TOEFL Requirements


gdeschamps

I have a 29/28/23/28 (108 overall) TOEFL IBT score. I'm interested in applying to the following programs which have TOEFL requirements I don't meet:

1. Harvard: 25/25/25/25
2. Columbia: 26/26/24/24
3. Penn: 100 (website says your score should show balance)
4. Georgetown: 25/25/25/25

How likely is it for these programs to overlook the fact that I don't meet their requirements regarding the speaking section? If I look forward to getting financial aid, is this a definitive deal-breaker?

Thank you for your replies.

I have a 29/28/23/28 (108 overall) TOEFL IBT score. I'm interested in applying to the following programs which have TOEFL requirements I don't meet:

1. Harvard: 25/25/25/25
2. Columbia: 26/26/24/24
3. Penn: 100 (website says your score should show balance)
4. Georgetown: 25/25/25/25

How likely is it for these programs to overlook the fact that I don't meet their requirements regarding the speaking section? If I look forward to getting financial aid, is this a definitive deal-breaker?

Thank you for your replies.
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sah130

Hi there,

A marginally lower TOEFL score is definitely not a deal breaker in terms of admissions. I know people who have gotten into places like NYU with a score that fell short of the minimum requirement. Having said that, if you aspire to go to a school like Harvard, you would be advised to meet the required standards of English proficiency as this could factor negatively. Also, it may affect negatively on financial aid decisions.

Considering you're very close to the minimum standard, I think you can surely attempt the test again and get the score you need!

All the best!

Hi there,

A marginally lower TOEFL score is definitely not a deal breaker in terms of admissions. I know people who have gotten into places like NYU with a score that fell short of the minimum requirement. Having said that, if you aspire to go to a school like Harvard, you would be advised to meet the required standards of English proficiency as this could factor negatively. Also, it may affect negatively on financial aid decisions.

Considering you're very close to the minimum standard, I think you can surely attempt the test again and get the score you need!

All the best!
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