Frequently Asked Questions: Testing Requirements--GRE, TOEFL and IELTS
Here you will find the answers to questions we commonly are asked by our applicants about the Graduate School’s policies on taking the GRE, TOEFL and IELTS. Your test scores are an important part of your application. We recommend that you read these FAQs to learn our policies and to learn how to properly send your test scores to GSAS.
- Do I have to take the GRE?
- Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
- When should I take the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS?
- What is the correct institution code number for the GRE or TOEFL?
- How do I send you my IELTS scores?
- I sent my test scores to a different NYU school. Can you obtain them?
- What department code should I provide when I take the GRE or TOEFL?
- May I email or mail my GRE or TOEFL/IELTS test scores to the Graduate School?
- May I send my official test scores to you before I submit my application?
- I already took the test but did not send my scores to GSAS. What do I do?
- For how long are my test scores valid?
- I sent you my test scores with a previous application. Will you have them on file?
- What are your minimum test score requirements? What are the test scores of admitted students?
- I have taken the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS more than one time. What happens with my scores?
- Do you care which version of the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS I take?
- How do I know if you received my test scores?
- Do you accept the LSAT or GMAT test instead of the GRE?
- I am not familiar with the GRE, TOEFL or IELTS tests. How can I learn more?
1. Do I have to take the GRE?Yes, applicants must take the general test of the GRE unless stated otherwise in our department-specific application requirements information. See the Requirements and Deadlines section in our Application Resource Center.
Some programs require the subject test, as well. You will also find program-specific requirements for the subject test on that same web page.
The Graduate School will not waive the GRE requirement based on life experience, educational background, country of residence, employment status, or other factors.
2. Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?The Graduate School requires applicants who are not native English speakers to submit official TOEFL or IELTS score results. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived if your baccalaureate or master’s degree was (or will be) completed at an institution where the language of instruction is English. You do not need to do anything to inform us that you are eligible for the TOEFL/IELTS waiver; we can determine this fact from your application materials.
3. When should I take the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS?To insure that your test scores arrive on time, we recommend you take the tests no later than 4 weeks before the application deadline date. We recognize that this time frame may be earlier than what is suggested by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or IELTS program. However, if you want to be sure that your test scores are compiled with your application by the deadline date, this amount of time should be allowed. We also require that you have your official test scores sent to us directly from ETS or IELTS.
4. What is the correct institution code number for the GRE or TOEFL?2596 is the NYU GSAS school code (New York U Grad Arts Sci). This code is used for both the GRE and TOEFL.
5. How do I send you my IELTS scores?Contact your test center directly and request that your test scores be sent electronically to New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York, NY. An institutional code is not required.
6. I sent my test scores to a different NYU school. Can you obtain them?No, we are not able to obtain test scores if you sent them to any other school or program at NYU (e.g., Courant, Stern, Steinhardt, Tandon School of Engineering, Tisch, Wagner). You will need to ask ETS to send your official test scores to school code 2596, and IELTS to send them to us (see item 5).
7. What department code should I provide when I take the GRE or TOEFL?TOEFL iBT requires you to list a department group code and department code; you should select the code that is most appropriate for your field of study. Do not leave the field blank.
TOEFL PBT requires you to list a department code; you should select the code that is most appropriate for your field of study. You may also use code 99. However, do not use code 00--we will not receive your test scores if you report 00 as the TOEFL department code. Also, do not leave the field blank. If you do, it will become code 00 and we will not receive your test scores.
You do not need to use a special department code for the GRE. (If you choose to report a department code, it does not matter which department code you choose. We will receive your GRE test scores with or without a department code, and regardless of the department you list.)
8. May I email or mail my GRE or TOEFL/IELTS test scores to the Graduate School?No. We require that official test scores be sent to us directly from the GRE, TOEFL or IELTS program. We will not accept any scores sent by email attachment.
9. May I send my official test scores to you before I submit my application?Yes, we will match them to your application after it is submitted.
10. I already took the test but did not send my scores to GSAS. What do I do?If you did not request that your test scores be sent to GSAS when you took the test, you can do so at a later date. For the GRE, go to their web site at http://www.ets.org/gre. On the home page you will see a link for test takers that states, "My GRE Account." The TOEFL web site is http://www.ets.org/toefl. You should go into the link called “My TOEFL iBT account.” When you are in each account, you may order additional score reports for the appropriate test. For IELTS, see item 5 above.
