English Proficiency


Drake is happy to accept exchange students who have not proven their English proficiency.  Students who have not proven their English proficiency based on TOEFL or IELTS scores will take the TOEFL when they arrive Drake. Course schedulig will be limited by a student's English proficiency. 

Minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores
Exchange studetns who have not proven their English language proficiency may enroll in Drake's Intensive English Program. Those who wish to enroll in courses outside of the Intensive English Program must have an iBT TOEFL score of 71, or an IELTS score of 6.  (Law exchange students must have an iBT TOEFL score of 79, or an IELTS of 6.5.)

Students who lack the necessary scores will take the Institutional TOEFL when they arrive at Drake and will be registered for courses based on the score they earn.  For example, students who do well but score below the required score of 71 may be allowed to take a combination of other courses plus ESL.

TOEIC Scores
Exchange students with TOEIC scores will take the TOEFL upon arrival at Drake.  Internet comparisons of TOEIC and TOEFL scores may be useful for students who wish to estimate their likelihood of success on the TOEFL, but those who wish to avoid uncertainty should take the TOEFL or IELTS  in their home  country.


Students from University of KwaZulu-Natal
UKZN students are not required to take the TOEFL exam but may wish to do so if English is not their first language.  UKZN students who are interested in taking the TOEFL should notify Carlyn Marron at carlyn.marron@drake.edu so a test can be reserved for them.

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