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English and SAT / ACT Requirement Check

This form will guide you through the English and SAT / ACT Requirement Check.

No need to take any notes, as you will have the option at the end to have all the information sent to your email address.

 
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English Proficiency

Native speakers are not required to provide a language proficiency proof.

If you have been instructed exclusively in English for at least 6 years (you need to provide a confirmation by the school(s)), you may qualify for a language proficiency test waiver.

We will accept the following as an English language proficiency proof:

ExamMinimum Score
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Paper based575
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet based90
MELAB (Michigan Test)80
British Council IELTS (Int'l. English Language Testing System)6.5
ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test)965
GCSE (British General Certificate of Secondary Education)A or B
Cambridge EFL Examinations - Certificate of Proficiency in EnglishA,B,C and C1 pass
Cambridge EFL Examinations - Certificate in Advanced EnglishA,B and C
Cambridge EFL Examinations - First Certificate in English (extended certification)A
International Baccalaureate English A Literature & English A Language and Literature6,7
SAT Critical Reading (Old SAT)580
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (New SAT)600
ACT Writing25
Duolingo English Test60%

Scholastic aptitude test requirement (SAT / ACT)

Please check below if you qualify for a SAT / ACT waiver (Direct Entry Requirement into the German Higher Education System)

A-Levels

The A-Levels are not sufficient for direct admission at Jacobs University. In order to be considered for admission, you need to fulfill the general requirement for admission with A-Level for entry into German university and sit for the SAT / ACT.

General Requirement for entry into a German university with A-Level:
The student needs four exam subjects, which are not connected to each other. Among those four subjects, the following must be a part:

  • A language
  • Mathematics or another natural science subject such as biology, chemistry or physics.

At least 3 of those subjects must be passed at the level of General Certificate of Education - Advanced Level (GCE AL), the forth one can be passed the level of General Certificate of Education - Advanced Subsidiary Level (GCE AS).

Major specific requirements (do not apply to Jacobs University, as we require SAT/ACT):

  • For social or economic sciences, law or humanities: 1 subject in GCE-Advanced Level, which is connected to the desired major
  • For economic or social sciences, GCE-Advanced Level in mathematics
  • For technical or natural sciences, or mathematics: GCE-Advanced Level in mathematics and an additional subject in GCE-Advanced Level from the natural sciences
  • For medicine: GCE-Advanced Level in chemistry and additional two subjects in mathematics or natural sciences

Bangladesh High School Diploma

The Bangladesh High School Diploma is not sufficient for direct admission at a German university and you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University Bremen. Another option is our Foundation Year program.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP is not sufficient for direct admission at Jacobs University. In order to be considered for admission, you need to fulfill the general requirement for admission with AP for entry into German university and sit for the SAT / ACT.

General requirements of admission to a German university with AP:
High School Diploma with 16 academic units in the years 9 - 12:

English4 unitsEnglish IV or Honors or AP English passed with at least C
2nd Language2 units 
Social Studies3 units 
Mathematics2 or 3 unitsAlgebra II or Trigonometry (11. Klasse) and Precalculus (12. Klasse) passed with at least C
Science2 or 3 unitsin Biology, Chemistry or Physics passed with at least C
General Requirement: Mathematics and Science together 5 units Electives academic units 2

 

Major specific requirements:

For Mathematical subjects, Technology, Natural Sciences, Medicine or Pharmacy, the required AP-Subjects are:

  • Mathematics (Calculus AB or BC)
  • 1 natural science subject (Biology, Chemistry or two half AP tests in Physics C)
  • 1 language (French, Spanish, Latin, German, English Literature or English Language and Composition)
  • 1 further subject (e.g. European History, American History, Computer Science or two half AP tests respectively in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics)

For Humanities, Social Sciences, Jurisprudence or Economics, the required AP-Subjects are:

The following subject areas must be covered by your AP tests:

  • English (English Literature or English Language and Composition)
  • 1 further foreign language (French, Spanish, Latin, German)
  • 1 mathematical/natural science subject (Calculus AB or BC, Biology, Chemistry or two half AP tests in Physics C)
  • 1 further subject (e.g. European History, American History, Computer Science or two half AP tests respectively in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics)

