Stephen F. Austin State University

English Proficiency Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

Stephen F. Austin State University offers Conditional Admission pending English proficiency for international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This means that you do not need English proficiency to be accepted into an academic program. You do, however, need English proficiency in order to begin your academic studies. English proficiency may be demonstrated in several ways:

All English tests must have been taken within the last 2 years to be considered valid for admission.

If an accepted student fails to demonstrate English proficiency upon their arrival, they will be placed in the appropriate level of our English Language Institute (ELI) and must successfully complete this program prior to beginning their academic program.

* The Graduate Mathematical Sciences program and Performing Artist Certificate program have set their English proficiency requirements at TOEFL 70 iBT/500 pBT, IELTS 6.0, and PTE 48.

Option to complete proficiency through the SFA English Language Program (ELI):

Please note that the ELI does not provide beginning English instruction. Students should already possess an intermediate level of English proficiency. Although TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required to be admitted to the program, successful ELI students should enter with skills equivalent to a score no lower than a 46 on the TOEFL or a 5.0 on the IELTS. Students should be able to comprehend and respond to conversational English, read and comprehend simplified academic texts, and write simple sentences. For most students, a minimum of two years' previous study of English is necessary for success in the program.

If applicants submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (no more than 2 years old) with their applications, they will be placed as follows:

TOEFL iBT Score IELTS Score Resulting Placement
0 - 45 0 - 4.5 ELI Level 2 with caution
46 - 57 5.0 ELI Level 2
58 - 68 5.5 ELI Level 3
69 - 78 6.0 ELI Level 4
79 - 120 6.5 and above University classes
Students who do not provide test scores will be required to pay $50 fee to take an English Proficiency / Placement test through our office before semester classes begin and will be placed into the appropriate level of instruction based on the test results.

Conditional Admission for ELS or TIEP Students!

Students who complete Level 112 at an ELS Center - or - students who complete Level 160 with no grade lower than B (not B-) or Level 150 with no grade lower than A (not A-) at TIEC will meet the English Language requirement.