Graduate School Test Score Submission


Overview

If you are applying to the Graduate School, you may be required to submit test scores to be considered for admission (depending on the department). Furthermore, if your native language is not English, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements and may be required to submit TOEFL/IELTS test scores.

Test scores should be sent no later than three weeks prior to your respective application deadline to ensure receipt of your official score report. The Graduate School will only accept official score reports sent from a test administrator and there is no place in your application that will allow you to self-report required test scores.

Detailed instructions for the score report process are listed below and frequently asked questions can be found on the Graduate School’s website. If you still have questions regarding the submission of your test scores, please contact the Graduate School via the Test Score Inquiries form.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Application Requirement

You may be required to submit valid GRE General Test scores from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Refer to Princeton’s GRE table to determine if the GRE General Test is required, optional/not required, or not accepted, and if a subject test is required.

The computer-delivered GRE General Test is offered year-round while the paper-based test (PBT) is only offered in February, October, and November. If applicable, the subject test should be taken by October. The subject test is only offered in September, October, and April.

Submitting Your Scores

Princeton’s institution code is 2672, no department code is required. Graduate Admission receives all score reports with this code regardless of whether you select a department code or not. Note that it can take up to two weeks for Graduate Admission to receive your official score report from ETS, plus an additional seven days for your scores to match to your submitted application. Please monitor your submitted application checklist to confirm your scores have been received.

Scores received after the deadline will still be matched to your application; however, faculty may have already begun their review of your application without your test scores. Scores should be received by the application deadline for full consideration. Your application may be considered incomplete without your required test scores. The Graduate School does not have a minimum score requirement but departments may set their own. Please check with the department to which you intend to apply.

If the name entered on your test report is different than the name on your application, your test scores may not match to your application. Additionally, if you only have one name, please enter it in the last name field of the application and a period (.) in the first name field. If there is a name discrepancy or if you believe you are experiencing problems due to differing names, please contact the Graduate School via the Test Score Inquiries form.

For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 609-771-7670 or 866-473-4373, complete their contact form, or email them directly.

Score Validity and Expiration

GRE scores are valid for five years. For questions about the validity of GRE scores, please contact ETS. If ETS can send valid scores, Princeton will accept them. The University will not accept expired, self-reported, copies of, or partial test scores. If you choose to respond to only one section of the test per sitting, you are testing under different circumstances than those who took all three sections of the test on one test date.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

If you are applying to Princeton’s Department of Finance, you may submit valid GMAT scores in place of GRE scores. GMAT scores are valid for five years and Princeton does not have a minimum score requirement.

When registering to take the GMAT, please request that your scores are sent to Princeton University. Graduate Admission will update your submitted application checklist when your scores are received.

The GMAT is offered on a monthly basis. It can take up to two weeks for Graduate Admission to receive your official score report from the test administrator, plus an additional seven days for your scores to match to your submitted application. Please monitor your submitted application checklist to confirm that your scores have been received.

If you have questions about the validity of your GMAT scores, please contact GMAT. If GMAT can send valid scores, Princeton will accept them. However, Graduate Admission will not accept expired, self-reported, partial, or copies of test scores.

English Language Tests

1. Overview

All Princeton graduate students must demonstrate a sufficient level of oral proficiency in the English language to participate successfully in all of the various activities that comprise a graduate education, including classwork, research, research presentations, group meetings, project teamwork, and the teaching of undergraduates. If you meet any of the below criteria, valid English language proficiency test scores are required.

The two internationally-recognized English language proficiency tests accepted by Princeton are Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The only exemption for this requirement is if your native language is not English but you have or will have studied for a minimum of three years towards a bachelor's degree or a Ph.D. in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada before enrollment.

Even if you have received a bachelor's degree in a country that lists English as an official language (such as India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Nigeria, or Singapore), you are not exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

There is no place in your application for you to self-report required test scores as Princeton only accepts the official score reports sent from your test administrator. If you are still not sure if you need English language proficiency test, please view review this diagram and/or Princeton’s English language proficiency policy.

2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). Applicants who take the test in a country which does not offer the iBT TOEFL should take the TOEFL paper-delivered test. Due to the nature of the graduate admission process, the Graduate School has not set a recommended minimum score for the iBT TOEFL. However, each department may set its own recommendations. Please check with the department to which you are applying. Additionally, Princeton is not currently accepting MyBest scores; however, the University does consider the highest score from each section.

If you are offered admission and accept our offer and if you score below a 27 on the speaking sub-section of the TOEFL iBT, you will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton. If you do not pass this test, you will be enrolled in English Language Program classes concurrently with the degree program.

The ETS institution code for Princeton University is 2672. Department codes are not used at Princeton; if the test requires you to select a code, choose one closest to your desired field. All score reports with the institution code 2672 will be received by Graduate Admission regardless of whether or not you select a department code. Allow several weeks for test scores to reach us. Graduate Admission will update your submitted application checklist with your test date when your scores are received.

If the name you entered on the test report is different than the name on your application, your test scores may not match. If you only have one name, please enter it in the last name field and a period (.) in the first name field. If there is a name discrepancy, or if you believe you are experiencing problems due to differing names, please contact the Graduate School via the Test Score Inquiries form.

TOEFL scores expire two years after the original test date. ETS will not send expired test scores. Please contact ETS if there are questions about the validity of your TOEFL scores. The University will not accept expired, self-reported, partial, or copies of test scores.

For more information contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 609-771-7100 or 877-863-3456, or via the web.

3. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

IELTS is administered jointly by the British Council, IDP Education Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). The Graduate School accepts the IELTS Academic test and has not set a recommended minimum score for the IELTS. However, each department may set its own recommendation. Please check with the department to which you are applying.

If you are offered admission and accept our offer, and if you score below an 8.0 on the speaking subsection of the IELTS, you will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton. If you do not pass this test, you will be enrolled in English Language Program classes concurrently with the degree program.

Please send you IELTS scores electronically through e-delivery (no institution code is required). The address, for identification purpose only, is One Clio Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544. Please do not have tests mailed to the Graduate School. Furthermore, note that Princeton does not verify Test Report Forms (TRF’s).

IELTS scores expire two years after the original test date. For questions about the validity of the IELTS scores, please contact the test administrator.

If the name you entered on the test report is different than the name on your application, your test scores may not match. If you only have one name, please enter it in the last name field and a period (.) in the first name field. If there is a name discrepancy, or if you believe you are experiencing problems due to differing names, please contact the Graduate School via the Test Score Inquiries form.