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Typical exemption criteria (not MECE)

1) Citizenship/permanent residency in an English speaking country

2) Undergraduate or graduate degree obtained in an English speaking country

3) Undergraduate or graduate degree obtained from an English language of instruction university

4) Native speaker of English

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Penn/Wharton
TOEFL
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. You may waive the TOEFL if you have earned an undergraduate degree or master's degree in an English-speaking country or from an institution in which English is the language of instruction; applicants must provide evidence to support the waiver. If your test score is more than 2 years old (from the date of the exam to the date of application arrival), you must retake the test. Administered by ETS, the TOEFL is offered throughout the year at test centers worldwide. Wharton only accepts official TOEFL scores sent by ETS.
Wharton's TOEFL code is: 2926-02


Stanford
All applicants to the Stanford MBA Program who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university at which the primary language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Chicago
Q: Can I have the TOEFL or IELTS waived?
A: An international applicant, however, is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if he/she has earned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction. An applicant is also eligible if he/she is a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language. Applicants should indicate the exemption in the application where indicated.

Harvard
Candidates from non-English speaking countries are required to take the TOEFL and /or IELTS, according to the following guidelines:
 Candidates who received their bachelor's degree from an English-speaking university are not required to submit these tests (i.e., they are exempt).
 Candidates who received a master's or Ph.D. degree from an English-speaking university are strongly encouraged to submit the TOEFL and/or IELTS.
 The Admissions Board discourages any candidate with a TOEFL score lower than 267 from applying.
 We strongly urge students from non-English-speaking countries to take the Test of Written English (TWE), now part of the computerized TOEFL.
 TOEFL or IELTS scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

Northwestern/Kellogg
Who is required to take the TOEFL?
A valid score for the TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English AND who have not received a university degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (not including Quebec), England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales. Please note that TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
Does Kellogg offer TOEFL waivers?
Although we strongly encourage candidates to take the TOEFL based on the criteria listed in the previous question, we will grant exemptions for candidates who graduated with an undergraduate degree in which English was the only language of instruction AND who have worked three consecutive years within the last five years in an English speaking country (see previous question for list of countries) where business was conducted in English. Please note that the Admissions Office reserves the right to request a TOEFL score if additional information is required to assess one’s English skills.
Candidates who fulfill the requirements for a TOEFL exemption must indicate such in the Additional Information section of the application. Candidates also must submit documentation from the university that all courses were taught in English.

Columbia

International students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You may be exempted from the TOEFL if you have received a degree from an institution whose official language of instruction is English.

MIT

TOEFL
Am I required to take the TOEFL?
No. The verbal sections of the GMAT will be used to evaluate your English language ability. Applicants who do take the TOEFL may report their scores to help demonstrate their English language ability, but it is not required.
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UC Berkeley

TOEFL Exam

Applicants who received their degrees in countries other than the US, UK, Australia, or English-speaking Canada are required to take the TOEFL exam. This includes applicants with degrees from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. Only applicants who have completed a full year of US university-level coursework with a grade of B or better are exempt from this requirement.

The TOEFL exam must be taken prior to the deadline for which you are applying. The minimum acceptable score for the computer-based version of the exam is 230, and the minimum acceptable score for the paper-based exam is 570. The average TOEFL score of admitted applicants for fall 2003 entry was 277. For fall 2004 admission, we only accept official scores from exams taken during or after June 2002. To have your exam results sent to Berkeley’s Full-time MBA Program, list institution code 4833 and department code 02.

UCLA

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The quantity and quality of work required in the UCLA Anderson MBA Program cannot be accomplished without mastery of the English language. All applicants are required to take the TOEFL examination if they earned their degrees in countries where the official language is not English.Administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the TOEFL is offered throughout the year at test centers around the world. Only official TOEFL score reports sent directly from ETS will be accepted for review.

The TOEFL is a comprehensive test of English language skills and is used, together with the verbal section of the GMAT and the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), to determine whether a candidate is prepared to begin a graduate program conducted in English. Although no minimum TOEFL score is required, few applicants have been admitted with scores below 610 on the paper version or below 260 on the TOEFL CBT.

Please consult the Admissions Decision Schedule to determine the date by which you must take the TOEFL in order to be considered for a particular admission deadline. TOEFL scores that are more than two years old are not acceptable (for Fall 2005 admission, the earliest acceptable test date is October 2002).


Dartmouth
Do I need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam?
All non-native English speakers must take and self-report results from the TOEFL unless they qualify for a TOEFL waiver. The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have recently lived for at least three years in an English-speaking country or who received a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where instruction is in English. Results should not be more than two years old from the year you apply. If you have taken the TOEFL multiple times, please report only your highest score. For information on how to register for this exam, visit the TOEFL website at http://www.toefl.org. Please use the Tuck code 3351 on your exam.

Duke

All international citizens who did not earn an undergraduate degree from a school whose primary language of instruction is English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL requirement is waived for international applicants holding non-technical master or Ph.D. degrees from colleges and universities located in the United States. Official scores must be reported directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Applicant photocopies are not accepted. If we receive multiple TOEFL scores, we will automatically use the score from the test date submitted on your application. Scores are valid for two years from the date of the test. We will not review an application with expired TOEFL test scores. Allow at least four weeks for requested TOEFL scores to reach The Duke MBA office of admissions.

