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International Proficiency Test List and Waiver Countries

International Proficiency Test List and Waiver Countries


Official TOEFL Results: Valid scores from test taken in the last two years must be sent to SDSU School Code 6653.

  • iBT: 61                                     
  • Paper-delivered test: 48
  • Paper Based: 500

IELTS Valid scores from test taken in the last two years with clear TRF must be sent with your admission documents.

  • IELTS Academic overall score 5.5

Pearson Valid scores from test taken in the last two years must be sent to SDSU directly from Pearson.

  • PTE Academic overall score 44

Scholastic Aptitude Test “SAT” scores must be sent to SDSU School Code 6653.

  • (Redesigned): 490 Reading and Writing
  • (Old): 480 Critical Reading

ACT scores must be sent to SDSU School Code 3924.

  • Composite score of 18

IGCSE O-level English: “B” or higher 

IB Curriculum English A Higher Level: Score of 5 or higher

C or better on College English Composition Class from U.S. University or Community College

Cambridge CAE or CPE (pass grade)


Countries that may receive a waiver from exams listed above:

Antigua & Barbuda

Anguilla

Australia

Bahamas, The

Barbados

Belize

British Virgin Islands

Canada (except Quebec)

Cook Islands

Dominica

Fiji

Ghana (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Grenada

Ireland

Jamaica

Liberia (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Malta

Micronesia

Montserrat

New Zealand

Nigeria (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Pitcairn Islands

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

Samoa

Singapore

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos Islands

UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)


International Affairs, South Dakota State University
1300 N. Campus Lane, Box 2115
Briggs Library Suite 119 Brookings, SD 57007
605-688-4122
sdsu.intlstud@sdstate.edu