English proficiency requirements apply to all international students and to U. S. residents whose native language is not English. Applicants may demonstrate English proficiency in the following ways:
English Proficiency Requirements
International applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Generally, admitted students have an Internet-based TOEFL score of 95-105 or higher (587-620 or higher on the paper-based test) or an IELTS Academic score of 7-8 or higher and a CEFR level of C1 or above.
If you fulfill all of the following criteria, you may submit SAT or ACT scores to fulfill the English proficiency requirement instead of TOEFL or IELTS scores. However, the Admissions Office strongly encourages all international applicants whose native language is not English to take the TOEFL exam or IELTS Academic exam. The required criteria for the SAT or ACT exception is as follows:
You have studied as a full-time student in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the British West Indies within the last two years, OR you have studied at an international school where the English language is the language of classroom instruction within the last two years.
AND you have taken at least one English class with a grade of B or better.
AND you have a good academic record at the school attended.
If you are a native speaker of English and are a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the British West Indies you are not required to take the TOEFL exam or IELTS Academic test but instead are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
TOEFL and IELTS Score Submission Instructions
TOEFL and IELTS scores must be no more than two years old, and we must receive official score reports. We recommend that you register early as test centers fill up quickly. We also recommend that you take the test as soon as possible to ensure that your score report will be received by our application deadline.
Please note: You should take your test(s) no later than December prior to your expected start at Wheaton College. An earlier date is preferable.
If you are taking the TOEFL: The TOEFL exam is offered on more than 50 test dates per year, with 4,500 test centers located in 165 countries. Wheaton College’s TOEFL code is 1905. To register for the test, please go to toefl.org.
If you are taking the IELTS: The IELTS Academic exam is offered on 48 test dates per year, with 800 test centers located in over 130 countries. Make sure that you register for the Academic test. To register for the test, please go to ielts.org.