Michigan

Q. What is the TOEFL requirement for international students who apply to the MBA Program?
A. Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 600 or higher on the written test or 250 on the computerized test. You must also take the writing test included in the examination unless the writing test is not given at your site.

Q. Are there instances in which I wouldn’t be required to take the TOEFL?
A. International applicants who have earned a degree from a U.S. school or an institution abroad where the curriculum is exclusively in English are exempt from the TOEFL requirement. Those who have worked in the U.S. full time for two or more years in the past five years are also exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

Q. How long are TOEFL scores valid?
A. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

NYU

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The TOEFL exam is a measure of your knowledge of English as a foreign language, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The TOEFL ETS reporting code for Stern is 2582.

Please include in your application packet a photocopy of your test score report. TOEFL scores cannot be more than two years old (see TOEFL deadlines).
All applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a university degree in an English-speaking country must take the TOEFL in addition to the GMAT.
For applicants from countries where English is not the primary spoken language but is the primary language used in education, such as India and Singapore, the TOEFL is recommended but not required.
In place of the TOEFL, you may take the English Language Proficiency Test from the American Language Institute at New York University.



UVA

Is the TOEFL required? Can I waive the TOEFL?

Candidates whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Under certain circumstances, international students are eligible to waive the TOEFL exam. You must contact the Admissions Office at darden@virginia.edu to request a waiver, presenting evidence to support your request.

What is the average TOEFL? Do you keep scores submitted in prior years?

For international students entering Darden, the average TOEFL is 270. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date.

Yale

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
If the primary language of instruction at your undergraduate or graduate institution was not English, you must submit a TOEFL score. Request that ETS send your official scores directly to Yale using the Yale School of Management ETS code, 3986. You can contact ETS at http://www.toefl.org or 609-771-7550.
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UNC

TOEFL or IELTS required for applicants for whom English is not the native language, with few exceptions

TOEFL or IELTS Exceptions
Applicants do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score if:
You earned an undergraduate degree or graduate degree at a U.S. college or university
Your total education was conducted in English in a native English-speaking country

Texas-Austin

Can I waive the TOEFL?
The TOEFL is not required for U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents, and in the following circumstances for non-U.S. residents:

If the applicant’s native language is English. (English must be the only official language of the country of which the applicant is a citizen).

If the applicant has a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university from a country in which English is the only official language as well as the language of instruction.

In the above situations, the TOEFL is waived automatically - you do not need to request a waiver.

If neither of the above circumstances applies to your particular situation as an international applicant, then you are required to include a TOEFL score with your MBA application to be considered for admission. If you feel that you have exceptional English skills (you have studied or worked in English speaking countries), you may apply for a TOEFL waiver. To process the TOEFL waiver (unless it is an automatic case as listed above) we will need your GMAT score (with the breakdown of verbal and quantitative sections), a writing sample (an answer to one of our essay questions would be sufficient), and a written recommendation from a native English speaker who currently has or has had regular verbal interactions with you attesting to your English skills. Once we receive these items, we can consider your TOEFL wavier request.

Please have your TOEFL score sent electronically to The University of Texas at Austin. Please send the letter requesting the waiver and the letter of support from the native English speaker directly to the MBA Admissions Office 512-471-4131 FAX or CBA 2.316, Austin, TX 78712.

You may further research the eligibility requirements for international applicants at our Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) web page at: http://www.utexas.edu/student/giac/intlinfo.html.

USC/Marshall

TOEFL and English Language Proficiency
All applicants who earned undergraduate degrees in a non-English speaking country are required to submit their scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To avoid delays in processing your application, we suggest you request that your test scores be sent to Marshall at the time you pre-register. You should send a photocopy of the official GMAT and TOEFL scores with your application. However, official scores must be forwarded to Marshall by the testing agency.

Emory University

Language Requirements
Non-native English speaking candidates must have strong English language communication skills, both written and spoken. If your native language is not English, you must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or, in cases where the TOEFL is not available, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum score requirement for the TOEFL is a 100 on the internet based test, a 250 on the computer based test, and a 600 for the paper-based test.

The TOEFL may be waived if:

Candidates have spent at least 3 years in the U.S. working toward completion of an undergraduate degree or have completed a graduate degree followed by at least 2 years of work in the U.S.
Candidates are from countries where their junior high school (equal to 7th and 8th grade in the U.S. ) and high school education is in English; their full university education is in English; and commerce in their country is generally conducted in English. (Examples of such countries include: Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.)
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2006, 17:30
Hjort,

From the little info I've gathered on TOEFL(myself and a few others at my GMAT prep class), I've found the following correlation between GMAT and TOEFL.

650+ GMAT = 270 + TOEFL (CBT). I'm not sure whether it's similar with IBT. Maybe it's tougher?

As you know, the highest required TOEFL CBT is 265 or so at HBS. Rest are 250+.

So if my stats are representative of general data, I'd recommend to anyone who needs to spend much time explaining why he or she should not submit TOEFL scores, that he prepares for and sits for it. 280+ is quite easy to achieve at TOEFL CBT and it would probably strengthen your app. Additionally, if you can honestly show you should sit for TOEFL, then your "diversity" credentials would go up, right?

There are two drawbacks to this, though:

1) Cost (it ain't cheap).
2) Time (if you are very tight with your apps.).

Hope it helps. L.
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