Trinity College requires any student who has attended school outside of the United States to demonstrate English language proficiency for the purpose of ensuring academic success through their application.

Please note that you may be eligible to request a waiver for this requirement if you meet the criteria outlined at the bottom of this page.

You can provide proof of your English proficiency by submitting one of the following exams:

Recommended Scores

Trinity does not have minimum score cutoff requirements for any exam. We use a holistic review process which includes other materials such as essays, writing samples, and interviews to evaluate English proficiency. Applicants whose test scores fall outside the ranges below are still encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage all applicants to interview to share more about themselves and further demonstrate their English proficiency.

Applicants are required to submit official English test scores. Duolingo English Test results are only accepted directly from Duolingo. IELTS or TOEFL results may be sent from the testing agency or verified and sent directly to the Admissions Office by a school official. The code to send TOEFL scores to Trinity College is 3899.

Exam Recommended Score
Duolingo English Test 130 (overall) or higher
IELTS 7.0 (with band scores of 6.5) or higher
TOEFL iBT 100 (recommended subsection scores of 25) or higher

Request to Waive English Proficiency Exam Requirement

Applicants may request a waiver of the English proficiency requirement if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • IB Score: You received a final grade of 5 or higher in at least one SL (or HL) English class
  • GCSE/IGCSE Score: You received a final grade of B or higher in an O-Level, AS-Level, or A-Level English class.
  • SAT/ACT Scores: You have received an SAT score of 640 in the Evidence-Based Reading, and Writing section, or an ACT score of 22 in the English section. These scores must be submitted officially.
  • You are a transfer applicant who has received a final grade of B or higher in a college-level English composition course from an accredited college in the U.S.
  • You have completed four years of study (including your current year), in one of the following countries:
Anguilla Falkland Islands Jersey St. Kitts and Nevis
Antigua and Barbuda Fiji Kenya St. Lucia
Australia Gambia Lesotho Tanzania
Bahamas Ghana Liberia Trinidad and Tobago
Belize Gibraltar Montserrat Turks and Caicos
Bermuda Grenada Namibia Uganda
Botswana Guernsey New Zealand United Kingdom (England, Ireland (Northern), Scotland, Wales)
British Virgin Islands Guyana Nigeria United States of America
Canada (except Quebec province) Helena Rwanda US Territories (except for Puerto Rico)
Cayman Islands Ireland Sierra Leone Vincent and the Grenadines
Dominica Isle of Man Singapore Zambia
Eswatini (Swaziland) Jamaica South Africa  Zimbabwe

*We reserve the right to ask for an English Proficiency Exam should the information in the transcript not be sufficient.

Waiver requests will only be reviewed after the submission of an application and transcript. Applicants will gain access to the Waive English Proficiency Requirement Request Form approximately 24 hours after the application has been received by the Admissions Office. If approved, your application status will be updated automatically. International applicants must submit either English proficiency exam scores or request a waiver by their application deadline.

Request to Waive English Proficiency Requirement