Admissions: Required Tests

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, please be sure to visit the ETS website to learn about testing delays and postponements.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Please view the Special Requirements page to see if the GRE is required by the program you are applying to.  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 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.

Though the WFU Graduate School does not have a minimum test score for the GRE, we look for a combined score of 300-302 (50th percentile) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and 4.0 or greater in the Analytical Writing section, achieving less does not disqualify you from further consideration.

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 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

NOTE: Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the Graduate School has approved the following tests for students applying for admission in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021:

TOEFL Special Home Edition – 79 or higher
TOEFL ITP Plus for China – 627 or higher

Additional information can be viewed at: – Special Home Edition and Testing in Mainland China


Please use the appropriate code below when requesting score reports.

From the Educational Testing Services (ETS):


Campus / Program



Reynolda Campus



Reynolda Campus



From the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

IELTS (E-Delivery):  Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences