The test of English as a foreign language is required by most programs for applicants whose native language is not English. There are some cases where the TOEFL requirement may be waived. The TOEFL® test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand the English language as it is heard, spoken, read and written in the university classroom.
The TOEFL test is offered in two formats: the TOEFL iBT™, administered in an Internet-based format, and the TOEFL PBT, administered in a Paper-based format. The format you take depends on your testing location. Test centers that do not have Internet access offer the TOEFL PBT test.
• The TOEFL iBT test measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. It is offered 30 to 40 times a year, and is administered online via computer at more than 4,500 testing sites in 165 countries. Most test takers take the TOEFL iBT test.
• The TOEFL PBT test measures reading, listening, grammar and writing skills and is offered six times a year in areas where Internet-based testing is not available.
Most MBA programs will waive the TOEFL requirement for international candidates who attended an undergraduate institution, earning a bachelor’s degree, where the sole language of instruction is English, and/or earned a graduate degree that was taught in English. However, there are a few exceptions:
At Berkeley-Haas, if your degree is from an institution in India, you are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.
UCLA-Anderson require all international applicants (with the exception of those from Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom or who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from universities in those countries) to provide TOEFL/IELTS scores, regardless of being educated in English during your undergraduate years.
At Cornell Tech, the TOEFL requirement may be waived if you are a native citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, or if you studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. You must submit a transcript that shows you have attended college in one of these approved locations.
Some business schools will accept TOEFL alternatives from applicants as well, such as IELTS and PTE.