Standardized Test Scores

My GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS score(s) will expire soon. How do I know if the scores are still valid?
GRE scores expire in five years. TOEFL and IELTS scores expire in two years. Expired test scores will not be accepted.  If you are still not sure please contact the testing service directly.

Who is required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic? 
Applicants who earned their undergraduate degree in a country in which English is not the official and spoken language must take either the TOEFL,  IELTS, or PTE Academic test. Only one test is required.

An exception is made for applicants who have earned or will complete a Master's degree in the United States before enrollment, in this case the applicant is not required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores for admission.

Current Columbia Engineering graduate students enrolled in a degree program who are applying again to another degree program do not have to submit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic scores.

What is the minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score required?
There are no minimum test score requirements to apply for admission consideration.  However, admitted students that were required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test for admission are encouraged and may be advised to deal with verbal and/or written English proficiency needs by utilizing the resources available for them through Columbia University’s American Language Program. It may be necessary to improve your English proficiency if you scored:

  • 599 or lower on the TOEFL paper-based test; or
  • 99 or lower on the TOEFL internet-based test; or
  • 6.5 or lower on the IELTS
  • 68 or lower on the PTE Academic

What is the minimum GRE score?
There are no minimum test score requirements to apply for admission.
The average GRE scores for past entering classes, in recent years, rank 64% or above for the verbal and writing sections, and above 82% for the quantitative section. Therefore, it is recommended that your scores be comparable.  You can check the percentiles provided along with your scores from ETS to find your ranking and compare.

Do I need to take a GRE subject test?
If you are a doctoral applicant (MS leading to PhD, PhD, Eng.Sc.D.) applying to the Applied Physics program you are required to submit the official GRE Physics test score.

If you are a doctoral applicant to the Computer Science program you must submit the GRE Computer Science test score. The Mathematics or Physics Subject exams are acceptable alternatives if the student's major field of undergraduate study was not computer science.

I am not required to submit the GRE subject test to apply, but can I submit GRE subject test scores anyway to enhance my chances for admission?
We do not recommend that you submit the GRE Subject Test, or any other material, unless it is specifically required for the application. Submitting extra materials will not enhance your chances for admission.

I have taken the GMAT, can I use this test in place of the GRE?
Unfortunately, the GMAT may not replace the GRE test requirement

Applicants applying to graduate programs within the departments of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research or the Data Science Institute are encouraged to submit their GMAT scores along with the GRE if they have taken the test.

I have entered my scores in the “test scores” section. Do I still need to get an official score report sent to Columbia University?
Yes. Although copies or self-reported scores can be used for review purposes, admission may not be granted without official test scores.

Send official scores from ETS to our institutional code 2111.

For IELTS scores enter your TRF number on the application and provide the test center with the school name and address:

Office of Graduate Student Affairs
Columbia University
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
500 West 120th Steet, Rm. 530 Mudd, MC 4708
New York, NY 10027

I am applying for another Master's degree. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in another country, but I have a Master’s degree that was completed in the U.S..  Do I still need to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test?
No, you are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test. 

I am required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test, according to the policy at this school, but I am very fluent in the English language, and/or I have resided in the US for many years, and/or I can prove my English language ability in some other way. Do I still need to take the test? 
Unfortunately, no exceptions will be made for reasons outside of the policy. 

I am a current Columbia Engineering graduate student. I took the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE, when I first applied and it is now expired. I want to apply to another program or degree do I need to take the test again?
No. Current Columbia Engineering graduate students are not required to submit the test.

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