Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.

Most applicants prove proficiency through the TOEFL or IELTS exams. A PDF scan of the offical score report should be uploaded to the online application. If you have not yet taken the TOEFL or IELTS before submitting the application, you should schedule the exam immediately and email the Admissions Office a PDF of your score report as soon as you receive it. NEC must receive a PDF of your score report by January 1, even if the score does not yet meet NEC's established minimums. If an applicant has not earned a qualifying score by January 1, they must provide a higher, qualifying score no later than March 1 to be considered for admission. No offer of admission will be made until English proficiency has been demonstrated.

Minimum Scores:

Undergraduate programs: TOEFL 61 iBT; IELTS 6.0
Graduate programs: TOEFL 79 iBT; IELTS 6.5

Score reports should be submitted as PDFs to the online application and any updates should be sent via email to your Admissions Counselor. Scores should be from tests taken within two years of the application deadline. Offical score reports will only be required if you are accepted and choose to enroll at NEC (ETS school code: 3659).

Exemption from the examination requirement: 

Applicants who will have completed a full-time degree program at a U.S. college or university or a diploma at a U.S. high school are automatically considered for a waiver of the exam requirement based on a review of submitted transcripts. NEC reserves the right to require additional information, if needed.

Applicants who will have completed a full-time degree program at a non-U.S. college or university where English is the language of instruction may request an exemption from the exam requirement. The request should be a written statement of at least 100 words describing your experience with the English language and the reasons you are qualified to begin studies at NEC without submitting a TOEFL or IETLS score. Requests should be uploaded as a part of the online application.