Admissions: Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of ALL applicants unless noted below.  Enter your GRE scores on the online application.  Unofficial test reports should be uploaded into the online application for the review process.  If you no longer have your official test report from ETS, you can log into your ETS account and take a screen shot of your scores to upload. Tests taken after an application has been submitted will need to be sent to the Graduate School as an email attachment, so that they may be added to your online application. Official scores will ONLY be required prior to orientation if an offer of admission has been made and accepted by the student.  All official GRE scores will need to be received directly from the Educational Testing Service.

  • Master of Arts in Bioethics Applicants – The GRE requirement of the Graduate School may be waived upon demonstration of significant relevant professional experience (including advanced degrees), letters of recommendation and statement of interest in the degree program.  Please click here for additional information.
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Science, Pre-Medical Postbac specialization – The Graduate School will accept either the GRE or MCAT admission test for admission to the Pre-Medical Post-baccalaureate specialization of the Master of Science in Biomedical Science, but students who enter the program with a GRE score will have the opportunity to take the MCAT following completion of the MCAT preparation provided during the program.
  • Master of Arts in Counseling – Human Services Applicants – Applicants may request a GRE waiver from the requirement of the Graduate School upon demonstration of an advanced degree from an accredited university.

Though the WFU Graduate School does not have a minimum test score for the GRE, in order to be competitive a combined score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections should be approximately 1100 for tests taken prior to August 2011, and 300-302 (50th percentile) for tests taken after August 1, 2011.

The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000. Usually these examinations are taken in the fall of the applicant’s undergraduate senior year. Information is available on the web at

International Language Requirements (TOEFL / IELTS)

International students who did not graduate from colleges or universities within the U.S. and whose native language is not English must submit EITHER the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The minimum total score on the TOEFL is 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79-80 (internet-based). The minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5.

Copies of unofficial TOEFL or IELTS test reports may be attached to the online application and used for the review process.  If your student report is not available, please self-report your test scores (by category) on the online application. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be required prior to orientation if an offer of admission has been made and accepted by the student.  All official test scores will need to be received directly from the Educational Testing Services (TOEFL) or IELTS.

  • A score comparison chart for the TOEFL’s three testing methods (internet-based, computer-based, and paper-based) is attached. The on-line application will only allow applicants to enter internet based test scores. Please use the attached chart to find internet score equivalents if you took the paper based or computer based test.
  • The TOEFL bulletin of information and registration form can be obtained at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Service, United States educational commissions and foundations abroad, and at bi-national centers. Students unable to obtain a bulletin from one of the above should write to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, P.O. Box 6155, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6155, USA or contact the website, Administrations of TOEFL are coordinated with the GRE and are available in most countries. Correspondence should be initiated at least three months before the testing date.
  • IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The IELTS is available at 270 test centers worldwide. To obtain information regarding this test and the centers, please visit

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

This test is required for all persons applying to the MD/PhD program, or may be used to replace the GRE test requirement for an applicant who has obtained a medical degree (M.D.) from an accredited college or university in the United States and applying to a program of study on the Bowman Gray campus (biomedical sciences).

The MCAT may also replace the GRE test for applicants to the master’s program in Biomedical Science who have indicated the Pre-Medical Postbac specialization. All applications to the Pre-Medical Postbac specialization will be reviewed holistically, but competitive applications will have an MCAT of 23 or higher for tests taken prior to April 2015; and minimum total scores of 40% or higher for tests taken since April 2015. Applicants with an MCAT older than 3 years will be expected to repeat the MCAT if applying to medical school.

The MCAT is administered by the Educational Testing Service (


These examinations (USMLE; ECFMG) may be used to replace the GRE requirement for an international applicant as long as all three of the following conditions are met:

  • applicant to the Clinical and Population Translational Science (CPTS) master’s program;
  • applicant holds a medical degree from a foreign university;
  • is a current full-time employee of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (faculty, medical intern, research fellow).

Please use the appropriate code below when requesting score reports from the Educational Testing Services (ETS):


Campus / Program






Bowman Gray Campus



Bowman Gray Campus



Reynolda Campus



Bowman Gray Campus



All other test reports should be mailed directly to the appropriate Graduate School office:

Bowman Gray Campus
Dean of the Graduate School
Wake Forest University
Biomedical Sciences
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1001

Reynolda Campus
Dean of the Graduate School
Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Room 124, Reynolda Hall
PO Box 7487 Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7487

PhD/MBA – The School of Business accepts the GRE and does not require the GMAT.  Application to the MBA portion of the dual degree occurs separately after gaining admission to the home graduate program, and after securing appropriate approval from the home program for participation in the joint program. See the School of Business, for complete information on admission requirements.

MD/PhD – the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required, but not the GRE. The MD/PhD program is a combined effort of the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Wake Forest University.

Bioethics Joint Degrees (JD/MA in Bioethics, MD/MA in Bioethics, or MDiv/MA in Bioethics) – refer to the Bioethics website ( for information about test requirements.