English Proficiency Requirements

Non-native English speakers are required to submit English proficiency test results (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Academic English, Duolingo English Test or PTE Academic). With the exception of Cambridge English Qualifications, Mount Holyoke has no minimum score, although the average scores are as follows.

TestAverage Score
Cambridge English QualificationsC1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency - 185 minimum
Duolingo English TestOver 130
IELTSOver 7.0
PTE AcademicOver 68
TOEFL iBTOver 100

English proficiency test results (Cambridge Academic English, Duolingo English Test, IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL) may be self-reported by uploading a PDF of the score report to the applicant portal using the English Proficiency Results link. English proficiency scores reported within the Common App or Coalition App do not meet Mount Holyoke's English proficiency requirement. All admitted students who choose to enroll must submit official (send directly to Mount Holyoke from the test agency) test results prior to entering Mount Holyoke.

If multiple English proficiency test results are submitted, the Admission Committee will review all results, usually putting most emphasis on the test date with the highest composite result. Mount Holyoke does not subscribe to the College Board's MyBest Scores option for TOEFL.

Sending Scores

To submit Cambridge Academic English, Duolingo or PTE Academic results, please refer to the test agency's website for score reporting procedures.

When requesting TOEFL scores from ETS, use Mount Holyoke's institutional code: 3529.

To submit IELTS results, you must follow the IELTS score request instructions as follows:

  1. Contact the test center directly where you took your IELTS exam
  2. Indicate that you wish your scores to be sent via the IELTS E-Delivery process
  3. Provide the test center with the exact information below:
    Account Name: Mount Holyoke College - Admission
    Address: 50 College St
    City: South Hadley
    State: MA
    ZIP Code: 01075


All testing must be completed in time for the official score reports to reach Mount Holyoke by November 26 (ED I), January 3 (ED II) and January 15 (Regular Decision) to guarantee that they will be reviewed.

Waiver Requests

English proficiency requirement waivers will be considered 48 hours after the application and required academic credentials have been submitted. Please email the Office of Admission for consideration. If a waiver is approved, but the Admission Committee needs more information to assess the readiness of a candidate, the Committee may request English proficiency testing, a writing sample or an interview at a later date.

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