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Hi fellow Gmatclubbers,

I decided to prepare a quick reference list with the minimum TOEFL requirements for most popular schools. Hope it will be of some use!

TOEFL score requirements for various schools
(work in progress)

Notes:
1. All requirements are for TOEFL iBT format, unless specified otherwise
2. All information was taken from official schools’ sites.
3. Even if school does not have an official cut-off score, or if this score seems ridiculously low, it is an applicant’s interest to check an average score of the accepted students in order to form a realistic understanding of what is required.
4. Overall, it seems you will be OK with 100 for the vast majority of schools, but you will need closer to at least 110 for the most competitive ones.

TOEFL Requirements for US Schools
SchoolTOEFL ScoreNotes
Harvard109strongly recommended by adcom
Stanford100
WhartonRequiredno cut-off score; average is given as 111
MITNot Requiredmay be included if an applicant wishes to do so
Chicago Booth104otherwise ‘admission would be contingent upon meeting the minimum scores or other language requirements’
– info from their site
KelloggRequiredno cut-off score specified. Note that average is 109 (2011)
ColumbiaRequiredno cut-off score specified
TuckRequiredno cut-off score specified
Berkeley (Haas)68note that average given for reference is 113
Michigan (Ross)100
Duke (Fuqua)Requiredno cut-off score specified
Darden100not a strict requirement
Yale100
NYU SternRequiredno cut-off score specified
Cornell JohnsonRequiredrequire 600 for old paper-based tests (with 5 in TWE), which corresponds to 100 in new format (with 25 in Writing)
UCLA (Anderson)87they note that you should have a good excuse for anything below 100
CMU (Tepper)Requiredno min score for TOEFL iBT is given, but they specify 600 for old Paper-Based test, so I think it’s 100 for iBT




TOEFL Requirements for Top European Schools
SchoolTOEFL ScoreNotes
IMDNot RequiredTOEFL is not required, but there is general requirement of ‘strong command of spoken and written English’
(evaluated through GMAT, essays and interview I guess)
INSEAD105note that those for whom English is native language, must show knowledge of another language as entry requirement
LBSRequiredno specific ‘cut-off’ score is specified. Last year, there was an unofficial recommendation of 109+, but people with lesser scores could get in.
IE100
IESE100Note that IESE requires 100 for its FT MBA and 93 for its Executive MBA
HEC100Alternatively you can present IELTS score of 6.5 or TOIEC score of 850





TOEFL Requirements for UK Schools
SchoolTOEFL ScoreNotes
Ashridge100
Cambridge (Judge)110min 25 in each section
Cass105
Cranfield100
Manchester100no individual element must be below 20
Oxford (Said)109this is new requirement for 2010
Warwick105


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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 11:11
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Thanks for this post.

Just a query - does having a high Toefl score really make a difference?
For eg. Suppose the cut off and average class profile is 100 for Toefl iBT, does having a 117 really help?


No, not really unfortunately.
Since you will be compared to a slew of native speakers at BSchools (who have not taken toefl), the score does not come into play.

The perspective is that You must have a certain level of proficiency but your english speaking abilities don't impact your leadership and managerial skills - if that were true, all native speakers would have an advantage automatically...
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 11:46
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 22:28
Hi,

FYI the TOEFL requirement for IESE EMBA is 93. Reference

For the MBA it's not specified.
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here are HEC requirements for scores:

"candidates whose mother tongue is not English or those who do not hold a university degree from an English-speaking institution must show a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (ibt), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum TOIEC score of 850."

Source: e-mail received from the school.
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 09:30
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here are HEC requirements for scores:

"candidates whose mother tongue is not English or those who do not hold a university degree from an English-speaking institution must show a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (ibt), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum TOIEC score of 850."

Source: e-mail received from the school.



