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My native language is English but I was raised in a different country, how do I prove my native language?

Is there any certificate that I could get to prove that I'm a native speaker? That is exactly what the TOEFL and IELTS people give you after you take the test. (keep in mind most native speakers ...
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How do universities verify your native language?

Actually, there are no universal requirements for waiving testing. For instance, at MIT, you establish eligibility for a language waiver by attending primary and secondary schools that have English as ...
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My native language is English but I was raised in a different country, how do I prove my native language?

The simplest course is just to take one of those exams, though, yes, there is some expense of time and money. Colleges/universities do not want to spend time on customized treatments. What's their ...
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Would having two words in my surname in my passport be a problem for US colleges/GRE/TOEFL?

I am Latino, and as a result have an even worse version of this issue. My full name is of the form A B C D E, with A and B being given names, and C D and E being surnames. An extra complication is ...
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My native language is English but I was raised in a different country, how do I prove my native language?

At my institution (CUNY in New York, USA), the criteria for identifying "native language" (and hence exemption from TOEFL testing requirements) is basically that you hold a high school ...
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I submitted the correct essay in an exam, but I did not remove my draft outline at the beginning of the essay. Is it going be a problem?

Probably not. But there is really only one person that knows for sure: the professor in question. So, as Mark Meckes already mentioned in the comments, send them a message, explain that you forgot to ...
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Are there US universities that do not need GRE and TOEFL score for admission in PhD in Mathematics?

The truth of the matter is that while you may find many schools that do not require the GRE, virtually every US school is going to require either the TOEFL or a similar test such as the IELTS. The ...
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Would creating an online flash card deck for GRE study help overcome a weak TOEFL score?

This may not be a direct answer to the question, but I think the fact that the question is asked reflects some basic misunderstanding of TOEFL and GRE. I want to point out the TOEFL and GRE are two ...
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Would creating an online flash card deck for GRE study help overcome a weak TOEFL score?

English competency is not a field in which you can earn "extra credit." While it is possible that a graduate program may be moderately impressed by your enthusiastic creation of study materials (but ...
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Would creating an online flash card deck for GRE study help overcome a weak TOEFL score?

Whether a department will read your file if the scores are low depends on the department. My department generally would, but others do not. While your work to help other students studying for the ...
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Perfect TOEFL reading/writing/listening scores but low speaking score due to stutter. How will this affect PhD admissions?

As in a comment by @GoodDeeds: in my U.S. R1 large state univ, my math dept has a cut-off of 23 for the spoken part of the TOEFL (=test of English as a foreign language), regardless of the rest of the ...
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My native language is English but I was raised in a different country, how do I prove my native language?

I would guess that the easiest way is just to take the test and provide your scores when asked. The advantage is that it is the expected and "normal" thing for those applying from a country ...
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Do international students need to take the SAT and TOEFL to study in the US?

No, you don't need to take the SAT. The SAT is for students going into undergrad. Instead, you'll probably need to take the GRE, which is a similar exam for students going into grad school. Yes, ...
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My native language is English but I was raised in a different country, how do I prove my native language?

Requirements vary by jurisdiction and school, but they are usually abundantly clear. For example, see the requirements to obtain a UK Student Visa, in which you must have an approved SELT ...
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Is the Cambridge Certificate of English accepted in US?

You should read the minimum requirements of the program at the university to which you are applying. Some universities only accept TOEFL, some other only accept IELTS, some universities accept both of ...
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Are both GRE and TOEFL a must for a PhD program in the US? Or only TOEFL will suffice?

The TOEFL and the GRE are quite different. The 'point' -- in as much as standardized tests have one -- of the TOEFL is to figure out if you have sufficient mastery of English to study (and potentially ...
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Should I take the TOEFL exam if I have graduated from a high school in the U.S.?

Every school words the requirements, if any, for the TOEFL a little differently. For example, Harvard GSAS: Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold the equivalent ...
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Would creating an online flash card deck for GRE study help overcome a weak TOEFL score?

While I believe you're hoping the answer to your question is "no, the scores won't matter," I believe that the real answer is otherwise. In many cases, minimum TOEFL scores are required by ...
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Do I have to sit again for TOEFL?

TOEFL is only good for 2 years, your current 106 has already expired in 2017 September. When you apply, ask the admission office what are the criteria for a TOEFL waiver. Ask if a 106 in 2015 (not a ...
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Do I need to sit for TOEFL or SAT?

As Nate Eldredge already mentions in a comment, there will be a statement somewhere on the application page that specifies who needs to provide language scores as part of their application and who ...
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Is there an English Proficiency Test with lifetime validity?

If you obtain a degree from a country where English is the official language, then nobody will ask you for English proficiency tests in later applications. This is especially the case if you are ...
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Are there US universities that do not need GRE and TOEFL score for admission in PhD in Mathematics?

I think you should change your strategy for choosing a doctoral program. That is, determine which programs would provide you with the best training for the work you want to do. It might (probably ...
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Do admissions care how close a TOEFL score is to the minimum?

Almost 20 years ago, I was in charge of graduate admissions for my department, and TOEFL scores were among my biggest headaches. They just didn't provide the information I really needed: Can the ...
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Would creating an online flash card deck for GRE study help overcome a weak TOEFL score?

This differs between departments, so there's no way to predict what will happen without information about your specific case. In my department, it would be nearly impossible to get admitted with a ...
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In the GRE, why are we allowed to use calculators and not dictionaries?

The GRE is ran by ETS, so only they will be able to answer your question about why they don't allow dictionaries. Your same logic starts to question the entire point of these tests. Using Google is ...
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Are both GRE and TOEFL a must for a PhD program in the US? Or only TOEFL will suffice?

There is no general rule here. The only solution is to look up the requirements of each program you are interested in applying to. Some schools may require both, others the TOEFL but not the GRE, or ...
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Are IELTS past tests available for students preparing for the exam?

You may use the books available in which some preparation exams (sample tests and past tests) are published and you can study those exams and sample tests. Some of these books and preparation ...
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Is EF-SET English Certificate accepted?

The EF-SET English certificate is a test you take online without any supervision. From the EF-SET FAQ: If the test is available to the public online, how is it secured from cheating? Because it is ...
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Should I give partly score of my English certification in my CV?

For US grad school applications, one normally doesn't put test scores on a CV. They will be requested on a different part of the application form, and you will also have to send a score report ...
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