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TOEFL/IELTS Questions

What are the TOEFL/IELTS requirements for the program?

If you are an international student, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam (MyBestScore [TOEFL] and Duolingo are not accepted).

Self-Reported TOEFL or IELTS scores must be input into the application by the application deadline. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores are required in order to accept offers of admission (typically sent before the end of February).

TOEFL Codes:

  • School/Institution: 4836
  • Department: 35

Minimum Acceptable TOEFL and IELTS Scores:

  • TOEFL Speaking: 23
  • TOEFL Total: 100
  • IELTS: 7

Non-native English language speakers may be exempt from this requirement if they have earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from either:

  • A regionally accredited U.S. college or university where English is the sole language of instruction, or
  • A foreign college or university which provides instruction solely in English. You may verify whether your institution meets this requirement by looking up your institution in the IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED). If English is not the sole language of instruction listed, if no language is listed at all, or if the institution does not appear on the WHED website, you are required to submit English proficiency exam scores. No other documentation (e.g. letters, language certificates, school websites) may be used in place of WHED as a means to obtain an exemption from the English proficiency requirement.

For the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs' (GEPA) TOEFL/IELTS FAQs, please visit their page on Test and Scores Questions.

Am I exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement?

Non-native English language speakers may be exempt from this requirement if they have earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from either:

  • A regionally accredited U.S. college or university where English is the sole language of instruction, or
  • A foreign college or university which provides instruction solely in English. You may verify whether your institution meets this requirement by looking up your institution in the IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED). If English is not the sole language of instruction listed, if no language is listed at all, or if the institution does not appear on the WHED website, you are required to submit English proficiency exam scores. No other documentation (e.g. letters, language certificates, school websites) may be used in place of WHED as a means to obtain an exemption from the English proficiency requirement.

For questions regarding TOEFL/IELTS exemption, please contact gradadmissions@ucsd.edu.

Does working/teaching in the United States qualify me for a TOEFL/IELTS exemption?

No, working/teaching in the United States does not qualify you for a TOEFL/IELTS exemption.

Do you accept MyBestScore or Duolingo?

No, MyBestScore and Duolingo are not accepted by UC San Diego.

Do I need to send official TOEFL/IELTS scores for application evaluation?

No, only Self-Reported TOEFL or IELTS scores must be input into the application by the application deadline. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores are required in order to accept offers of admission (typically sent before the end of February).

What TOEFL/IELTS scores are acceptable for the program?

Minimum Acceptable TOEFL and IELTS Scores for the program:

  • TOEFL Speaking: 23
  • TOEFL Total: 100
  • IELTS: 7

Can I apply if my TOEFL/IELTS scores are below the acceptable minimums?

Yes, you can apply if your TOEFL/IELTS scores are below the acceptable minimums; however, your application evaluation will be negatively impacted by TOEFL/IELTS scores that do not meet the minimum acceptable scores for the program.

What are UC San Diego’s TOEFL Codes?

  • TOEFL School/Institution Code: 4836
  • TOEFL Department Code: 35

Only School/Institution Code is required.

How do I send IELTS scores?

Please visit the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs' (GEPA) page on Test and Scores Questions and see How can I submit my IELTS scores?.

Can I submit TOEFL/IETLS scores after the deadline?

No, you must submit unofficial TOEFL/IELTS scores by the deadline.

What if I have other TOEFL/IELTS questions?

Please visit the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs' (GEPA) page on Test and Scores Questions and/or email gradadmissions@ucsd.edu.