Canada

Alberta / Northwest Territory High School Diploma (mit High School Transcript of Achievement)
The Alberta high school diploma is not sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

British Columbia and Yukon Territory
The British Columbia and Yukon Territory high school diploma is not sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

New Brunswick
None of the high school diplomas issued in New Brunswick is sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

Newfoundland
The Newfoundland high school diploma is not sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia high school diploma is not sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma / Diplome d'Etudes Secondaires de l'Ontario (with Student Transcript / Releve des Notes)
The Ontario Secondary School diploma is sufficient for university admission at Jacobs University and Germany if the following conditions are met:

Minimum RequirementNotice
Proof of at least 6 University Preparation Courses (UPCs) in the 12. gradeOnly University Preparation Courses (UPCs) in 12. Grade count! College-courses or University and Collegecourse (M-courses) cannot be considered.
In the transcript following courses must be confirmed:
  • two languages (English resp. French as a mother tongue + additional foreign language)
  • Mathematics
  • a natural science subject (chemistry, physics or biology)
  • two additional subjects
  • a grade point average of over 65 % in the 6 UPCs
In English taught schools, English should be taught as mother tongue and additional foreign language has to be on the transcript. In French taught schools, French has to be the taught as mother tongue and additional language hast to be on the transcript.

 

Prince Edward Island
The Prince Edward Island high school diploma is not sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

Quebeck
Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC):

Formation generale Direct admission to any German university (including Jacobs University) is possible if 24 to 28 (depending on the collège) successfully passed "courses" appear on the Bulleting Cumulatif

Diplome d'etudes secondaires (DES):
The Diplome d'etudes secondaires (DES) diploma is not sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

Saskatchewan
The Saskatchwan diploma is not sufficient for university admission in Germany. Jacobs University will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

 

Additional remarks
If you have been enrolled at a university and have completed one or more years of university studies, you may qualify for direct entry regardless of your high school diploma. Please contact admission [at] jacobs-university.de for more information.

If you don't meet the above stated conditions, your high school diploma is not sufficient for direct admission and you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University Bremen.

Hong Kong High School Diploma (HK - DSE)

Student holding HK DSE qualify for direct admission in Germany and to Jacobs University, if the conditions listed below are met.

In the transcript following subjects must be present:

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Liberal Studies
  • 2 further, not connected to each other, general studies subjects

All these subjects must be passed with at least “Level 3”

If you don't meet the above stated conditions, your high school diploma is not sufficient for direct admission and you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University Bremen.

IB Diploma

Admission at Jacobs University and other German universities is possible with the IB diploma when below listed conditions are met. If you don't meet the listed conditions, you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University.

  1. An International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International gained in accordance with the regulations of the International Baccalaureate Organization/Office du Baccalauréat International is recognized as a qualification for entry to higher education if it has been gained after at least twelve consecutive years' attendance at schools with full-time teaching and if the following conditions are fulfilled:
    a) The six examination subjects for the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International (IB) must include the following subjects as described in the terminology of the IB:
    - two languages at Level A or B (at least one of which is a continued foreign language as Language A[1] or Language B HL[2]),
    - one scientific subject (biology, chemistry, physics), - mathematics (mathematical methods[3] or mathematics HL or further mathematics in combination with mathematics HL),
    - a social science subject (history, geography, economics, psychology, philosophy, social anthropology, and business and management).
    In addition to the subjects listed above, the sixth compulsory subject may be one of the following subjects as described in IB terminology:
    - art/design[4], music, theatre arts[5], film, literature and performance, a further modern foreign language, Latin, Classical Greek, general chemistry, applied chemistry, environmental systems[6], computer science, design technology, world religions, and sports, exercise and health science.
    b) The three subjects to be examined at higher level for the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International must include either mathematics or a scientific subject, that is biology, chemistry or physics.
    c) All subjects must have been studied continuously, that is for two consecutive years, within the IB Diploma Programme,
    d) At least IB grade 4[7] must be awarded for each of the required six subjects. If IB grade 3 is awarded in one subject only, this may be compensated for if at least IB grade 5 is awarded in another subject at the same or a higher level and if a total of at least 24 points has been achieved.
    e) Before embarking on a course of study in Germany, German holders of the IB Diploma, who did not study German as part of the IB programme at a school outside Germany, must provide evidence of an adequate knowledge of German; the detail will be regulated by the legal provisions of individual German states.
     
