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English Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at St. Norbert College. Students must demonstrate proficiency in English regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.


Proof of Proficiency – Not Required
If you meet any one of the following conditions you are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English:
  • Your first language (language first learned and still used on a daily basis) is English.
  • You have obtained (or are about to obtain) an undergraduate degree or graduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction.
  • You have obtained (or are about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution in the United States or Canada (Anglophone).
  • You have lived at and attended a university, or been employed for at least four consecutive years in a country where English is the acknowledged as the primary language.

Proof of Proficiency – Required
If you do not meet any of the above-listed conditions, you must demonstrate proficiency in English using one of the following options:

  • TOEFL:
    • iBT (internet based test): 79
    • PBT (paper based test): 550
    • To submit scores, request that they be sent to us. SNC Code is 1706
    • Note: An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.
  • IELTS:
    • Total score of 6.5
    • To submit scores, simply scan your results sheet and email it to international@snc.edu.  We will verify results online.
  • ACT:
    • 23 on English and Reading
    • To submit scores, request that they be sent to us. SNC code is 4644
  • SAT:
    • 550 on Critical Reading
    • To submit scores, request that they be sent to us. SNC Code is 1706

Applications cannot be considered if test results are not available. These scores are the general minimum.


Exemptions
The decision to waive the standard requirement is at the discretion of the International Admission Committee and is based on the strength of the student’s academic performance. It is therefore recommend that all students whose first language is not English take either the TOEFL or IELTS test as part of the application process.

Applicants who have completed a degree program at universities in the following countries may be exempt from proof of proficiency in English:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong*
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Palau
  • Papau New Guinea
  • Pakistan
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent/Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe
  • United States of America
  • Zambia