English Proficiency

Proficiency Exams

Most applicants whose native language is not English are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Applicants may submit unofficial scores while applying for admission. However, admitted students are required to submit official scores in order to enroll at UHM. Official scores should be sent directly to Graduate Division Student Services. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867. Test scores cannot be more than two years old.

Test Required Minimum Scores
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

Minimum scores vary for each graduate program.

For teaching assistantship applicants, minimum scores are 600/100 (paper/Internet), with subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System Minimum score is 6.00 for the overall band test results.
 For teaching assistantship applicants, minimum score is 7.00.