Any applicant whose undergraduate degree was earned at an institution where the primary language of instruction is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.
TOEFL, PTE, and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years from the testing date. If your scores are more than two years old at the time your application is reviewed, new scores will be required.
Minimum Score Requirements and English Courses
By accepting admission to the university, the student is agreeing to take any additional English courses that Illinois Institute of Technology deems necessary. Academic departments always reserve the right to require an English language assessment from any applicant.
Stuart School of Business students, this page does NOT apply to you. Please see Professional Communication Advancement for the correct English assessment policy.
In the chart below, Column A contains the minimum scores by test type required for admission consideration. The most current scores at the time of the admission review process are used for an admission decision. Illinois Tech does NOT consider new English language test scores after an admission decision has been made.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST REQUIREMENTS
|Column A||Column B||Column C||Column D|
Minimum Test Score Total for Admission with an Illinois Tech English Language Assessment Requirement
Minimum Test Score Total for Admission without an Illinois Tech English Language Assessment Requirement
Test Score Range for Admission with an Illinois Tech English Language Assessment Requirement
Subscore Requiring an Illinois Tech English Language Assessment for Individual Test Skill(s)
As an example for students who submit a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL):
- (Column A): a minimum total score of 70 is required to be considered for admission to Illinois Tech which, if admitted, will require a student to take an English language assessment exam upon arrival to Illinois Tech.
- (Column B): if a student has a total score of 90 or above, they will NOT be required to take an English assessment exam in any section even if they receive less than 20 subscore (Column D) in any section.
- (Column C): if the total score is 70 to 89, but all subscores (Column D) are 20 or greater, students will NOT be required to take an assessment exam or courses.
- (Column D): if any subsection score is less than 20, students will be required to take an assessment exam in that individual section (unless their total score is Column B); the four subsections include: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
English assessment exams are all free of charge. Please note that PESL courses do not count towards your GPA nor your degree at Illinois Tech; however, each course is 3 credits and counts toward your full-time status (minimum 9 credits for graduate students). If your test results show that you must register for PESL courses, each course is an additional cost.
To learn more please visit the English Language Assessments (PESL).
Score Report Submission
We require official TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores sent directly to Illinois Tech by the testing service. Please request that your scores be set to institution code 1318; no department code is required.
Please allow two to four weeks from the date of your test or score request for delivery and processing of your scores. Your application status will be updated when we receive them.
Your scores will automatically match to your applicant file only if your name is spelled the same way on your TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS registration as on your Illinois Tech application (which should match your passport). If your name is written differently on your TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS registration, or if you believe we should have received your test score, please notify us at email@example.com. Your email should include your Illinois Tech applicant ID number, TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS registration number, testing date, and your first and last name as they appear on your TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS registration.
During the admission process, Illinois Tech waives TOEFL or IELTS requirements if:
- Your first or native language is English
- You have received a degree from an English-speaking institution and have attended that school for at least two years
- Your school’s official medium of instruction is in English, per your transcripts
Waiving the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis for applicants who do not hold undergraduate degrees from English-speaking institutions but who have lived, worked, or studied in the United States for a substantial period of time. Your admission specialist in the Office of Graduate Admission will make this determination with your academic department upon review of your application file.
If you believe you qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver but it has not been waived, please request a waiver after you have uploaded all application documents. If you see “waived” in the Applicant Portal but have not personally requested a waiver, it is because you qualify for an automatic waiver; this includes but is not limited to all Indian applicants.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT WAIVED
The English Proficiency Requirement may be waived if you:
- Completed at least two consecutive years of your education (high school equivalent) in the United States or one of the countries listed below
- Completed a CIEE Applicant Interview
- Have received a score of at least 550 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT, a subscore of at least 30 on the Reading section of the redesigned SAT, or a 25 on the English section of the ACT.
- Have attended one of our partner English schools and completed the following level:
- Illinois Tech's Intensive English Program (IEP): Complete Level 4 (Advanced)
- Kaplan International Center (KIC): Complete level Advanced at any KIC location
- ELS Education Services (ELS): Complete level 112 at any ELS location
- The Language Company: Complete (TLC): Complete level 9 at any TLC location
- Stafford House International: Complete level 9 at any Stafford House location
- Transfer applicants may also have this requirement waived if they have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at a U.S. college or university, excluding any coursework in English as a Second Language.
- Are an applicant from one of the following countries:
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Trinidad and Tobago