English Proficiency for Undergraduate Applicants
To ensure academic success at Montana State University Billings, the University requires students demonstrate English competency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening.
English proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1) Obtaining a minimum required score on an English Proficiency examination:
|English Proficiency Examination||Minimum Required Score|
|Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test||56|
|Paper-based TOEFL test (PBT)||515|
|SAT - Writing/Language Score||25+|
|SAT - Evidence-based Reading/Writing||440|
|ACT - English Score||20+|
2) Successfully completing an intensive English program:
|Intensive English Program||Minimum Required Level|
|INTERLINK International Institute at MSU||Successful completion of Level 5|
|Bridge English Language Center||Successful completion of Level B2|
|EC Language Centres||Successful completion of Upper Intermediate Level|
|EF Education First International Language Centers||Successful completion of program level C-1|
|ESL Language Centers||Successful completion of program level 112|
|Embassy English||Successful completion of program level 4|
|FLS International||Successful completion of program level 8|
|ILSC||Successful completion of University Pathway Program Advanced Level 2|
|Open Hearts Language Academy||Successful completion of Advanced 2 level or Elite level|
|PGIC||Successful completion of Advanced level|
|Spring International Language Center||Successful completion of level 6|
Conditional Admission for Undergraduate Applicants
Students who do not meet English proficiency requirements for full admission to Montana State University Billings, but are academically qualified, may be awarded "conditional admission." Successful completion of an intensive English program will satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Once the necessary level of proficiency is achieved, students must submit their certificates of completion to the International Admissions team for evaluation.
Montana State University Billings offers an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) on the university campus. Students enrolled in MSUB's IELP program are able to live in the university residence halls, eat at university restaurants and cafe's, enjoy MSUB's active student community, and take advantage of university support services while studying English. Upon arrival at MSUB, IELP students take an English Placement Exam (Accuplacer) to determine their English proficiency level. At the conclusion of each semester, students will retake the English Placement Exam to reassess their level of English proficiency. Students who successfully pass the English Placement Exam can begin their academic programs at Montana State University Billings.
It is important to note that, depending on the result of the English Placement Exam, students may be:
- Granted full admission to Montana State University Billings;
- Required to enroll part-time in IELP while beginning one or more academic courses; or,
- Require to enroll full-time in IELP until the required level of English proficiency is reached.
Exemptions from Providing Proof of English Proficiency
- Students who graduate with an IB diploma (International Baccalaureate) are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.
- Students who receive a result of C or above on the IGCSE O-Level English examination are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.
If you have received a high school, bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree from an institution in the United States or a country listed below, an English proficiency examination is not required.
|Antigua & Barbuda||Gibraltar||New Zealand|
|Australia||Grenada||St. Kitts & Nevis|
|Barbados||Guyana||St. Vincent & The Grenadines|
|Belize||Ireland||Trinidad & Tobago|
|British Virgin Islands||Isle of Man||Turks & Caicos Islands|
|Canada (except Quebec)||Jamaica||United Kingdom|
|Cayman Islands||Jersey||United States Territories|