Most US universities waive English test for Singaporeans

The letter by Mr Chen Junyi ("Break image of Singaporeans being non-proficient in English"; last Friday) displays a common misunderstanding of the admissions requirements of institutions of higher education in the United States.

Each of the more than 4,700 degree-granting institutions in the US sets its own standards for students. There are no national rules, regulations or guidelines that inform or command a university's policies regarding language proficiency.

In fact, the vast majority of US universities directly or indirectly waive the need for any type of language proficiency test (such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language, and International English Language Testing System) for students who have attended secondary schools in which English is the medium of instruction. These include Duke, University of California, Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford and Yale.

Details and guidelines for international student admissions can be found on each university's website.

I encourage prospective students to approach our advisers for further guidance, should they wish to pursue higher education in the US - without the need for further language testing.

Karen Kaylor (Ms)


US Education Information Centre

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2016, with the headline 'Most US universities waive English test for Singaporeans'. Print Edition | Subscribe