. For the graduate level, it is required to have an overall TOEFL score of 79 or higher with a speaking score of 20 or higher; or the overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher with a speaking score of 6.5 or higher. If students have no TOEFL or IELTS score or less than the minimum scores school requires, students must successfully complete the ESL Level 5 at Shepherd ESL program. Completion of Level 5 is one of the admission requirements for students who are admitted under these conditions.

                                  *Minimum TOEFL or IELTS score

Undergraduate
Graduate
TOEFL IBT: 60 (Speaking 18) IBT: 79 (Speaking 20)
IELTS
(Academic module)
Overall 6.0, Speaking 6.0 Overall 6.5, Speaking 6.5


To report IELTS score, please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent to the address below. We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students. An institutional code is NOT required. Test scores must be received by the application deadline of Shepherd University (refer to the academic calendar at the front of SU catalog or the admission requirements at www.shepherduniversity.edu).

Submit to:
Admissions Office
Shepherd University
3200 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065, U.S.A.
Email: admissions@shepherduniversity.edu

To report TOEFL score, have ETS send your TOEFL score to institution code B136 (institution name: Shepherd University, Los Angeles). TOEFL score is effective only for 2 years from the test date you took to the application deadline. We encourage you to take the TOEFL no later than one month prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier.