Language Proficiency Testing Policy

All NYU students must have a strong command of the English language to be successful in a fast-paced, rigorous academic environment. If English is not your native language, and you are applying to our New York campus, you may be asked to submit results from one of the following English language proficiency examinations:

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)
  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency) 
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
  • iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency)


How do I know if I need to take a language proficiency test?

You do not need to if:

  • English is your native language; or 
  • You already completed (at the time of application submission) at least 3 or more consecutive, full academic years at a school/university where the sole language of instruction was English.
     

When do I need to take one of these exams? 

Exams should be completed before the application deadline, and results cannot be more than 2 years old by the application deadline. While we will consider scores received after the our application deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to wait for those scores to arrive before making an admissions decision.

What do I need to score on one of these tests?

We don’t have minimum score requirements, but competitive applicants will receive:

  • 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT
  • 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic
  • 70 and above on the PTE Academic
  • 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale
  • 84 and above on the MELAB
  • 4.5 and above on the iTEP

How do I submit my results to NYU? 

For the TOEFL iBT, use NYU's code 2562.

For the IELTS Academic, search for "New York University" and release results to Undergraduate Admissions as opposed to one of our school or colleges. Similarly, for the PTE Academic, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, select "New York University" as opposed to one of our specific NYU schools or colleges. Searching for "NYU" will not return any results; you must search using our official name.

Am I required to interview with NYU?

No. Interviews are not required for admission to NYU.

We may, however, contact you to further assess your English language abilities after our initial review of your English language proficiency testing. While interviews are not required in the admissions process, NYU highly recommends applicants accept the opportunity should you be contacted regarding an interview. Interviews are coordinated by current students, active alumni and other members of the NYU community.

You can consider submitting a virtual interview along with your other application materials, as the admissions committee will evaluate those interviews sent from InitialView, Vericant and the Duolingo English Test. Please note, none of these can replace English language proficiency testing, when required, but can instead be used alongside the testing to provide more information about an applicant's abilities.

Is there anything else I should know?

A couple points to consider when applying to NYU as a non-native English speaker:

  • If you are a non-native English speaker taking a bilingual curriculum, you are still required to submit English language test results.
  • If you are a non-native English speaker taking a curriculum that is heavily focused on math and science, you are encouraged to submit English language test results, even if you are exempt from this requirement.
  • If you are looking to improve your English skills before applying for an undergraduate program, one way is through the American Language Institute, which is housed at NYU.