English Language Proficiency Exams
First-year Applicants educated in non-English speaking countries must submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (DET) score, unless English was the primary language of instruction in all four years of secondary school. Transfer applicants may have the exam waived if English was the primary language of instruction in all four years of secondary school or a college-level English composition course was successfully completed at an accredited US institution. This requirement will not be waived for English composition taken at U.S. branch campuses abroad.
All English proficiency exams should be official and sent electronically, directly from the testing service.
Please note: Sending official test scores from the testing agency does have an additional costs and will add 3–6 weeks to the application completion process. Plan to send your test scores early to ensure your scores arrive before the materials deadline.
We do not superscore any English Proficiency exam and score reports cannot be older than 2 years from the time you apply.
Duolingo English Test (DET)
- Minimum accepted score: 115+.
- When submitting your score(s): Search category should be “Undergraduate,” then select “University of Wisconsin–Madison.”
- Please do not send to offices listed under “Other,” as we are unable to retrieve those scores.
- The DET should be sent with sub-scores.
- Minimum accepted score: 6.5+.
- To submit scores electronically, students need to request an “ETRF” request from their testing center. When requesting electronic scores, please note:
- IELTS does not require a code.
- Select our account name, “University of Wisconsin, Madison Undergraduate”
- Please do not send paper copies of your IELTS scores.
- We do accept the IELTS Indicator.
- Minimum accepted score: 80+.
- When submitting your score(s): TOEFL test code is 1846.
- We do not accept “MyBest” score from TOEFL nor any English Proficiency exam.
- For each TOEFL you submit, we will require the full score report. Wisconsin does not accept the TOEFL iTP Plus for China but we will accept the iBT Special Home Edition.
If you feel that you qualify for an English Proficiency Exam waiver based upon the requirements above, please submit all required transcripts to our office. Other test scores such as ACT, SAT, or AP (Advanced Placement) scores do not meet the requirements for a waiver. Once your transcripts are received in our office (are no longer displayed on your to-do list in your Student Center), we will determine your waiver eligibility. Waivers will not be processed prior to receipt of both the admissions application and transcripts.
Financing Your Education
The cost of attendance is the total amount of tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other estimated school expenses. The Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) features a list of academic and merit opportunities offered by schools and colleges within the university. International Student Services (ISS) also has a helpful Funding & Scholarships page.
Students from particular countries may also be eligible for our international scholarship opportunities including King-Morgridge.
Enrolling students who need an F-1 or J-1 visa will be asked to submit proof of funding for one full year of study at UW–Madison. I-20 requests and supporting documentation can be submitted through the Terra Dotta portal in the MyUW Student Center once students have accepted their offer of admission. Financial documents should not be sent to the Office of Admission and Recruitment as part of the undergraduate application.
Important Message About Agents and Consultants
The University of Wisconsin–Madison recognizes that agents or consultants are retained in many parts of the world to assist students in applying to colleges and universities in the United States. However, the university does not partner with third parties (agents or educational consultants) to represent the University, nor to recruit or enroll international students for degree seeking programs. Agents who may be retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of the university and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership with the university.