English Language Proficiency Policy

The ability to effectively communicate in English - to read, write, and speak the language fluently - is vital for Stevens graduate students.  Depending on your native language and academic background, you may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency by submitting the results of an English language proficiency exam, such as TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo.

In order to be considered for admission to Stevens graduate programs, students must score at least 74 on TOEFL iBT, 547 on TOEFL PBT, 6 on IELTS, or 100 on DuoLingo. Please read on to determine the English language proficiency requirements that apply to you. 

Requirements Based on TOEFL/IELTS/DuoLingo Scores

TOEFL iBT: 86 or higher

TOEFL PBT: 567 or higher

IELTS: 7 or higher

DuoLingo: 110 or higher

Applicants who score at or above the scores above are not required to enroll in English Language Communication (ELC) courses. 

TOEFL iBT: 79-85

TOEFL PBT: 550-563

IELTS: 6.5

DuoLingo: 105

Applicants who submit the scores above must either enroll in an English Language Communication (ELC) course during their first semester at Stevens or complete and pass the Stevens English Communication Proficiency Exam (ECPE)* upon arrival to campus.

Completion of the ELC 81 or ELC 91 course is required. Level placement depends on an assessment of your sub-scores on TOEFL or IELTS.

TOEFL iBT: 74-78



DuoLingo: 100

Applicants who submit the scores above must complete ELC 71. 

*English Communication Proficiency Exam (ECPE)

To be eligible for the ECPE, you must have the following sub-scores: TOEFL: Speaking: 22 Writing 22; IELTS: Speaking: 6.5 Writing 6.5. This exam is designed to assess your ability to communicate successfully in the graduate academic community. Taking the ECPE does not guarantee a waiver from your ELC course. Only students who score a minimum of 4.5 out of 5 on both sections will be granted waivers. There is a $50 fee for the test.  To register for the ECPE, please contact Dr. Samaneh Jafari, ELC Director, at [email protected] .The ELC offices are located in the Samuel Williams Library, room 300.

Score Reporting


Stevens code for TOEFL/IELTS is 2819. Stevens accepts only official TOEFL/IELTS scores submitted directly by the testing agency. No photocopies of any scores will be accepted. The TOEFL or IELTS scores must be dated within two years of the time your application is processed for review by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applications will not be reviewed until the scores are submitted.


Applicants have the option to submit their certified results to Stevens through their Duolingo English Test account.

Contact Us

Dr. Samaneh Jafari

Director of ELC

[email protected]

Call 201 216 3595 or email us at [email protected]

ELC Office location:

Samuel Williams Library

Room 300