Admission Tests

 First: English Language Proficiency Requirements: All Students (New, Transfer, Bridging ) applying to an English language medium program must provide proof of English language proficiency as detailed below.

  1. Take the English Placement test (Institutional TOEFL) administered at the UoS after paying the exam fee and obtain a score of 500 or higher.
  2. Submit evidence that he/she has taken a recognized English proficiency test and attained a minimum score as follows: International TOEFL test with a score of (500) on the Paper-based (PBT), (173) on the Computer-based test (CBT), or (61) on the Internet-based test (IBT) or band (5.0) on the Academic IELTS test.
  • International TOEFL or Academic IELTS certificates older than two years are not accepted, and the University does not accept any other English Language proficiency certificates from any other educational institution.
  • The certificates shall be authenticated by the English Language Center at UoS. Recipients of an IBT certificate shall attend an interview by representatives of the English Language Center.
  • If a student presents a certificate from outside the University and the score attained does not represent his/her true level of English, the University reserves the right to subject the student to an English language proficiency test at the University to determine his/her English language level.
  • Students who attain a score of 500 or above in the TOEFL test or its equivalent are eligible to study at colleges directly.
  • Students who fail to attain a minimum score of 500 on the UoS TOEFL exam, 5.0 on the Academic IELTS exam must join the Intensive English Program (IEP). The IEP consists of four levels: Foundation 1– Preparation 4. IEP students receive 20-25 hours per week of class instruction.
  • Students scoring less than 5.0 on any IELTS skill must take the IEP courses that are relevant to that skill.
  • Students accepted in the Mass Communications Arabic tracks are required to obtain a score of at least (450) on the International TOEFL test or IBT 45 or Academic IELTS 4.5.
  • Students accepted in the colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Health sciences are not allowed to register any courses taught in English without obtaining  a score of (5.0) in each skill.
  • Students who had tested and scored 4.5 on the IELTS or 450 on the TOEFL tests may be admitted to the Diploma program in the Community College as first year students and take 12 credit hours in each regular semester in addition to 3 credit hours of intensive English under condition that they retake the exam and attain a score of 5.0 on the IELTS or 500 on the TOEFL tests within a year of admittance, otherwise they will be suspended from the University.


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

Third: Admission to the English Language and Literature Major :

- 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 exam.


Fourth: Admission to the 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 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.