English Proficiency Requirements

Evidence of Sufficient English Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at Fairfax University of America, and therefore international applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency to ensure that their communication skills are sufficient for effective class participation and completion of course assignments.

English language proficiency requirements

Fairfax university of America English language proficiency requirements may be demonstrated through any of the following options:

Submit a valid test score from an acceptable standardized test. Official language proficiency scores more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency.

Graduate Level English Proficiency Requirements:
Test Minimum Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based (iBT): 80 (or equivalent); sub-scores must be 20 or higher
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic overall band score: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 on all subtasks
Pearson Test of English (PTE) 59 or higher
FXUA English Proficiency/Placement Test Degree Track: 90%


Undergraduate Level English Proficiency Requirements : Click here for more information

Proof of prior study in English. Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours (graduate level) or 24 credit hours (undergraduate level) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including at least one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for those credits, must not be lower than C-level.

Completion of a High School Curriculum. Completion of four years of study in a United States accredited high school, or International Baccalaureate, a Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate, or a United Kingdom high school. The entire curriculum must be offered exclusively in English (not in ESL).

Provide evidence that the applicant attended high school or college in selected English-speaking countries or educational systems of the following countries. If you earned your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in its entirety in one of the following countries, and can provide an official transcript, you meet the English Proficiency requirements. FXUA reserves the right to require a student to take the English Placement Test when there are reasonable doubts as to the authenticity of either submitted standardized test scores or the degree of the English proficiency evidenced by other documentation. Specific countries include: the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, anglophone Canada (except Quebec), Australia, Ireland Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and following Caribbean countries: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands..

Note: International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements prior to acceptance.

In order to send scores to FXUA, use the following methods:

    • TOEFL: When scheduling/completing the TOEFL, applicants can enter FXUA’s institutional code: 7137. The scores will be sent directly to FXUA.
    • IELTS: When scheduling an IELTS exam, applicants can elect to send the scores directly to FXUA. Applicants can search for Fairfax University of America or directly enter in the information for the university: Fairfax University of America, Office of Admissions, 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax Virginia, 22030. If an applicant has already taken the exam, they can contact the testing center to have the record released directly to FXUA.
    • PTE: Through Pearson’s PTE portal, applicants can search for Fairfax University of America or directly enter in the information for the university: Fairfax University of America, Office of Admissions, 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax Virginia, 22030.

Note: FXUA offers the Accuplacer English Proficiency/Placement Test. For tests scheduled by FXUA, scores are obtained by FXUA from the ACCUPLACER portal and submitted to the admissions officer directly.

FXUA’s English Proficiency Exam

The English proficiency exam, ACCUPLACER, is used to determine if a student has sufficient English proficiency for their degree. The required percentage that a student would need to meet in order to demonstrate English proficiency is a 90% on this exam for undergraduate applicants and 90% for graduate applicants.

The ACCUPLACER test for English proficiency includes standard multiple choice questions that are randomized so that a student is unlikely to receive the same question if they were to take it more than once. The exam includes four parts:

  • Grammar (multiple choice)
  • Reading (multiple choice)
  • Vocabulary (multiple choice)
  • Writing (written portion)

The multiple choice portions of the exam are scored by the ACCUPLACER system automatically. The written portion requires an individual to evaluate the written work. This is done by an ACCUPLACER grader. FXUA receives the results from the ACCUPLACER system.

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