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Admission Tests

1. English Language Proficiency Test

Upon admission to UoS and prior to course registration, all students admitted to UoS (new, transfer and bridging) must demonstrate a level of English proficiency consistent with the requirement of their college. Students can choose one of the alternative exams listed below for proof of proficiency.


Colleges and Programs that Require a Proof of English Language Proficiency Test


​Test Type

Required Score

English Medium Majors:

- Sciences

- Engineering

- Health Sciences

- Business Administration

- Fine Arts and Design

- Medicine

- Dentistry

- Pharmacy

 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

         - English Language and Literature


         - International Relations

         - Museum Studies and art history

         - Communication:

         - Mass Communication

​Paper-Based TOEFL (the exam offered by the university only )


​International TOEFL (IBT)


​IELTS (Academic)




Students who scored 1225-1375 will be registered in Listening and Speaking skills courses

​PTE (Academic)


​ Arabic Medium Majors:

- Communication:

         - Radio and Television

         - Journalism

         - Graphics Design and Multimedia

         - Public Relations (the score should

          be obtained during the first year of


​Paper-Based TOEFL (the exam offered by the university only )


​International TOEFL (IBT)


​IELTS (Academic)




PTE (Academic)



Important Notes

  • Certificates older than two years are not accepted, and the university does not accept Paper-Based-TOEFL certificates from any other educational institute except from UoS.
  •  Students who couldn't obtain the required score in any of the above listed English Proficiency tests, will be enrolled in an "Intensive English Program" course, in which their English level will be determined by the Languages Institute at UoS.
  • Students who obtained a score less than (5.0) in one of the IELTS Academic skills will be registered in an intensive English program relevant to that skill.
  • Students accepted in the College of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Health sciences are not allowed to register for the program courses until they obtain  a score of (5.0) in each IELTS skill or pass the relevant skill course in the Languages Institute .
  • Students must submit the original English language proficiency certificate to the Languages Institute at UoS for verification and approval.
  • The UoS reserves the right to require students to attend an interview in the Languages ​​Institute. Students may be required to take a further in-house test to ensure their scores are consistent with their English Language proficiency.


2. Personal Interview for College of Communication:

- Applicants to the College of Communication are required to sit for a personal interview with College representatives before admission.

3.Personal Interview and admission test for English Language and Literature program:

Students who studied non-Arabic medium curricula and admitted to the Department of English Language and Literature in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences are required to pass an Arabic language proficiency test and Personal Interview .


4. Mathematics and Physics placement test for College of Engineering:

- Students admitted to the College of Engineering must take a placement test for Mathematics and Physics.

- Students passing these tests are eligible to take Math and Physics and it is not necessary for them to take remedial courses in these two subjects.
- A student failing in any of these tests, is required to take a remedial course in that subject. A remedial course is treated as any other course. I​f a student fails the course he/she is required to repeat it.


  • To view Admission examination dates for Fall semester 2018/2019 click here .