TOEFL is required for all international applicants applying for graduate school and other degree programs in USA. Students are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language, unless they meet certain TOEFL exemptions criteria set by universities.
Set of criteria will vary by university, but it will look similar to following set of rules. If applicants meet any of the following criteria, then TOEFL is not required for admission.
TOEFL Not Required
TOEFL is not required when one of the following rules are meet.
- Native English speakers
- Non-native English speakers who have completed two consecutive years of full-time high school or university study in the U.S. or other country where the official language of the country is English
- Non-native English speakers who have a minimum of one-year full-time employment in the U.S. or other country where the official language of the country is English.
Applicants must submit a letter from their employers verifying at least 12 consecutive months of employment and describing their English proficiency.
Note- Students from countries where the official language is not English, but who attended a university where English was the language of instruction, are not exempt from submitting TOEFL scores.
Students from India will be usually attending colleges where medium of instructions is English. But, they are required to submit TOEFL test scores.