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What grades and English level do I need for US universities?
To gain admission to a US degree or pathway program, you must meet minimum academic and English level entry requirements.
You need good grades in previous academic study – high school diploma or undergraduate degree – that are equivalent to the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for entry to your chosen degree. GPAs are on a 4-point scale. You may have the option to join an undergraduate pathway program if your GPA does not qualify you for entry directly to a bachelor’s degree.
English language level
With advanced English proficiency, you may be able to start a bachelor’s or master’s degree immediately. You can join a pathway or intensive English program if your English level does not yet meet the requirements for a degree. Generally, we accept scores from any of the following English language exams:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
For a completed US university application, you usually need to submit the following documents:
Proof of English Language Proficiency – this can be a TOEFL®, IELTS, IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE, Kaplan iBT or Kaplan International Tools for English result, or completion of a previous degree taught in English
Academic transcripts from previous study (including grade scale and English translation if originals are in another language)
Curriculum vitae (CV)/résumé (master’s applicants only)
All ASU business and management master’s programs require applicants to submit GMAT scores. Some other ASU master’s degrees require GRE scores for admission. However, there are ASU computing, engineering and many other science and arts master’s degrees with no GRE requirement.
Pace University offers GMAT waivers to business master’s degree applicants with GPA 3.0+, and does not generally require GRE scores for master’s degree admission.
Some US bachelor’s degrees require you to complete specific classes – called “pre-requisites” – and to submit the grades you earned, before you can start the program.
Master’s programs may require that you studied a specific degree subject (or “major”) during your undergraduate studies.
What if I need to improve my English to qualify for admission?
For some pathway programs and degrees, if you do not meet the English language requirement, you are offered conditional admission. This gives you time to improve your English through an on-campus Intensive English Program, or to submit a qualifying English test score.