11. For how long are my test scores valid?
If you are applying for admission for the spring, summer or fall 2017 semesters, then we will accept test scores as follows:
-- GRE: we accept GRE tests taken on or after October 15, 2011
-- TOEFL: we accept TOEFL tests taken on or after October 15, 2014
-- IELTS: the program will only send scores taken within 2 years of your date of request.
If you took the test(s) earlier than those dates, the Graduate School requires that you take the test(s) again at the present time.
12. I sent you my test scores with a previous application. Will you have them on file?If you sent official test scores to GSAS school code 2596 (and, in the case of TOEFL, to a department code other than 00), we will keep them on file according to the policy we state in item 11 describing how long test scores remain valid. We will add them to your current application, after it is submitted.
13. What are your minimum test score requirements? What are the test scores of admitted students?Many factors influence the admission decision and the Graduate School does not set minimum test score standards for the GRE. Also, we do not answer questions regarding what GRE test scores you should achieve in order to apply for admission, or about the average test scores of our applicants or admitted students.
For the TOEFL, the Graduate School recommends that the applicant achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based test. For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.
The Graduate School does not prohibit applicants with lower scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admission decision. Some departments or programs in the Graduate School may set a higher TOEFL/IELTS standard for admission.
14. I have taken the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS more than one time. What happens with my scores?If you take the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS more than one time and send the official test scores to GSAS, we will forward all of your test scores to the department. Departments usually look at all of the test scores they receive on your behalf. Admission committees may use the most recent test score, the highest test score, or some combination of the scores. This is at their discretion; there is no standard policy set by the Graduate School.
15. Do you care which version of the GRE or TOEFL/IELTS I take?The Graduate School accepts both versions of the GRE--computer and paper. We accept both versions of the TOEFL--internet and paper. Official test scores are delivered faster if you take the computer or internet tests. IELTS test takers should take the academic version.
16. How do I know if you received my test scores?If you have not yet submitted your application, we are not able to tell you if we have received test scores on your behalf.
When you submit your application, you will see your Application Checklist. The Application Checklist shows you the status of various parts of your application. Immediately after you submit the application, your Application Checklist will show that we do not have your test scores. This is normal. Your test score record will be updated in the following way:
-- If you had the testing agency send scores to the Graduate School before you submitted your application, then it will take about seven (7) working days for your test scores to display in your Application Checklist. We are not able to tell you the status of your test scores until they display in the checklist.
-- If you have not yet arranged to have official test scores sent to the Graduate School, you should do so immediately so that we can match them to your application. The Graduate School will have your scores within seven (7) working days from the date you make your request. Once scores are sent to us from the testing agency, your Application Checklist will be updated within two (2) working days to show that we have received them.
If you have already submitted your application and two weeks have passed since you arranged to have official test scores sent to the Graduate School (three weeks for IELTS), and you still do not see the scores reflected in the Application Checklist, then please follow the instructions in your application acknowledgement email. Your application acknowledgement email is the one you received with your University ID number.
17. Do you accept the LSAT or the GMAT instead of the GRE?No, the Graduate School will not accept the LSAT.
The master’s programs in Data Science and in the Department of Psychology will accept the GMAT in place of the general GRE. You must ask the GMAT Program to send your official test scores to GSAS using school code 5TF-5G-76. [Important note: The GMAT is NOT accepted by the Ph.D. programs in the Department of Psychology. The general GRE is required.]
The dual-degree M.S./M.B.A. programs in Biology / Business and in Mathematics in Finance / General Management (with the Stern School of Business) will accept the GMAT in place of the general GRE. You must ask the GMAT Program to send your official test scores to GSAS using school code 5TF-5G-76 (you must also separately send GMAT scores to Stern, using their GMAT school code). [Important note: The GMAT is NOT accepted by other master’s programs in Biology, nor by the master's or advanced certificate programs in Mathematics in Finance. The general GRE is required.]
The Graduate School will not accept the GMAT for any other program of study. The general GRE is required.