English Proficiency Requirement

English is the official language of the American Public University System. Other than foreign language courses, all classroom requirements are to be completed by the student in English without the use of any translation. To ensure that students have the opportunity to succeed in our courses, students who are not U.S. citizens may be asked to provide verification of English proficiency in order to enroll for academic credit in any of our courses.

APUS accepts a variety of English proficiency exams; test results are accepted from an approved vendor list that is managed by our admissions team and approved by the Vice President of Admissions. These examinations are reviewed yearly to ensure that these tests and the acceptable scores meet APUS criteria and the list may change occasionally based on approval by the Vice President of Admissions. International students will be blocked from registration, or dropped from any initial registration, if it is determined that English proficiency is required to complete the admissions record.


  • U.S Military: Students who are active duty, reserve status, guard status, or retired U.S. military are exempt from this testing requirement.
  • Previous U.S. Degrees:
    • For undergraduate, masters & graduate certificate programs, students who have earned an associate or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution or who have completed an English composition course with a grade of B- or higher at an accredited U.S. institution.
    • For doctoral programs, students who have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree in residence at an institutional accredited institution in the U.S. or who have transcripts from at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) in residence at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Citizenship: Students who are citizens of certain countries, where English is the only official language, may be exempt from this testing requirement. Please contact your admissions representative or review our English Proficiency Requirements to verify if you would be covered by this exemption.
  • Readmissions: Any international students who are currently disenrolled but requesting readmission to APUS will be required to fulfill this admission requirement unless they already successfully completed an APUS course in the past with a grade of C or higher.
  • U.S. High School Graduates: Students who can supply an official transcript of graduation from a U.S. high school whose diploma is recognized by the State Board of Education or students who hold a U.S. GED certificate.

Submitting Test Results

To have an official TOEFL Score Report mailed directly to our university, the APUS code number 5315 must be supplied to ETS. Students may also send their own scanned copy of their TOEFL, IELTS, or other acceptable test results to [email protected] or fax to 304-724-3788. Examples of acceptable scores for common English proficiency tests are provided below. If you have questions about a particular test or score not listed, please contact [email protected].

Minimum Test Scores Accepted

Accepted TestsUndergraduate Accepted ScoreGraduate Accepted Score
ACT English
(must be less than 5 years old)
SAT Verbal
(must be less than 5 years old)
WAEC (formerly the GCE)
(No timeframe)
English C4 or higher

English B2 or higher

English Proficiency Tests

(must be less than 2 years old)

Accepted TestsUndergraduate Accepted ScoresGraduate Accepted Scores
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT Version
  • Paper-Based Test
  • Internet-Based Test

520 with TWE of 4.0
Reading 21 / Writing 23

550 with TWE of 4.5
Reading 24 / Writing 27

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Version

Reading 6.0 / Writing 6.0

Reading 6.5 / Writing 6.5

Review the TOEFL and IELTS websites for more information.

We're here to help. Call Us!
Mon - Thurs:  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Fri: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Sat: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Sun: Closed
[email protected]

Next Steps

Courses Start Monthly
Next Courses Start Jul 1
Register by Jun 28
Man working on computer