Thanks! I have added it to the list
Sorry Rid82 - could not resist :)
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Cass Business School, City University requires TOEFL of 105, sourse: e-mail from school's MBA advisor.
Why it is higher than for most top business schools I do not understand. Last year required average TOEFL score was 100.

Average GMAT score required 650 and 620 current and previos year respectively. I will not apply to Cass.
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2010, 19:46
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Cambridge has a new requirement of 110 with a minimum of 25 in each section for 2012 and onward.
http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/mba/apply/requirements.html
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2010, 20:16
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Cambridge has a new requirement of 110 with a minimum of 25 in each section for 2012 and onward.
http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/mba/apply/requirements.html


post updated, thanks :)
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2011, 16:50
Hi,

I have a question about "Candidates who received their bachelor's degree from an English-speaking university are not required to take an English language test (i.e., they are exempt)." (from Harvard website)

I am from Turkey which is not an English speaking country, but medium language of my university is English. I have had all lessons 100% in English at my university. So, do i need to take an English language test?

Also from LBS website;

You do not need to submit your test score if:

* your undergraduate or postgraduate degree was conducted entirely in English or in an English-speaking country (degrees must be two years or longer)

Your English will be continually assessed during the admissions process.

So what u guys think?

and from Stanford;

"Students without an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university at which the primary language of instruction is English must submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE as well."

"Are you required to take the TOEFL-IELTS-PTE?

The following examples illustrate whether or not you are required to take the TOEFL-IELTS-PTE:

Fayza from Pakistan who went to school in Islamabad where the language of instruction at her university was English is not required to take the TOEFL-IELTS-PTE."
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2011, 17:55
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it seems pretty self-explanatory but if you want to be sure I would contact the schools admission offices.
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2011, 18:03
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medium language of my university is English. I have had all lessons 100% in English at my university.


KNN2012 wrote:
You do not need to submit your test score if:
* your undergraduate or postgraduate degree was conducted entirely in English or in an English-speaking country (degrees must be two years or longer)


I think it is clear that you don't need to take TOEFL. Anyway, as bseb suggested, I would ask the AdCom, just to be sure.
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2011, 10:24
hi friends

i applied to chicago booth, boston college and purdue in R2 and put in the official toefl scores request on 1st jan. But the official scores havent been recieved in any university. although the toefl website is showing precessed. i dont understand.

will ad coms start evaluating my applications with my unofficial scores or will they hold the application and start evaluating my application only when they recieve the official scores??

Please respond if u have any idea.
Im reallly tensed about this.

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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2011, 12:30
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i applied to chicago booth, boston college and purdue in R2 and put in the official toefl scores request on 1st jan. But the official scores havent been recieved in any university. although the toefl website is showing precessed. i dont understand.

will ad coms start evaluating my applications with my unofficial scores or will they hold the application and start evaluating my application only when they recieve the official scores??

Please respond if u have any idea.
Im reallly tensed about this.

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Hi, I'm not sure if this is how most schools proceed but I know that some schools only require a scan at first. And then later, if you're admitted, they will ask you to provide an original hard copy report.
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 07:39
I scored 109 on my first attempt. I want to apply to top 10 Ivy League schools.
Should I retake?

Does an improvement from 109 to let's say 115 really matter?
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 07:51
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I scored 109 on my first attempt. I want to apply to top 10 Ivy League schools.
Should I retake?

Does an improvement from 109 to let's say 115 really matter?


I don't think it matters. I don't think they will ding/admit you because of the toefl score once you've reached the minimum. This in not like GMAT
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Re: TOEFL Score Requirements for Most Popular Schools [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 10:15
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freedom wrote:
I scored 109 on my first attempt. I want to apply to top 10 Ivy League schools.
Should I retake?

Does an improvement from 109 to let's say 115 really matter?


I don't think it matters. I don't think they will ding/admit you because of the toefl score once you've reached the minimum. This in not like GMAT


Thank you for your answer.

I decided to retake only if I have some spare time left before deadline.
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