International Students Should Have One of These English Proficiency Tests to Get Admitted to Yale

United States North America International Studies Higher Education News by Erudera News Feb 11, 2023

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Yale University has made it easier for international students to know which tests they should take to prove their English language knowledge. The Ivy League school has published a list of several potential exam types that it accepts, including Duolingo, which is less comprehensive.

At Yale University, international students go through the same procedures and should meet the same application criteria as other students; however, non-native students should prove their knowledge of English, reports.

In an email to Yale News, the university’s official newspaper, Mark Dunn, the senior associate director for outreach and Recruitment at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said the school is aware that students need to have a “firm command of English” to have excellent results during their studies.

“We also know that there are multiple avenues for students to demonstrate their readiness to succeed in an English-speaking classroom. This built-in flexibility aligns neatly with our holistic review process, in which any individual score or indicator can be illuminating, but none alone is determinative,” Dunn added.

As stated on the admission website, the English language tests accepted by Yale include:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Qualifications
  • Duolingo English Test (DET)
  • InitialView

“Yale requires that non-native English-speakers who have not taken at least two years of secondary education where English is the medium of instruction submit the results from any of the proficiency tests listed below,” the statement posted on Yale’s website reads.

This means that students who have completed at least two years of secondary education in English do not need to submit other proof of English language proficiency.

Most of the options published by Yale cost about $200, and students must be tested in different testing locations around the world, while the Duolingo English Test option costs $49. Students can complete the Duolingo test at any time or place where there is WiFi.

According to Yale, most competitive applicants usually achieve IELTS scores of 7 or higher, DET scores of at least 120, Cambridge English scores of 185 or higher, and at least 100 on the internet-based TOEFL.

Yale is considered one of the best universities in the world and the third oldest in the United States. Data by Yale’s Office of Institutional Research show that a total of 14,567 students were enrolled at the university in fall 2021, with women outnumbering men - 7,584 women, and 6,854 men. Of the total university students, 22 percent are international students.

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