English Proficiency Scores

All international applicants must submit acceptable official TOEFL or IELTS scores reported directly from the testing service (ETS.org for TOEFL and www.ielts.org for IELTS). At this time, we accept no other English language proficiency tests. For scores to be considered for admission, we recommend that you plan to take any required exams no less than 60 days prior to the application deadline. 

Standardized test scores must be official and are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. Exam results more than two years old cannot be considered.

When you register for the TOEFL test, please choose Georgia Institute of Technology (institute code 5248) as a score recipient. If you did not specify Georgia Institute of Technology as a score recipient at the time of taking the test, you must promptly ask ETS to send your scores to us.  If you are taking the IELTS please search on "Georgia Institute of Technology" then choose "Graduate" to have your scores sent to Georgia Tech.  If you did not specify Georgia Institute of Technology as a score recipient when you took the IELTS you must promptly ask IELTS to send your scores to us.

The required minimum total score on the exams are:

  • The internet-based TOEFL exam = 90, with minimum section scores of 19 or higher on each skill area
  • The paper-based TOEFL exam = 577
  • IELTS exam - Overall score minimum of 7; with minimum section scores for reading 6.5, listening 6.5, speaking 6.5 and writing 5.5

Some programs have their own minimal score requirements which are higher than those stated above, in which case these higher standards will be required. Exceptions to the English standardized exams may be available for the three categories listed below:

  1. Applicants that are citizens of countries where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction, such as: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Wales.
  2. Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States. You must upload an unofficial transcript from that institution within the online admissions application. If you are offered admission, the official transcript must be received, or the TOEFL/IELTS exam scores will be required to enroll.
  3. Applicants who have attended a regionally accredited university in the United States for at least one academic year. You must provide transcripts showing that you have taken classes for at least one academic year (two semesters or three quarters), or the official TOEFL/IELTS scores must be received before you enroll.

Applicants in the first category will automatically receive the exception. Waivers of the English standardized exam under categories two or three are not automatically granted. You may be required to submit additional documentation before a determination can be made.