TOEFL or IELTS
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required* for all applicants whose native language is not English.
*An automatic waiver of TOEFL or IELTS will be given to graduate applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Undergraduate applicants may be eligible for a waiver of TOEFL or IELTS if they have been educated for a minimum of three years at an institution whose language of instruction is English. Transfer applicants must also have completed all General Education Area A courses (English Composition, Critical Thinking, and Public Speaking) with a ‘B’ or higher grade. General Education Area A courses that are currently in progress will not be taken into consideration for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver request.
To request a waiver of TOEFL or IELTS, submit a formal letter documenting the reasons you feel a waiver is justified, along with official transcripts to:
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Waiver requests will be treated as an appeal and will be reviewed on an individual basis. Those requesting a waiver can expect to learn the final decision by way of a formal letter sent to their mailing address within three weeks of receipt of the waiver request. Waivers will not be granted without submission of official transcripts.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) must be taken within the last 2 years with:
- a minimum score of 550 (paper version)
- or a minimum internet-based score of 80
*Cal Poly will not accept paper-based scores for test dates after November 2017
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be taken within 2 years with:
- a minimum score of 6.5 for undergraduate applicants
- a minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission to a graduate program. However, individual programs may require higher scores; applicants are advised to review program-specific requirements.
Cal Poly's institution code is 4038.
This requirement does not apply if your country of citizenship is listed below as the requirement is waived for the following countries:
British Virgin Islands
|Canada (except Quebec)
Trinidad & Tobago