Evidence of English proficiency for students whose first language is not English

Qualifying test scores for English proficiency

English is the language of instruction for all classes at SCAD. In addition to meeting or exceeding all other SCAD admission criteria, applicants who wish to be admitted with no further English proficiency requirements must demonstrate their current level of proficiency by providing official minimum scores on one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum scores (SCAD code 5631):

    • 550 on the paper-based test.
    • 85 on the internet-based test with a minimum score of 20 on each section.
      Students who meet the minimum required composite score but do not meet the minimum section scores are evaluated on a case-by-case basis for possible exemption. No exceptions are made if the minimum composite score is not met. All decisions are final.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) composite score of at least 6.5 with a score of at least 6.5 in both reading and writing.
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) score of at least "high advanced" on the writing proficiency portion of the test.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 58 with a 53 minimum in each category.
    Students who meet the minimum required composite score but who do not meet the minimum section scores are evaluated on a case-by-case basis for possible exemption. No exceptions are made if the minimum composite score is not met. All decisions are final.
  • SAT score of at least 550 on the critical reading portion, or 22 on both the reading and writing sections of the ACT.
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) score of at least 5 in English language.

Applicants without qualifying test scores

Otherwise qualified applicants who do not meet the minimum scores listed above may be considered for admission to SCAD. These students must take a SCAD English language placement test to be placed in the appropriate level of ESL upon enrollment. Students must satisfactorily complete ESL coursework through completion of Level VI.

For applicants whose native language is English, no additional proof of English proficiency is required. For applicants whose transcripts show extensive study at an institution in which English is the language of instruction, no additional proof of English proficiency is required for admission evaluation, but applicants may be asked to take an English placement test upon enrollment at the university.