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Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS)

Applicants whose native language is not English must present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with the application. This requirement may be waived if you have earned a degree from an English-speaking institution. Please contact your program of interest to confirm. 

  • International students transferring from unfinished degree programs of other universities in the United States should present TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • The TOEFL and IELTS are administered at test centers throughout the world at different times during the year. You may access information regarding the TOEFL or IELTS exam, including registration and sample tests, at ets.org/toefl or http://www.ielts.org.
  • The Vanderbilt Institution Code for TOEFL is 1871. 
  • The minimum acceptable score on the paper-based TOEFL is 570, and for the Internet-based test, 88. Many programs, however, require a considerably higher level of proficiency.
  • For IELTS, the minimum acceptable score will vary by program. In many cases, a score of at least 7.0 is desirable. Please contact your program of interest to confirm.