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3.4.2 - English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to the success of students at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Each applicant whose first language is not English is required to demonstrate English proficiency by achieving a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Minimum scores vary by department and are viewable on the Admissions and Records website.

Official TOEFL scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to OUHSC using institution code 6902.  IELTS scores must be sent by the applicant to and scores verified by admissions staff.  Applicants born abroad to parents with U.S. native citizenship are exempt from the English Proficiency requirement.  A copy of the U.S. birth certificate or passport will be required as verification.

Scores must be less than two years old by the start of the term in which the student applies.  Scores expire after two years and must be resubmitted.  The institutional TOEFL examination completed through the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus, is acceptable.  Registration and exam dates are available online at or by calling (405) 325-1921 or (405) 325-1208.  Exams administered through institutions other than the University of Oklahoma will not be accepted.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has high standards for English proficiency, therefore it does not waive the TOEFL requirement for transferring students with completion of 24 semester hours of coursework from the U.S. unless stated on the Admissions and Records website.  An application is not complete until the English proficiency requirement is met.

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Applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirement but have compelling documentation of having English proficiency may request an exception waiver through the Apply OUHSC application.  Final decisions are determined by the college and are not guaranteed. 

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