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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.

The certificate must be submitted through the Admission Services Portal to be reviewed and approved by the English Language Center at the UoS. Please click here to view the user guide.

​First: English Medium Majors

* College of Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Business Administration, Fine Arts and Design, Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, and Computing & Informatics.

* English ​Language and Literature, International Relations and Museum Studies and Art History programs in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

* Mass Communication program (English track) in the College of Communication.

​Test Type​Minimum Required Score​Notes
​Paper-Based TOEFL​500​The exam offered by University of Sharjah, AMIDEAST Dubai and Abu Dhabi only.
International TOEFL​61​-
IELTS (Academic)​5.0

​- Students who obtained a score less than "5.0" in one of the IELTS Academic skills will be registered in an Intensive English course relevant to that skill.

- Students accepted in the College of Medicine, Dental Medicine, 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 at UoS.

​EmSAT​1400​Students who scored less than "1400" (1225-1375) will be registered in Listening and Speaking Skills courses at the University.
​PTE (Academic)​42​Students who scored less than "42" (36-41) will be registered in skills courses at the University.

​​Second: Arabic Medium Majors

* Mass Communication programs (Arabic tracks) in the College of Communication: Radio and Television, Journalism and Graphic Design and Multimedia.

* Public Relations (the required score must be obtained during the first year). 

* Early Childhood Education (the required score must be obtained during the first year).

​​Test Type​Minimum Required ScoreNotes
Paper-Based TOEFL​450​The exam offered by University of Sharjah, AMIDEAST Dubai, and Abu Dhabi only.
​International TOEFL​45​-
​IELTS (Academic)​4.5​-
​PTE (Academic)​30​-


Important Notes

  • Certificates older than two years are not accepted.
  • 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 result of their English proficiency test. All students are placed in the Intensive English programme with a recognized Language qualification.
  • 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:

 (In view of the current circumstances due to the CoVID-19 pandemic, and to facilitate the admission process for our new students, the interview have been canceled for Fall Semester 2020\2021) .

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:

 (In view of the current circumstances due to the CoVID-19 pandemic, and to facilitate the admission process for our new students, the interview and admission test have been canceled for Fall Semester 2020\2021).

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 a personal interview.


4. Mathematics and Physics Placement Test for Engineering Programs:

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

- Students passing these tests are eligible to take Math and Physics courses, 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.
- Students holding "General Stream" high school certificates will register in the "Qualification Program" course for Science subjects in the first semester, therefore they are not required to register or attend the Math and Physics placement test.

- Students who scored 1100 in EmSAT-Mathematics and 700 in EmSAT-Physics are exempted from taking the placement test in which they must submit a copy of the certificate to  for verification, and writing the student ID.