Speech-Language Pathology English Proficiency Requirement

Evidence of English language proficiency is required for prior to admission to the Pacific University speech-language pathology program. Language proficiency requires effective communication skills in receptive and expressive language in written and spoken modalities. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if English is not your native language, including permanent residents and citizens.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to demonstrate English proficiency for this program.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date, but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction. Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be admitted without standardized test requirements.

Minimum Test Score Requirements


Academic Version

105 overall

7.5 overall

Minimum score range by section:

Minimum scores by section:

20-30 Reading

7.5 Listening

22-30 Listening

7.0 Reading

24-30 Writing

7.0 Writing

25-30 speaking

7.5 Speaking

These score ranges reflect High-Intermediate to Advanced Proficiency as defined by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Good, Very Good, or Expert Skill Level as defined by International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and as recommended by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Ad Hoc Committee on Language Proficiency (2019).