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Questions about the language exams which the applicants to academic programs may sit to prove their language skills.

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How would native english speakers do in a Proficiency exam? [closed]

Everyday I get more surprised about the native language level of people. It looks like the habit of everyday talking tends to negatively bias their language level. I’ve seen around some similar ...
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IELTS - How is the exam handed to students? [closed]

My wife and I are taking the IELTS exam in a few days and this question just occurred to me - When taking the test, do students receive the whole listening/reading/writing package or do they receive ...
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Is there an English Proficiency Test with lifetime validity? [closed]

IELTS and TOEFL are valid for a period of 2 years only. Is there any English language proficiency test with a lifetime (or more than 2 years) validity? Which is the scope of the test, in terms of ...
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Graduate Program - CCNY Language Exam [closed]

Got into the Art History program and see that I have to pass a language exam at some point during my studies. Has anyone here taken the exam? I'd be taking it in Spanish. I can maintain a ...
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Do I need to sit for TOEFL or SAT? [closed]

I'm actually an United States citizen who has been living and being educated in Malaysia. So currently my family decided to send me back to the States to continue my future studies. Some people told ...
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TOEFL Score and Teaching Assistantship

How does my TOEFL score affect my odds of being granted a TA in US Universities? I'm an international student BTW.
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English requirement for Teaching Assistantship for Ph.D students [closed]

I am applying to Ph.D programs of universities of America as an international student. I currently have an 8.0 IELTS with 7.0 Speaking, and a TOEFL with lower points: Reading, Listening and Writing:...
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In the GRE, why are we allowed to use calculators and not dictionaries? [closed]

Basic arithmetic is pretty trivial, but it can take time and is often very tedious for large quantities and so they allow us to use calculators when writing the GRE (Graduate Records Examination). ...
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Do I have to sit again for TOEFL? [closed]

I want to apply for (top) US PhD programs until this December for being potentially admitted in September 2019. This personal information is relevant to my question: Bachelors in non English-...
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What can I do if my English level is lower than the minimum requirements? [closed]

I am applying for a Masters degree. An IELTS with an overall Band score of at least 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each section is required. I have taken the test and my overall score is 7 but in ...
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Do international students need to take the SAT and TOEFL to study in the US?

I am from Colombia and would like to do grad school in the United States. It seems in order to study I need to take the SAT and TOEFL exams? Is this correct or does it depend on the university?
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How do universities verify your native language?

Many universities require that your native language be English or you will have to submit proof of language proficiency. Usually if you lie and say English is your native language while all other ...
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How graduate admission committees choose between TOEFL scores?

I recently took the TOEFL test and my score didn't satisfy me, even the result is above the minimum requirement for almost all universities. If I will retake the test and send my new score for ...
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Are there any language requirements for citizen applicants with low English skills?

I see from a university website that "if you are not a citizen of one of the following countries..." [a list of countries], "you will need to take the TOEFL before enrolling." (USA is not on the list,...
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Should I provide TOEFL/IELTS results for a PhD admission?

So I'm a citizen of non-English speaking country, but my master's program in STEM field is fully conducted in English. Should I provide TOEFL/IELTS results when applying for a PhD program in USA or ...
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TOEFL or IELTS - Which is more likely to be substituted for the other? [closed]

English is sadly my only language even though my parents and majority of my relatives are bilingual, and I completed my bachelor's and master's in a university where the medium of instruction is ...
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Language certificates when applying to positions in the USA

I am non-US citizen and I want to apply for an academic position in the USA. At which point do I need to show up a language certificate? For example, together with the job application, or together ...
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Is it possible to obtain an English certification online? [closed]

Assume that you are applying for a certain position and they require a proof that you master a given language at a certain level. Are there websites where you can fill out tests and obtain a ...
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Planning to retake English language test for PhD admissions in the UK, but listed previous average in my CV - should I contact professor to explain?

I participated to an English language test in the autumn. My average score was very good, and above the requirement of a program I am applying to. However, the score of one of the sub-components was ...
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Does Oxford ever waive the IELTS language requirement? [closed]

This question is quite specific but I believe it applies to other school of similar rank. I have the following kind of IELTS English language test result: Speaking: 8, Listening: 7.5, Reading: 8....
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Can I use the sealed TOEFL score report I receive from ETS as an official score report

ETS sends a score report to me after each TOEFL exam in a sealed envelope. And since I already have online access to my scores, I would like to know if I can use the sealed score report as an official ...
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Would creating an online flash card deck for GRE study help overcome a weak TOEFL score?

My TOEFL score is 85, but the minimum requirement of the school I'm applying to is 90. My GRE verbal score is also not very good. However, I have dedicated a month to contribute to the community of ...
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How recent should the English language certificate be to apply for Master thesis?

When applying for Master in an European country, English certificates such as CAE, CPE, TOEFL, IELTS are required. Is there a limit about the "age" of the certificate? I got CPE 5 or 6 years ago. Is ...
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Half points and IELTS overall band score categories

My IELTS overall band score is 8.5 and I am wondering what to call it, i.e. what's the name of the category for this score. Rounding rules of half scores in terms of categories is not explained in The ...
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Do I need to take the TOEFL Exam?

I studied in the US up until the 6th grade, came back to India, completed high school here and finished a bachelor degree in computer science here in India. All my education in India was completed in ...
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What is generally expected on language exams for humanities students?

