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English Proficiency

Students must provide proof of English Proficiency with ONE of the following methods unless you have completed two years or more of high (secondary) school in the U.S., or in one of the exempt countries/schools listed at the bottom of the page.

Those not meeting Regular or Conditional Admission requirements below may consider the Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program. TSIE is for students who wish to study academic American English and culture for personal or professional enrichment, as well as serving students interested in studying at Texas State in the future. Applying for TSIE is done directly with them.

Please note: Applicants transferring to Texas State from other U.S. schools prior to earning a bachelor's degree are NOT exempted from the English proficiency requirement. 


Minimum Score for
Regular Admission
Total: 78;
Each Section: 19; Except Writing: 18
Total: 550 Overall: 6.5;
Each Section: 6.0
Grade of "C" Grade of "B3"
Minimum Score for
Conditional Admission
Total: 59; Each Section: 14 Total: 500 Overall: 5.5;
Each Section: 5.5
Not Applicable Not Applicable

All test dates must be within 2 years of the first day of class of your application term. Tests taken more than 2 years before planned start date for classes are invalid, unless there is other evidence of continued English language proficiency.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Grade of 4, 5, 6 or 7 in English A1 or A2 at the Higher Level or Standard Level or English B at the Higher Level is required for regular admission (predicted or actual).

Regionally Accredited U.S. Institution

Thirty semester hours of college coursework completed on-campus at a regionally accredited U.S. institution. The thirty hours must include English 1310 College Writing I and English 1320 College Writing II with grades of “C” or better.

Completion of all level 4550 Texas State Intensive English classes

Completion of all 4550 level ISIE courses with composite grade of A or B and positive recommendation from program director.

English Language Testing Exempt Countries and Territories

America Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Caymen, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Trust, American/British/English Schools — by name, primarily serving non-citizen English-speakers in non-English speaking countries.