English Language Requirements: TOEFL

Before being admitted to Cal State Fullerton, all applicants whose native language is other than English are required to:
1. Present scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS).
2. Or, have completed a required level of schooling in good academic standing from an internationally accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction.

Cal State Fullerton's overall language requirements are noted below. However, please refer to the specific requirements for the degree that you are interested in as they may vary by college.

Freshmen:
Requires a TOEFL score of at least 500, paper test; 173, computer test; 61 Internet-based test (iBT). An acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. In addition, they must have completed coursework equivalent to a U. S. high school curriculum.

Transfer:
Requires a TOEFL score of at least 500, paper test; 173, computer test; 61 Internet-based test (iBT). An acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. Students must also be in good academic standing at an internationally accredited college or university. Students with less than 2 full years of college work completed must also have records of high school completion.

Graduate:
Requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test; 213 on the computer; 80 Internet-based test (iBT) but many departments require a higher score. A minimally acceptable score on IELTS is a 7.0. Students must have earned a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Contact departments for additional requirements.

Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirement may enroll in the American Language Program. ALP provides English instruction to prepare students for the university degree programs. Advanced students may take one or more university courses for credit through the Conditional Admission program. Please visit our website: http://alp.fullerton.edu or email alp@fullerton.edu for more information.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is used primarily by universities to help determine an applicant's ability to function in an academic setting in English. More than 6,000 institutions and agencies in 110 countries rely on TOEFL scores to select students with the English skills needed to succeed. For more information on the test go to: www.ets.org and click on TOEFL.

The American Language Program (ALP) at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) offers the Institutional TOEFL exam to its students as an assessment measure within the ALP, as preparation for the Internet based TOEFL, and as a proficiency measure to be shown to a potential employer or university advisor. The results of the test are applicable only at this university.


English for International Opportunity (IELTS)
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking–for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.

Since 1989, IELTS has been proven worldwide to provide a secure customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English. Over 3800 educational institutions, government agencies and professional organizations across 120 countries around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.

For more information see the IELTS web site: www.ielts.org/



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