The English Proficiency Requirement (EPR) is to evaluate the English language proficiency of students whose native language is not English and who want to enroll in Berkeley Summer Sessions courses with subjects other than English as a Second Language (ESL). All students from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.
Acceptable English Proficiency Exams
Results from the following exams, taken within the last 3 years, are acceptable to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement.
The following scores indicate the required level of proficiency:
|Acceptable Test||Minimum Score|
|GRE (Verbal score)||140 - for tests taken after Aug 1, 2011|
You are exempt from the English Proficiency Requirement
- If you are from one of the exempt countries. See the List of Exempt Countries.
- If you enroll exclusively in the English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. See the List of ESL Courses.
- If your university has been granted an exemption based on an Affiliation agreement. Please check our list of International Registration Centers and ask your international adviser.
You may request a waiver to the English Proficiency Requirement if any of the following criteria apply:
- You reside in a country where English is the primary or official language, and that country is not on our List of Exempt Countries.
- You currently attend a university where English is the language of instruction for the majority of courses taught.
- You have attended schools at the secondary level (high school) or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction (as in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in some international schools).
If you would like to request a waiver, please see Procedure for Requesting a Waiver.
Please Note: Waivers will be considered only after the student has registered for courses. If the waiver is denied, the student may still submit an English proficiency exam score from any of the acceptable exams listed above. Students who cancel their registration due to waiver denials are still obligated to pay the Cancellation Fee.
Students Currently Studying in an English Speaking Country
If you are currently studying in an English-speaking country (or have studied in an English-speaking country) for at least one academic year, you are not required to submit an acceptable English proficiency exam. Instead, you can submit an official or unofficial transcript from that school.
How to Submit English Proficiency Requirement Documentation
All documentation for the English Proficiency Requirement, including exam scores, waiver requests and transcripts, are submitted through Calcentral.