Graduate students (at least in the US) often have to take foreign language competency exams, particularly if they are in the humanities. In things like classics or Biblical studies, I might expect a ...
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Language requirements for postgraduate studies in UK and Canada?

Universities are autonomous institutions with independent requirements and decision making procedures, on the other hand there must be some widely recognized standards. What is the most recognized ...
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Should I give partly score of my English certification in my CV?

I am writing a CV to get admission of a scholarship to study a PhD program in the US. My IELTS score is quite low, only 6.5/9, just enough to pass the door. However, my reading score is quite high, 8/...
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Are IELTS past tests available for students preparing for the exam?

I want to know a way to find past IELTS questions. If they are available freely? Are there good exams for all modules? (Specially Listening)
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How to deal with Educational Testing Service (ETS) inefficiency and awful post-exam service?

I took the TOEFL test more than three months ago (outside US). Well before my deadlines. But I haven't received the paper scores yet and I shall mail them to the admission committees as an obligatory ...
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Can I submit an unofficial TOEFL score report if the official one won't be received by the university before the deadline?

It's been 8 days since my TOEFL scores were sent to me by ETS and I chose for them to be sent directly to the university I am applying. However, the official score reports won't be sent there before ...
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Do I need to send two official copies of toefl/gre scores to a US school?

I'm applying two programs in different departments in one university simultaneously. One department has a department code and the other has not. Do I need to send two official copies of toefl/gre ...
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Is enquiry on IELTS Results effective? [closed]

Is there any chance to increase my IELTS test score if I inquiry test result. I'm sure that my writing score is quite unfair. However I heard they don't change scores and they only are interested in ...
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Does an admission committee assess Verbal/Analytical Writing scores differently for International applicants?

I have always wondered how admission committees in the US look at the Verbal/Analytical Writing scores for international applicants. English is my third language, although the primary language of ...
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How very high reading/listening but low speaking/writing TOEFL scores are usually judged on graduate admission?

Can you please let me know how following TOEFL scores are usually judged on graduate (mainly master) admission if a) minimum requirement is 100 and b) minimum total requirement is 80 and minimum ...
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Can a student be admitted to masters programme even if his/her English level is lower than the minimum requirements? [duplicate]

Recently, I just won a scholarship from my government for pursuing a master's degree in some Canadian universities. I checked the minimum requirements for the English level and I noticed that almost ...
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How likely is it that PhD application is not reviewed by professors if TOEFL minimum isn't met?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I have a worry about the application. Since I found that my TOEFL score does not meet the minimal requirement set by a school that I am applying to, I am ...
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Is the Cambridge Certificate of English accepted in US?

According to CEF, CAE and CPE are the highest level possible. If I apply to some top US university/college, will they accept a certificate from Cambridge instead of TOEFL?
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Are both GRE and TOEFL a must for a PhD program in the US? Or only TOEFL will suffice?

I have completed my masters in English Literature from India and now want to do my PhD from the US. Should I take both the tests, i.e. TOEFL and GRE? Or only TOEFL will be enough? And if I need to ...
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Should I take the TOEFL exam if I have graduated from a high school in the U.S.? [closed]

I am currently a B.Tech. student in India, and am applying for Master's courses in the U.S. I took the GRE exam a week ago. Does having graduated from high school in the U.S., where English is the ...
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Will sitting for the IELTS Academic module void the validity of my previous General Training module score?

I have already taken the IELTS GT examination and my score has not yet expired. If I take the IELTS academic exam, will my previous score be voided? I need to take both format of exams for different ...
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To which department code should I send my TOEFL score?

I'm thinking about applying for some US physics graduate programs. In the graduate admission procedure about where to send the TOEFL scores, I've often read the sentence "use the institution code ****,...
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Are there US universities that do not need GRE and TOEFL score for admission in PhD in Mathematics?

I have completed my Bachelor's degree (3 years) in Mathematics and pursuing MSc(2 years). Currently I am in final year and expect to obtain MSc degree in next May. I am willing to do my PhD (in ...
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Do admissions care how close a TOEFL score is to the minimum?

I work with some students who will attend graduate school in the US. The schools they are applying for list minimum required TOEFL scores. Some have just reached the minimum scores required for ...
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Are TOEFL requirements waived for foreigners with US bachelors degrees?

I notice that perhaps most US graduate programs require non-native English speakers to get a certain mark on the TOEFL. Is this requirement typically waived for students who completed their bachelors ...
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Why do universities require official confirmation of scores before admission?

Why do American universities want official GRE/TOEFL scores before admission? It seems to be a waste of time and money for prospective applicants. They can easily use the scores claimed by students in ...
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Is it possible for an individual's TOEFL score to decrease between exams?

I heard that if you take TOEFL exam several time your score will never decrease. Is it correct? It seems rational, if TOEFL is a standard test, its difficulty level should be equal in all exams. For ...
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I have sit the TOEFL iBT for several times, Which one can I post: my most recent score or my best score?

I know that it's possible to pass the TOEFL iBT several times. However, it has been one hour since I looked for the answer on the web, but I don't manage to know if all the scores are sent to the ...
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What can I do after giving GRE and TOEFL exams?

I just gave my GRE and TOEFL examination this month. I am willing to apply for MS in Computer Science in the USA for the fall of 2014 course. The problem is that I don't seem to understand how to go ...
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How to prepare for the French language exam as part of PhD program?

I am about to take the French language exam as part of the requirements for the PhD program at my university. The exam will consist of having to translate (with the help of a dictionary) a subset of a ...