University of Houston-Victoria

International Programs

English Proficiency Requirement (EPR)

All students attending the University of Houston-Victoria must be proficient in the use of English. Regardless of immigration status, students whose educational instruction has not been in the English language and/or whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. 

Undergraduate and Graduate English Proficiency Requirement (EPR)

Due to COVID-19 we have made exceptions:

  1. Complete all the application requirements and request a English Proficiency Waiver OR 
  2. Complete Duolingo. UHV required Duolingo score of 85 or higher.  The cost of the Duolingo test is $49. 

  • Applicants who completed the UHV ESL Program through Jaguar Language Center
  • Applicants who meet either of the following criteria: (a) you are a citizen of an official Native English Speaking Country, or (b) you have received, or will receive, a Bachelor degree or higher from an institution located in one of the following countries:
    • Australia, the British Caribbean and British West Indies (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas,  Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago and Trinidad), Canada, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States
  • Applicants who earned a high school Diploma, Associates of Arts, Associates of Science, or Bachelor degree or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university
  • Applicants who completed freshman composition English courses with C+ or better
    • Quarter system institution students must complete 2 freshman English composition courses with C+ or better 

If none of the above exemptions apply, you must meet ONE of the following English Proficiency Requirements. The test scores must be sent directly to UHV.. If students have online testing profiles, please submit unique IDs, DOB and TFF# for IELTS or other IDs for IPO staff to verify the test scores.

  • Completion of UHV ESL Program at Jaguar Language Center
  • Completion of ESL On-Demand Program through UHV
  • Complete Duolingo. UHV required Duolingo score of 85 or higher.  The cost of the Duolingo test is $49.
  • TOEFL Scores
    • Paper-Based: 500 minimum
    • Internet-Based: 61 minimum
  • IELTS Scores: 5.5 minimum
  • TOEIC Scores: 550 minimum
  • iTEP Scores: 3.5 minimum
  • SAT Scores: 1100 minimum, combined Critical Reading and Math scores
  • ACT Scores: 18 minimum
  • PTE Scores: 43 minimum
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) Scores: 69 minimum
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) B1 minimum
  • WASSCE/WAEC : C4 minimum on the English Language section
  • Edexcel O/Ls or A/Ls  C or better for English Language
  • Cambridge English Level B1 or higher
  • Completion of English Language Programs accredited by the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) at any U.S. and/or overseas institution list through the CEA website
  • Satisfactory completion of level 109 or higher in an English Language School
  • Higher Education completed at an English medium institution outside of the U.S. as verified by a NACES Member
  • English Proficiency Requirement Waiver (see below)

 Official test scores must be less than 3 years old.

English Proficiency Requirement Waiver

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who wishes to request the English Proficiency Requirement to be waived please contact the International Programs Office. The English Proficiency Requirement Waiver consists of a face-to-face Listening, Speaking and Writing assessment conducted via Skype or in person. Students must have a high-speed Internet connection, a Skype account, and a computer with a webcam and microphone. Please add UHV International Programs' Skype account (uhvinternational) to your Skype contacts. If requested and approved, the International Programs Office will set up an appointment to conduct the assessment. This waiver process is only granted to students whose only lacking application requirement is the English Proficiency Requirement. All other application requirements must be met first.