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.
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, 2019 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.
COVID-19 Update: Departments who accept the GRE test are also accepting the GRE at-home test for those impacted by COVID.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn at least the University minimum required TOEFL score to be eligible for admission as detailed below.
Stanford accepts only ETS (Educational Testing Service) scores; performance on other tests and coursework will not be accepted.
Minimum TOEFL Requirements
Stanford's minimum TOEFL score varies depending on your field of study and degree sought. Please see the table below for minimum scores:
|You are 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|
You are exempt from submitting a TOEFL score if you meet one the following criteria:
A. You (will) have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally- accredited college or university in the United States (territories and possessions excluded).
B. You (will) have an equivalent degree from an English-language university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
You may request a waiver if you (will) have an equivalent degree from a recognized institution in a country other than Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom in which English was the language of instruction. 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.