We accept the following English-language tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Do you need to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE?

If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university that provided instruction entirely in English, then you are exempt from taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

However, if your college or university taught some classes in a language other than English, you must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. This applies even if your specific program was taught in English.

Your citizenship and/or work experience do not exempt you from taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

If you are uncertain whether an English-language test is required, you may wish to take it as it may strengthen your candidacy. 

Score Requirement

Test Minimum Score
TOEFL 100 for the internet-based test (iBT*)
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall band score
PTE (Academic) 68 overall score
* We ask that you take the iBT, which includes the “speaking” section. If it is necessary for you to take the revised paper-delivered test, which is scored from 0-30 on each of three sections, we generally require a minimum total score of 75. We will accept paper-based tests with a minimum score of 600 only on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information before applying.

Score Validity

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for two years and must be taken before submitting your application. The scores must be valid on the deadline date of the round in which you apply.

If you are applying in … You must have taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE on or after …
Round 1 (12 Sep 2019) 12 Sep 2017
Round 2 (09 Jan 2020) 09 Jan 2018
Round 3 (08 Apr 2020) 08 Apr 2018

Score Reporting

Self-report your scores on the application form. These are the scores we will consider in our initial evaluation of your application. You must enter your official or unofficial scores before submitting your application.

Test How to Self Report
TOEFL Instruct the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your official scores directly to “Stanford University” (school code 4704). Specifying a department will delay the processing of your test scores.
IELTS Report your scores directly to the Stanford MBA Program.
PTE (Academic) Report your scores directly to the Stanford MBA Program.

If your official or unofficial test scores are not available by the deadline date of the round in which you apply, or if you do not take the test prior to submitting your application, your application will be reviewed as is. Please do not contact the MBA Admissions Office to confirm if official test scores have been received. If test scores have not been received, the MBA Admissions Office will notify you.

Multiple Test Scores

We do not average test scores. If you have taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE more than once, report only the scores from one examination that you wish us to consider while reviewing your application. The scores you report must be from the same testing session.

Last Updated 17 Mar 2020