Can I go to the USA without IELTS?

Asked by Humesh over 2 years ago

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Ajay Tewani

Ajay Tewani

Investment Analyst at IFC - World Bank Group | IIM Ahmedabad | CA | CFA Level III

Hey Humesh, how’s everything going?

Yes, of course, you can go to the USA without an IELTS score. IELTS is just an English proficiency test that determines your ability to read, write and understand English. There are various universities in the USA which accept the score of TOEFL as well for English proficiency. 

There are various other things also that are required for studying in the USA like your academic score, your entrance test score, etc., all depending upon the course that you wish to study in the USA.

Why don’t you tell me more about the course that you wish to pursue? I’ll then be able to give you the list of universities that do not require an IELTS score for that course. 

 


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Yash Mothia

Yash Mothia

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So, you're wondering if you can head to the USA for studies without taking the IELTS, right? Well, let me share a bit of insight from my exprience and what I've seen over the years.

First off, yes, it's possible, but it really depends on the school and program you're aiming for. Some universities in the USA do offer flexibility and might accept alternatives to IELTS or even waive the requirement if you can prove your proficiency in English through other means. Here's a quick rundown:

Alternative Tests: Many schools accept TOEFL as an alternative. There are also other tests like the Duolingo English Test that some find more convenient.

Exemptions: If you've studied in an English-speaking country or in an institution where English was the medium of instruction, some universities might let you skip the IELTS. It's always worth asking!

Pre-sessional English Courses: A few universities might offer you a spot contingent on completing an English course at their institution before starting your main program.

From my experience, it's all about showing the university that you can handle coursework in English.

So, keep your options open and don't hesitate to reach out to admissions offices for clarity. They're there to help, after all!

 


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