Required Test Scores
Required Test Scores
SAT/ACT Requirements
You are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores if:
  • You graduated from high school two or more years prior to the date you intend to begin classes at Rutgers
  • You have finished secondary school and have subsequently completed 12+ college credits with final course grades available by the application due date
You are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores when:
  • You are currently in high school, in your first semester of college or graduated high school less than two years before you would begin classes at Rutgers
  • You will have completed fewer than 12+ college credits by the application due date
  • All SAT and ACT scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Rutgers, using SAT code 2765 or ACT code 2592
  • The ACT score must include the writing component
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English Proficiency Examination Requirements
Regardless of US residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary schooling has been outside the US in a country where English is not the principal language. Score reports must be from a test taken within the past two years and submitted directly to us from the testing service.

Rutgers accepts the following standardized tests to determine the English proficiency of its international applicants.
Please note: Students who have earned a grade of "B" or better in a college-level English Composition course at an accredited US college (not a foreign affiliate) are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement. English courses that are designated ESL, non-native, or which require a special support component, or any courses taken outside the US, are not acceptable. Please also note that Rutgers University does not accept correspondence or online courses for the language proficiency requirement.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Acceptable TOEFL scores for Rutgers schools except for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing are 550+ on the paper and pencil test or 79+ on the Internet-based test. For applicants to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing, the minimum acceptable scores are 600+ on the paper and pencil test or 100+ on the Internet-based test
  • The Rutgers TOEFL code is 2765
  • Request your TOEFL score
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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher on either the academic paper and pencil test or the academic computer-based test is acceptable for Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-New Brunswick schools. A score of 6 or higher is acceptable for Rutgers University-Camden schools
  • Request your IELTS score
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Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service
  • The minimum acceptable score is 82 for Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers University-Camden and 76 for Rutgers University-Newark schools
  • Request your MELAB score
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Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE)
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Conditional Admission via the English Proficiency Program

What is Conditional Admission via the English Proficiency Program?

Conditional Admission via the English Proficiency Program is for applicants who have done well in their studies but who still need to improve their English skills. The English Proficiency Program may take several months to a year to complete depending on the student’s level of competency. Upon successful completion of the program as evidenced by English proficiency test scores and the recommendation of the instructor, participants will update their original applications for admission and be admitted to at least one school at the university where they completed their English language studies.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants seeking conditional admission for Rutgers University-Camden and Rutgers University-Newark must complete an application for undergraduate admission and demonstrate academic success in their home country. The program is by invitation only.

Applicants seeking conditional admission for Rutgers University-New Brunswick should complete an application for the RU-PATH program. Note: The RU-PATH program is only for the following schools at Rutgers University-New Brunswick: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and the Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick. The program is highly competitive.


Once students successfully complete the English program, they may pursue a degree at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Next Steps

Students who have been Conditionally Admitted to the English Proficiency Program may enroll by following the instructions for the campus where they have been offered the program:

  • Students affiliating with Rutgers University-Camden pursue the program by following these steps.
  • Those enrolling at Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus, please complete the application form here.
  • Students enrolling at Rutgers University-Newark campus, please apply here.

After the appropriate program receives a complete application and required forms, students receive notification about finalizing their enrollment in the English Proficiency Program.

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Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) Requirements
For transfer applicants to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy only, the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required.

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