TOEFL Scores

Standards for Test Scores and Written Materials

Applications for Admission to the Ph.D. Program

  • Preferred TOEFL Scores: Internet-Based Test (IBT) scores: minimum speaking: 23; minimum writing: 25; minimum total score: 100. Paper-Based Test (PBT): minimum structure / written expression: 57; minimum total score: 600.
  • Preferred GRE Scores: verbal scores at 600 or higher; and scores in analytical writing at 5.0 or higher.
  • Written Materials: Applicants’ statements of purpose and writing samples need to substantiate their ability to write grammatical, well-structured, and concise prose. In cases where applicants’ test scores are lower than the preferred minimums indicated above, the review committee will consider whether their written materials compensate for that lack by demonstrating a particularly high level of writing ability.

Applications for Teaching Assistantships

  • Required TOEFL Scores: Internet-Based Test (IBT): minimum speaking: 26; minimum writing: 26; minimum total score: 103. Paper-Based Test (PBT): minimum structure / written expression: 60; minimum total score: 610. Since the PBT does not have a speaking component, taking the IBT is encouraged and preferred. The review committee will consider phone interviews or other assessments of speaking abilities tested by the IBT before accepting applicants with only a PBT test result.
  • Required GRE Scores: verbal scores at 600 or higher; scores in analytical writing at 5.0 or higher.
  • Written Materials: Applicants’ statements of purpose and writing samples need to substantiate their ability to write grammatical, well-structured, and concise prose.