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How to waive the IELTS/TOEFL requirement for masters in the USA?

Updated: Mar 30, 2023



English is a language that is used frequently in most universities, even in non-English speaking countries. However a testing prerequisite allows International students to verify their mastery in reading, writing, and speaking in the language. Because of this most of the English medium universities expect students, particularly the ones immigrating for their degrees, to submit their IELTS/TOEFL scores along with their application. But hold on! Do you know you can escape from this burden? Yes! There are universities across the world, which have such a scheme where these English proficiency tests can be waived in specific conditions.


So if you wish to request a waiver on the English language provision, you will be required to fulfil certain conditions. Below mentioned are some of the conditions. Note that they may vary from university to university.


  • If you already belong to a country where English is a native language.

  • Even if you are a non-native English speaker, you can still ask for a waiver keeping in mind that you have completed your undergraduate degree in the USA itself or even in any country. where the course which you pursued was taught in English. Also, some universities approve. waivers for students who have finished a part of their degree in a native English-speaking nation and have obtained a minimum required GPA.

  • If you have had a full-time job for a significant duration( for instance over 2 years) in a native- English speaking country.


If you are a non-native English speaker and you have a solid reason to request a waiver, for example- official education was in English medium, all official documentation is in English, and all documentation can be credibly approved


Depending upon the above-mentioned conditions, you may be instructed to specify the particulars. In such cases, the admission panel will most probably assess the validity of the waiver proposal on a case by case factor. Since these decisions are not a cakewalk and take time, the majority of the universities recommend their students to apply for the waiver quite early.


Sending the Request for an IELTS/TOEFL waiver is the next thing you do after meeting the required conditions. Well, most universities offer a typical university designated template for sending in such waiver proposals. However, universities like MIT especially cite not to contact Graduate Admissions officials with waiver requests. Instead, they urge students to check the department-specific provisions and instructions for attaining a waiver, if accessible. Nevertheless, if it is not specifically indicated, you might be expected to send in a waiver plea letter for further communication.


In addition, we must tell you that plenty of universities in the USA offer bridge programs in which students can study the English language for 12-15 months. The notion behind offering these bridge programs is simply to generate the proficiency skills required in imparting instructions as well as 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 for. You can go through their official website and check the requirements.


Reach out to our counsellors (+91-8826492435) to get guidance at every step of your crucial journey. Check out our website for more: https://www.hellostudy.org/


We wish you all the best in your study abroad endeavours.




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