TOEFL/IELTS Score (Applies to international students only)
***Please read this section very carefully in it's entirety, as the policies are very specific and non-negotiable.***
What is a TOEFL/IELTS score?
Applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration. A student may receive a waiver to the requirement for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based Test (iBT) or a paper-based test (PBT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if they completed all the requirements for their high school diploma, bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree in a country where the primary and/or dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school where the requirements were completed **Without any transferred units.***
- We will accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. The same minimum score applies. However, we will NOT accept the TOEFL ITP Plus test for China.
Please see this link for further information about TOEFL/IELTS: English Proficiency
How do I know whether or not I am required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS?
If ANY of these apply to you, you ARE required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score:
- If you received a degree at a foreign institution at a university where the primary teaching language is NOT English, your TOEFL can not be waived, and will still be required.
- If you transferred any units (even one unit) from an international university and used ANY of those transferred units to meet degree requirements at your university within the United States, your TOEFL can not be waived, and is still required.
What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score requirements for admission?
- TOEFL iBT -80
- TOEFL pBT -550
- IELTS -overall minimum score of 7 and no scores less than 6 on any individual module
What's the institution code for submitting GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores?
What's the department code for submitting GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores?
NO department code is needed when submitting scores electronically, the institution code is the only coded needed/required.
Am I able to apply before taking the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS test?
Yes. On the application enter the date you have registered to take the test. Applicants should register for either the October or December test dates to ensure the timely receipt of their score results for admission consideration. At the time of test registration, students must notify the Educational Testing Service to report scores directly to UCI. Scores reported by a student cannot be accepted.
My TOEFL/IELTS score has expired. Will I still be considered for admission?
- TOEFL test results that are two years old or older are not acceptable.
- IELTS test scores that are two years old or older are not acceptable.
Applicants should register for either the October or December test dates to ensure the timely receipt of their score results for admission consideration. At the time of test registration, students must notify the Educational Testing Service to report scores directly to UCI. Scores reported by a student cannot be accepted.
What if my TOEFL/IELTS test date cannot be scheduled until near or after the January 15th deadline?
Applicants should register for either the October or December test dates (AT THE LATEST) to ensure the timely receipt of their score results to be RECEIVED to the department by the given January 15th deadline. All application materials (for example: GRE scores, reference letters, transcripts) must be submitted/received by the application deadline. *THE PRIORITY DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION IS JANUARY 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. PST. Subsequent to the priority deadline, applications, fees and materials may be submitted until January 31.*
What if I have a newer/better score or I want to retest and submit my second score, what should I do?
Submit your existing score electronically through ETS just to be sure we receive a score from you to meet the TOEFL score submission requirement by the deadline. Then you are able to re-submit your second score electronically through ETS, the same way you submitted your original score. BOTH scores will be visible to the admissions staff search committee.
Am I allowed to submit my TOEFL/IELTS scores via email or mail in a paper copy?
TOEFL scores must be submitted electronically through ETS
IELTS scores, must submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required.
I was not notified of that I was missing required documents (ex: transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation). What should I do?
If you have any further questions that may not have been answered from this page, please visit UCI's Graduate Division English Proficiency page