If your native language is not English, or you did not earn a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction, you must submit one of the following qualifications to meet our English proficiency requirement:

(A) A high school diploma completed at a recognized high school where the medium of instruction is English; OR

(B) A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit with an average grade of “C” (2.0) or higher at an accredited** college or university where the language of instruction was English. A “B” or higher is required for master’s degree; or

(C) One of the qualifications in the table below

English Proficiency Qualification Minimum Scored
Under Graduate MBA
Test of English as a Foreign Language ( TOEFL*)
Paper Based Test (PBT)
500 530
TOEFL* Internet Based Test 61 71
International English Language Testing System ( IELTS ) 6.0 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test 44 50
Eiken English Proficiency Exam Pre-1 Pre -1
ACT Compass Level 3 Level 3
Exams Identified Within the Common European Framework of Reference ( CEFR ) B-2 B-2

* To submit your TOEFL scores to Westlake, use our school code: 4577
Please note that Westlake accepts the Academic IELTS qualification.

**An institution must be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or an accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction is English.

If you are not able to provide one of the above English proficiency qualifications, you may be considered for admission to Westlake’s English Composition 1 course. In this case, you will be required to successfully complete this course before continuing to study in the Westlake Foundation Courses.

If you have any questions regarding our English proficiency requirements or the qualifications we accept, please contact your personal Admissions Advisor or the Office of Admissions at admissions@Westlake.edu. Please remember to include your Applicant ID in any and all emails to Westlake.