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English Proficiency

ALL applicants to the PAVE Program must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. PAVE acknowledges the following examinations for the PAVE Program:

  • iBT-TOEFL (internet-based version of the TOEFL) OR
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

If an applicant does not fulfill the English requirements of PAVE, that person will not be allowed to sit for the Qualifying Science Exam (QSE). Only authentic score reports will be accepted - no photocopies.

  • English examinations may be taken up to 2 years prior to applying to PAVE.
  • Scores from multiple score reports cannot be combined. Candidates must achieve all section requirements on the same score report.


There is no minimum passing score for IBT TOEFL. Candidates must achieve, at a minimum, the scores below in each section:

Reading 18
Listening 26
Speaking 26
Writing 20

AAVSB Institution Code is 8216. Candidates must put this number on the TSE and TOEFL exam forms in order for their scores to be sent directly to the AAVSB office. For further info and to register for TSE and TOEFL, go to


Please note: the IELTS requirements have changed! These requirements are now effective. They are retroactive to candidates who achieved the new minimum requirements within the past year (after August 1, 2008).

PAVE candidates must score at least a 6.5 overall on the Academic Module. Section requirements are below:

Listening 6.5
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 7.0

Candidates must request that their scores to be sent directly to AAVSB. For further information and to register for IELTS, go to

Alternative to English Proficiency Examinations

PAVE candidates now have another option to complete Step Two: English Proficiency for the PAVE Program.

Candidates must provide substantiation that they have attended at least three (3) years at a secondary high school under which the complete language of instruction was English. A degree from a English speaking college or university is not considered adequate proof of English proficiency for PAVE candidates.

Acceptable documentation includes:

  1. a letter received by PAVE directly from school officials stating the dates of attendance and verifying that the complete language of instruction was English, or,
  2. for graduates of such high schools, a certified, notarized, or official copy of the final diploma or transcript.
  3. PAVE candidates who were homeschooled for all or part of their high school education (grades 9—12) may submit a letter from a school district official who had oversight on their home school curriculum to substantiate that the primary language of instruction was English.

NOTE: PAVE candidates must substantiate English language proficiency prior to sitting for the Qualifying Science Examination (QSE). English language proficiency may be established by one of the above options.