Why TOEFL is Required
University of Houston: All applicants who did not graduate from native English-speaking countries are required to provide adequate proof of their English proficiency before receiving admission to the university.
University of California at Berkeley – Although we do not expect all students who are not native English speakers to be perfectly fluent in English, it is clear that a student with serious language limitations will have great difficulty coping with a new cultural, social and academic environment.
Brown University – All international applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. These tests measure the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is used in college and university settings.
Admission without TOEFL
Wouldn’t it be nice if all non-native English speakers can get admission in universities in USA without TOEFL or IELTS?
First Language (or native language) is often referred to Mother Tongue and the language a person has learned from birth.
Some universities waive TOEFL Score if medium of instructions was in English, but that’s very rare.
When TOEFL is Waived
According to University of Houston – TOEFL Test requirements is waived for International Students under following conditions
- Earned a high school diploma, Associates of Arts, Associates of Science or bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college or university, or
- Completed your education in one of the following countries; Australia, the English Speaking Caricom countries together with the British overseas territories: Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St.Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago; the English-speaking Canadian provinces, the Fiji Islands, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the Virgin Islands, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
To answer your question, first language is not English if your mother tongue is not English. Assuming you are from India, English will not be your native language.
Are you applying for Carleton University in Canada or Carleton College?