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GRE and TOEFL

Q. Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

  • A: Most departments require the GRE general test. Some departments require additional subject tests, and a few non-M.D. programs in the School of Medicine allow applicants to submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. Consult department websites or the Graduate Programs page for departmental requirements. If you need to take a test, please arrange to take it early to ensure that your scores reach Stanford by the application deadline. 
  • Applicants to the School of Law, School of Business and M.D. program take the LSAT, GMAT and MCAT, respectively. 
  • COVID-19 Update: Departments who accept GRE scores are also accepting the GRE at-home test for those impacted by COVID-19. 

Q. Do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Q. Where should I have my GRE and/or TOEFL scores sent?

  • A: Applicants should have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send scores electronically to Stanford. Our university code is 4704. It does not matter what department code is specified. You will either self-report your scores or indicate the date you will take the test(s) in the online application. Self-reported scores will not be considered official until Stanford receives the electronic record.

Q. My GRE/TOEFL scores are not recent. Will you accept them?

  • A: GRE scores fromETS are valid for five years. TOEFL scores are retained for 20 months. For questions about the validity of GRE scores, please contact ETS. If ETS is able to send your GRE/TOEFL scores, we will accept them.