Can we wave off the English proficiency test for MS in the USA?

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Vanshika Yadav

Vanshika Yadav

MentR-Me Team

Even in non-English speaking nations, English is a language that is widely used in colleges. International students can demonstrate their proficiency in English through a testing requirement. Because of this, most English-medium colleges require applicants to submit their IELTS/TOEFL results along with their applications, especially if they want to immigrate to pursue their degrees. There are colleges worldwide with a programme where specific requirements can be met to waive these English proficiency tests.

You must meet several requirements to request a waiver of the English language requirement. The requirements are listed below in some detail. Keep in mind that they could change from university to university.

  • If you already reside in a nation where English is widely spoken. You can request a waiver even if you don't speak English well, but bear this in mind, you obtained your undergraduate degree abroad, or even in the United States, where English was your course's instruction language.
  • Additionally, several universities accept exemptions for students who completed a portion of their degree in a country where the primary language is English and have attained the necessary GPA.
  • If you have worked full-time in a native country over an extended period (over two years, for example), in a nation that speaks English.

You might be asked to provide the specifics depending on the circumstances above. In these situations, the admission panel will likely evaluate the viability of the waiver proposal based on various factors. Most institutions advise their students to apply for the waiver as early as possible because these determinations are not quick and require time.

After fulfilling the prerequisites, the next step is to send the Request for an IELTS/TOEFL Waiver. Well, most colleges provide a standard template that is intended for the submission of such waiver requests. However, you could be required to submit a waiver plea letter for additional communication if it is not clearly stated.

In addition, we must tell you that many universities in the USA offer bridge programs where students can study the English language for 12-15 months. The notion behind offering these bridge programs is to generate the proficiency skills required in imparting instructions and vigorously contributing to their coursework.

Now that you have the basic information about how to waive IELTS/TOEFL scores, you can go on to do your research about the university you are planning to apply. You can go through their official website and check the requirements. 


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