Score Reporting for Tests of Academic English

Prospective students for graduate study are required to report official scores from a test of academic English if they have not earned a degree—be it an undergraduate (bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s or doctorate)—from a U.S. institution. These scores are required of:

  1. individuals not born on American soil who were educated at an institution outside the United States, and
  2. U.S. citizens who earned a degree abroad from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English.

The requirement of a test of academic English is satisfied when the applicant produces official scores from either theTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or, in early 2007, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.  This is an additional requirement  for applicants educated at an institution of higher learning outside the United States.  The TOEFL® and IELTS™ cannot be utilized as a substitute for the GRE®GMAT®, or MAT™standardized examinations.  Temple University Graduate School requires minimum scores of:

TOEFL® Paper-based (PBT) 550
Computer-based (CBT) 213
Internet-based (iBT) 79
IELTS™ Academic 6.5
General Training Not accepted


Scores for the TOEFL® and IELTS™ must be submitted electronically to Temple University within two years of the applicant’s test administration date.  Scores for the TOEFL® should be forwarded electronically by Educational Testing Service.  Scores for the IELTS™ should be forwarded electronically by IELTS™. No photocopies of score reports for a test of academic English will be accepted from applicants.

For reporting purposes, the institution code for the TOEFL® is 2906.  The institution code for the IELTS™ will be published upon availability.