TOEFL/ELTS Requirements

English Requirements

Any applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application.

Minimum TOEFL & IELTS Scores

A TOEFL score of at least 560 on the paper and pencil test or 220 on the computer based test is the minimum required for applicants to graduate programs at UCLA; some majors may require higher scores as noted in Departmental Information.

For the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT), the following are minimum passing scores for each section and the minimum total passing score:

  • Writing: 25
  • Speaking: 24
  • Reading: 21
  • Listening: 17
  • Total minimum passing score: 87

An IELTS overall band score of at least 7.0 is the minimum required.
Applications are not considered complete without the test scores.
TOEFL scores should be sent to your major department, be sure to list the TOEFL institution code for UCLA 4837.
IELTS scores should be sent to your major department and the Graduate Division.
Please note that TOEFL scores are considered valid for only two years, and that if several scores are submitted, only the most recent is considered.