The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required of all applicants (including U.S. citizens) who received their undergraduate degree at a university or college in a country where English is not the official language.

For graduate admission, UC Berkeley requires a minimum TOEFL score of 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 90/120 on the internet-based test (iBT). Your MOST RECENT score must meet this minimum. Applicants whose most recent score fails to meet the minimum will not be admitted because there are no exceptions to this minimum requirement. Accepted TOEFL Test scores must be dated after June 2016.

For more information about TOEFL requirements, please see "Evidence of English Language Proficiency" on the Graduate Division Admission Requirements Web page.

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable. The minimum acceptable score is 7 on a 9-point scale on your most recent exam. The oldest acceptable score is June 2016. More information about IELTS can be found on the IELTS website.
  • Also, please keep in mind that ETS sends us test scores (GRE and TOEFL) twice a month electronically, so even if you've received them, it does not mean that we have. Because this is the case, it's a good idea to take the tests as early as possible in advance.

The institution code for Berkeley is 4833. There is no Department code for the TOEFL. For Fall 2018 admission, tests taken before June 1, 2016 will not be accepted (even if your score was reported to Berkeley). The deadline to submit your score is Friday, December 1, 2017.

Exception to Required TOEFL Examination

If at the time of application you have already completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a U.S. university, you do not need to take the TOEFL. Instead, you must submit an official transcript showing at least two semesters of COMPLETED coursework from the U.S. university. The following courses will NOT fulfill this requirement:

  • Courses in English as a Second Language
  • Courses conducted in a language other than English
  • Courses that will be completed after you apply
  • Courses taken through distance learning or via the Web
  • Courses of a nonacademic nature.