English Language Proficiency

Vietnam Culture NightApplicants whose native language is not English, and whose high school, college or university education was in a country where the language of instruction was not English, must provide evidence of English proficiency to be successful in university studies.

Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

Proficiency may also be demonstrated with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

For admission selection, a UC campus may require a score higher than the minimum.

To be considered for admission, the TOEFL or IELTS Exam must be taken by the December test date prior to enrollment. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to:

UCSB Office of Admissions
1210 Cheadle Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106, USA

Students with Mixed Records

Students who have had less than three years of instruction in English will need to demonstrate English proficiency. This can be done in any of the following ways:

  • Score 24 or higher on the combined ACT English/Writing or English Language Arts.
  • Score 560 or higher on the Writing section of the SAT Reasoning test or a score of 31 or higher on Writing and Language in the SAT with Essay (new SAT).
  • Score 3, 4 or 5 on the AP examination in English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition.
  • Score 6 or 7 on the IB Standard Level examination in English: Literature, or Language and Literature.
  • Score 5, 6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level examination in English: Literature, or Language and Literature.
  • Score 80 or higher on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 550 on the paper-based test.
  • Score 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Any one of these examinations must be completed by December of the final year of high school/secondary school, and official scores must be submitted by the following January.