English Language Proficiency

We require all non-native English speakers to take and pass one of several available proficiency exams. Scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam.

Proficiency Test Program Minimum Score


Test Description 

Test of English as a Foreign Language
MS in Regulatory Affairs 85 and a
writing portion of 22
Internet based and measures four areas of English language skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
  Doctor of Education 100  
  All other graduate programs 79 and a
writing portion of 20 
  Global Classroom Finance and Accounting Mgmt 84  
  All other undergraduate programs 79  
International English Language Testing System 
(including MS in Regulatory Affairs) 
no band lower than 6 
Measures ability to communicate in English across listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. For those who intend to work/study where English is  primary language.
  Doctor of Education 7
no band lower than a 6.5
  Undergraduate 6.5  
Pearson MS in Regulatory Affairs 57 PTE Academic measures your English ability by testing your level of English through tasks which reflect real-life settings.
  All other graduate programs 53  
  All undergraduate programs 53  
NU Global English Exam*    84 Designed to measure English listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and composition skills.
All test results must be received as official documentation in a sealed envelope
from the testing institution. 

TOEFL code is 4999

Conditional Acceptance to the College of Professional Studies
Applicants who may need to improve English proficiency, but otherwise meet the admissions criteria may be offered conditional acceptance to their program pending successful English language proficiency test results. In order for applicants to be considered for conditional acceptance applicants must submit results from at least one English proficiency language test.

American Classroom Program
Our American Classroom program combines advanced English language training with Northeastern University credit-bearing academic courses. You may enter the program at one of three different levels depending on your language proficiency. Successful completion of Phase 3 allows you to waive the TOEFL language test requirement for admission.

*English Language Proficiency Testing at the College
We offer English proficiency tests to those located in or around the Boston area. For more information, test dates, or to register for the exam, please call 1.877.668.7727 or email cpsadmissions@neu.edu

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