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Can TOEFL strengthen my application for Full Time MBA in the US?

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New post 28 Sep 2014, 21:41
Hi,

I seek to apply for Full Time MBA program starting in Fall 2015, mostly to business schools in the United States.

I have completed my under-graduation at Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University, India. All of my subjects and the degree overall was completely in English.

I understand from the website of many schools that "TOEFL iBT score is required for international applicants who attended a non-English-speaking undergraduate university."
Some schools also say that "If you completed a graduate degree which was taught in English, it is recommended you submit one of these tests, but it is not required."

With this information, I feel that it is not mandatory for me to take the TOEFL to be an eligible MBA candidate, but:
  • Is it still recommended to take the test / Can TOEFL strengthen my application or it doesn't make any difference (given my education has been in English language)?
  • Does the fact that I pursued my undergraduate degree in India make any difference?
  • What schools absolutely require TOEFL without any other consideration?


I am confused whether to take the test or not. My gut feeling says it is not required but it'll be good to hear from an expert.

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New post 01 Oct 2014, 07:05
Yes, I have a same question about TOEFL. Can you please provide a detail about it?, Thanks
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New post 07 Oct 2014, 03:15
I can't answer all your specific questions, but I certainly can help you with a general answer.

Yes, take the TOEFL.

Why?

If you apply to MBA schools in America, and the evaluators see that you're from India, and you DON'T have a TOEFL, then that might insert a sliver of doubt into their minds about your capabilities.

And this could, potentially, lead to a rejection of your application.

I would take the safe road and take the TOEFL just for the extra insurance. If you're English level is REALLY strong, then that will be reflected in your TOEFL scores. And you will have nothing to worry about.

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New post 09 Oct 2014, 21:03
good thoughts
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