Take an English Test (If Required)

Strong language skills are important for any student to be successful at the University of Minnesota, and we are committed to supporting students as they develop their skills while at the UMN.

Students with a low English test score may be required to take an English test when they arrive on campus. They may also be required to take a supportive English class during their first semester, in addition to their other coursework.

Many international students will have an "AZ hold" or "AZ service indicator." This hold can be removed by the Minnesota English Language Program office. Typically, students will meet with an advisor online who will advise them on which required course they need to take during their first semester. The advisor will work with the student to give them a temporary hold release so they can register for classes, and the AZ hold will be permanently released when the student completes the required course.

If you have an AZ hold, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up an online meeting with an advisor to discuss your course options. You want to meet with the advisor before your college orientation. If you did not receive an email, you can contact the Minnesota English Language Program at [email protected] to request an appointment.

Additional testing options are also available. If you plan to take the MN Battery Test, you should arrive by the mandatory arrival date.

For information about minimum test scores, how to send your scores to UMN, and the English as a Second Language course requirements, visit Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School.

Want to Enhance Your English?

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If you are interested in improving your English skills before beginning your academic classes, the Minnesota English Language Program offers an Intensive English Language Program during the summer.

MELP also offers American English courses during the school year for credit, including courses focused on grammar, pronunciation, reading & writing, and listening & speaking.

You can also go to esl.umn.edu to review self-study materials, practice quizzes, tips, videos, and links to provide English language practice with speaking, vocabulary, reading, American culture, and more!

To learn more, visit the MELP website or email [email protected].

Last updated: May 18, 2023