  2. If the conditions in point 1 are not fulfilled, the passing of an additional examination in accordance with the "Rahmenordnung für den Hochschulzugang mit ausländischen Bildungsnachweisen für die Ausbildung an den Studienkollegs und für die Feststellungsprüfung" [Framework regulation for entry to higher education with foreign educational certification for preparatory courses of study and for the assessment test] (Decision of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers of 15.04.1994 in the applicable version) is required for recognition as a qualification for entry to higher education. Recognition as a subject-specific qualification for entry to higher education is also possible in the form of a successfully completed one-year higher education course in a country whose school leaving certificates give access to higher education in Germany either directly or after a successfully completed one-year course of study.
     
  3. The average grade for an International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International will be calculated in the state in which the certification is evaluated. The procedure for this will be based on the "Vereinbarung über die Festsetzung der Gesamtnote bei ausländischen Hochschulzugangsberechtigungen" [Agreement on establishing the overall grade for foreign authorizations for entry to higher education] (Decision of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers of 15.03.1991 in the applicable version) together with the following regulation, which refers specifically to the IB. The calculation of the average grade (N) will be based on the total points (P) indicated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Diplôme du Baccalauréat International and on a maximum of 42 points (Pmax) and a minimum of 24 points (Pmin). Any extra points achieved will also be taken into consideration. Points totals between 42 (Pmax) and 45 (highest possible IB points total plus the maximum achievable 3 extra points) will be equated to the German average grade of 1.0.

    The calculation is made using the following formula:
    N=1 + 3 Pmax -P/Pmax-Pmin
    Mit N=gesuchte Note (Durchschnittsnote)
    P=im Zeugnis ausgewiesene Gesamtpunktzahl
    Pmax=42 Punkte (IB-Gesamtpunktzahl ohne Zusatz-punkte)
    Pmin=24 Punkte (unterer Eckwert)
    N=1,0 (für 42 ≤ P ≤ 45)
     
  4. The IBO will keep the Standing Conference of Education Ministers informed of any changes to the final examination (requirements, content, organization) and will give the German school supervisory authority the opportunity to look into the work of the schools. If advice is needed or at the request of one of the German states, the Advisory Board of the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB) [German Central Office for Foreign Education] will check whether the IB still meets the requirements for recognition.
     
  5. This decision comes into force on the date on which it is passed by the Standing Conference of Education Ministers.

[1] From 2013 examination, Language A: Language and Literature or Language A: Literature.
[2] Applies since 2013 examination.
[3] Called "mathematics SL" since 2006 examination.
[4] Called "visual arts" since May 2000.
[5] Called "theatre" since 2009 examination.
[6] Called "environmental systems and societies" since 2010 examination
[7] (IB fail grades: 1 = very poor/très faible 2 = poor/faible 3 = mediocre/médiocre IB pass grades: 4 = satisfactory/satisfaisant 5 = good/bon 6 = very good/très bon 7 = excellent/excellent)

Indian High School Diploma

The Indian High School Diploma is not sufficient for direct admission to any German university. In order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University, you need to fulfill the general requirement for admission with Indian High School Diploma and sit for the SAT / ACT.

General Requirement:
High School Diploma after 12 years of school education. The final grade has to be at least 50% of the highest grade.

OR

High School Diploma after 12 years of school education together with a proof of having passed both parts (main and advanced) of the "Joint Entrance Examination" of the Indian Institutes of Technology.

Indonesian High School Diploma

The Indonesian High School Diploma is not sufficient for direct admission to any German university. In order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University, you need to fulfill the general requirement for admission with Indonesian High School Diploma and sit for the SAT / ACT.

General Requirement:
High School Diploma after 12 years of school education. You need to have taken the national high school examination (Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional) with a grade D 6,0 or better.

Another option is our Foundation Year program.

Korea High School Diploma

The Korean High School Diploma is not sufficient for direct admission at Jacobs University. In order to be considered for admission, you need to fulfill the general requirement for admission with Korean High School Diploma for entry into a German university and sit for the SAT / ACT.

