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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.


We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: gradadmissions@stanford.edu. We will do our best to work with you and your department. 


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts.

Required Exams

Announcements

Due to COVID-19, many locations throughout China have suspended the testing of TOEFL iBT. To accommodate test takers, Educational Testing Services (ETS) is offering the TOEFL IPT Plus. The TOEFL iBT is currently required of all applicants to graduate study when English is not the first language and the applicant does not qualify for an exemption; this is a University requirement.

The TOEFL ITP Plus provides paper-based TOEFL iBT Level 1 with an unscored video speaking component, provided by Vericant.

Stanford will temporarily accept the TOEFL ITP Plus test with the Vericant interview for applicants from Mainland China who are unable to sit for the TOEFL iBT. This exception is requested only for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants may be asked to re-test at a later time once the Stanford TOEFL iBT becomes available, or applicants may be asked to re-test through the Stanford Language Center. Per current University policy, all international students including those from Mainland China must receive English language clearance from the English for Foreign Students program prior to becoming a teaching assistant.

Please note that departments have varying application deadlines. Applicants should consult their program’s website for application deadlines and schedule the TOEFL ITP test accordingly.

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ETS has introduced a solution for students who have been impacted by the coronavirus to take the TOEFL iBT® test and the GRE® General Test at home until test centers can reopen. For more information, please visit the ETS website.

 

Applicants are encouraged to register early to maximize the chances of scheduling preferred test dates and times. For details and registration information explore the ETS web site. Official scores must be reported directly to Stanford from Educational Testing Service. Stanford’s ETS institutional code is 4704. Individual department code numbers are not necessary.  As long as the institutional code of 4704 is selected, the score will be electronically delivered to Stanford.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test

Some departments require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. In addition, some departments also require the subject exam. Refer to programs.

  • Scores expire after five years and will not be available from ETS.

  • Test scores received by Graduate Admissions prior to September 1, 2018 are no longer retained on file. If you had ETS send test scores to Stanford but you did NOT submit an application, you must request that ETS resend the scores if you submit an application in the future.

  • See the Graduate Record Exam website for more information.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Stanford accepts only ETS (Educational Testing Service) scores.

  • Minimum TOEFL Requirements: Evidence of adequate English proficiency must be submitted before enrollment is approved by Graduate Admissions.
Applicants Applying To Internet-Based TOEFL
Doctoral Programs: All Fields 100
Master's Programs: Humanities, Social Sciences, Education 100
Master's Programs: School of Engineering 89
  • Scores must be submitted from a test taken within the last eighteen months.

  • Exemptions are granted to applicants who have earned (or will earn, before enrolling at Stanford) a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or the international equivalent degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English. Therefore, applicants with degrees from the U.S., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales) are exempt from taking the TOEFL and do not need to submit the TOEFL waiver request form. If you are offered admission, the official transcript must be received showing the conferral of the degree from the qualifying institution or TOEFL exam scores will be required to enroll.

  • Applicants with degrees from institutions in countries other than those listed above and in which English was the only language of instruction may be eligible for a waiver of the TOEFL requirement.  Please note that Graduate Admissions is updating the TOEFL Waiver Request form. The link will be available on this page once the graduate application becomes available in September. If you have been admitted or have submitted an application within the past few weeks and need a TOEFL Waiver, please email gradadmissions@stanford.edu with the subject line: URGENT TOEFL Waiver Request. You must submit a Stanford application before submitting a TOEFL waiver request form.

  • U.S. citizenship does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking the TOEFL if the applicant’s first language is not English.