General Requirement for entry into a German University:
You need to have passed the following subjects as regular subjects during the entire duration of your high school studies (10-12 grade) in your transcript:

  • Mother language
  • Foreign language
  • Mathematics
  • 1 natural science subject

Major Specific Requirement (does not apply to Jacobs University, as we require SAT /ACT):
In addition, you need to have taken the College Scholastic Ability Test (the subject specific Korean university entry examination) and to have achieved a mean “Stanine” between 1.0 and 4.4. You can study majors in the area of your K-SAT.

Macau

(Form 6, Senior Middle Three, Grade 12) / Certificate of Senior Secondary Education

The Macau high school diploma is not sufficient for university admission. We will require SAT or ACT in order for your application to be considered.

Taiwan

Senior High School ( after 12 years)
The Taiwan Senior High School diploma shall be recognized as sufficient for university admission in Germany, if it has been obtained after attending at least twelve years of full-time education, and if the following requirements are met:

  • you have sat for the university admission test in Taiwan ("Xueke nengli Ceyan")
  • you have achieved at least 53 points on the Taiwanese university admission test

Taiwanese Senior Vocational School
The Taiwanese Senior Vocational School diploma does qualify you for direct admission in Germany.

Additional remarks
If you have been enrolled at a Taiwanese university and have completed one or more years of university studies, you may qualify for direct entry regardless of your high school diploma. Please contact admission [at] jacobs-university.de for more information.

If you don't meet the above stated conditions, your high school diploma is not sufficient for direct admission and you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University Bremen.

Malaysia High School Diploma

Student holding STPM (and having achieved the SPM) qualify for direct admission in Germany and to Jacobs University, if the conditions listed below are met.

In the STPM:

  • 2 subjects must be passed with a grade A – E OR
  • 1 subject passed with a grade A – E AND
  • 2 subjects passed with a grade R

In addition, in the SPM:

  • 3 subjects passed with grade 1-6 (= G.C.E. Ordinary Level Pass)

The subjects above must not be related to each other. Of those, 2 must be languages and 1 must be mathematics or a natural science subject (Physics, Biology, Chemistry).

The subject Pengajian Am / General Studies cannot be considered as one of the STPM subjects to be passed with a grade A-E.

For technical, natural sciences and medical majors 3 of the 5 subjects above must be natural sciences subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry) of which at least one must be in the STPM with a grade A-E (for medicine 2 must be in STPM with a grade A-E).

If you don't meet the above stated conditions, your high school diploma is not sufficient for direct admission and you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University Bremen. Minimum requirement (even with SAT / ACT) is the STPM.

Russia High School Diploma

The Russian High School Diploma is not sufficient for direct admission in Germany and you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University Bremen.

Thai High School Diploma

None of the Thai High School Diploma Certificates is sufficient for direct admission at a German university and you will need to sit for SAT / ACT in order to be considered for admission at Jacobs University Bremen. Another option is our Foundation Year program.

US High School Diploma

The US High School Diploma is not for direct admission at Jacobs University or any other German university. In order to be considered for admission, you need to fulfill the below listed requirement and sit for the SAT / ACT.

It is obligatory for your High School Diploma*) to be acquired after continuous attendance of the classes 9 to 12 at a U.S. High School and to comprise a total of 16 "academic units" in the forms 9 to 12:

  • 4 units (3 units are sufficient for 11 forms) English with a minimum grade C: English IV or Honors or AP English,
  • 2 units Second Language,
  • 3 units Social Studies,
  • 5 units in total Mathematics and Science:
    • 2 or 3 units Mathematics with a minimum grade C: Algebra II or III, Trigonometry or Precalculus,
    • 2 or 3 units Science with a minimum grade C: Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
  • 2 academic units free to choose

Yemen High School Diploma

The Yemen High School Diploma does not qualify you for a direct entry into the German Higher Education System. In order to be considered for admission to Jacobs University Bremen, you will need to sit for SAT / ACT. Another option is our Foundation Year program.

Other degrees?

The country or degree is not listed here, drop me an e-mail (p.tsvetkov@jacobs-university) and I will post it.