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TESTING

ARE GRE SCORES REQUIRED FOR FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION?

Yes. A GRE or GMAT score is required for Fellowship consideration and admission to most graduate programs with some exceptions. Please confirm whether your program requires a GRE or GMAT score at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Specific GRE/GMAT section percentiles are required for consideration for many Fellowships (http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/graduate-school-fellowships-for-first-year-graduate-students.html).

You will be considered for a Fellowship by your graduate program and the Graduate School if your application is complete, you are a strong candidate, and you fit the Fellowship criteria outlined on the Graduate School website.

GRE/GMAT Scores are not required for students pursuing a tagged degree in Art; Dance; Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design; Music and Theatre performance.




TESTING

ARE OFFICIAL TEST SCORES REQUIRED FOR FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS?

Yes. To receive consideration for University Fellowships, applicants are required to have the testing agency report their scores directly to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592). Photocopies of TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, GRE or GMAT scores are not considered official, and do not fulfill the requirement.

The only exceptions to this policy are for those applying to the MFA in Dance, Art or Theatre, the Master of Music (performance), Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design, and Doctor of Music.




TESTING

CAN I DEFER TAKING THE TOEFL?

For the majority of students, The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. If your TOEFL score might (or will) arrive after a published application deadline, you should discuss this matter with your program. See http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp for contact information. Conditional Admission pending receipt of an acceptable toefl, is an option for applicants whose program deems it to be appropriate.




TESTING

CAN THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE WAIVE MY GRE OR GMAT SCORE REQUIREMENT?

No. The Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions cannot waive a GRE or GMAT test score requirement. When a graduate program has listed the GRE or GMAT as an admissions requirement, applicants are required to take the test. You may contact the Graduate Studies Committee Chairperson to discuss whether your application could be considered without the test scores.

Note: If you have below a "B" average on all undergraduate university level work, then a GRE or GMAT score is required and cannot be waived under any circumstances. This is a Graduate School requirement.




TESTING

CAN YOU FORWARD A COPY OF MY TOEFL OR GRE SCORE REPORT TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION?

It is our policy not to forward copies of score reports to other institutions. We also do not accept such scores sent from another institution.

Official scores are reported to Ohio State in electronic format. A score report is considered official only if it is sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Additional score reports can be ordered by contacting ETS.

Please be aware that TOEFL and IELTS test scores are only valid for two years, and may not be re-ordered after they expire. GRE and GMAT scores may be re-ordered for 5 years.




TESTING

DO I HAVE TO TAKE AN ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST?

Most international students are required to take a written English composition placement test when they arrive at The Ohio State University. You may be exempt from this requirement if you:

1) Were previously enrolled in an academic program at Ohio State University.

2) Are a citizen of the following countries or regions: Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom (English, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), The Commonwealth Caribbean, and the United States

3) Score 650 or higher on Paper-based TOEFL(PBT)or score 610 or higher, and a 5.0 on the writing section.

4) Score a 114 on the Internet-based TOEFL(IBT) or 101 or higher and a 28 on the writing section.

5) Score 95 on the MELAB test, or 90 or higher and 90 writing subscore

6) Score 9.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score)
Score 8.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score) and 8.0 Academic Writing module




TESTING

HOW DO I KNOW IF I MUST TAKE THE GRE OR GMAT TEST?

To determine if the GRE or GMAT test scores are required, contact your graduate program. Graduate requirements, deadlines, and contact information may be found at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

Applicants are required to submit GRE or GMAT scores if their undergraduate GPA is below the minimum 3.0/4.0; or, if they hold a degree from an unaccredited college or university. In this case, the Graduate School requires a GRE or GMAT score even if the graduate program does not, and the requirement may not be waived.




TESTING

MAY I BE CONDITIONALLY ADMITTED BEFORE RECEIVING AN ACCEPTABLE SCORE ON THE TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS TESTS?

Yes, if you meet the requirements. Conditional admission is initiated by the Graduate program to which you apply. On the recommendation of the Graduate School, Ohio State is implementing a graduate conditional admission policy for international applicants whose English language proficiency is marginally below the university’s required levels; i.e., below TOEFL 79-80 iBT, or 550 PBT.

Such conditional admission is premised on the applicant’s successful completion of Ohio State’s American Language Program (ALP).

The purpose of this policy is to facilitate the admission of academically qualified, degree-seeking international graduate students that have not yet met Ohio State’s English proficiency requirement but are otherwise qualified and are being considered for admission by an Ohio State graduate program.

At their discretion, graduate programs can decide if they wish to pursue students in this category. Graduate programs are expected to be selective when pursuing students whose English language proficiency falls within this category; that is, within the 61-79 iBT or 500-550 PBT range.

Graduate programs will need to petition the Graduate School to conditionally admit a student based on English language proficiency in the same manner as with petitions for other conditional admission. Further, conditional admission can only be granted by the Graduate School if Ohio State’s ALP program has confirmed that ALP can accommodate the student.

The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, working with the American Language Program, will facilitate jointly the processing of conditional admission. The terms of this conditional admission require that the student will :

• study full-time in Ohio State’s American Language Program for a period of one semester
• complete the ALP satisfactorily;
• demonstrate proficiency on the basis of TOEFL or an alternative standardized test.
• Further, the student cannot enroll in any other Ohio State course while studying in Ohio State’s American Language Program.

Following attainment of the required proficiency certification, the student will then enroll in the admitting degree program not later than the second semester after starting in ALP.

For those conditionally-admitted applicants who do not fulfill their language proficiency requirement during the specified period, the conditional admission is revoked. Such students may choose to continue studying at ALP or elsewhere and reapply for regular admission at a later time.





TESTING

MY "DEPARTMENT CODE" IS NOT LISTED ON THE ETS WEBSITE WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please use code 1592 for The Ohio State University. Do not send scores directly to the graduate program office. If you do, they will not be attached to your applicant record.




TESTING

MY ENTIRE EDUCATION WAS IN ENGLISH. MUST I TAKE THE TOEFL TEST?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and The United States. US Green Card holders are exempt from taking the test if they have held the Green Card at least one year prior to their term of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are also exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you have your degree completed at the time you apply for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your term of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, the English proficiency test is required.




TESTING

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM GRE OR GMAT SCORE REQUIRED BY THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

The Ohio State University Graduate School does not specify minimum scores on the GRE or GMAT. However, the graduate program to which you are applying may have a minimum test score requirement. Contact information for all graduate programs may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp




TESTING

WHAT IS THE TOEFL/ENGLISH REQUIREMENT OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

Success at The Ohio State University depends upon the student's ability to converse in, write, and understand English. To assure such competence, the University normally requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit recent, official scores of:
  • at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 79 on the Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • at least 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB),
  • 7 on the International English Language Testing System(IELTS)exam.
The test must have been taken within the last two years. Your intended graduate program may require a higher score.

Applicants who have been educated primarily in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL or MELAB requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States.

Permanent residents, Asylees, and Refugees are exempt from taking the test if they have held the status at least one year prior to matriculating.







TESTING

WHEN I SEND MY ETS TEST SCORES TO OHIO STATE, DO I NEED TO SELECT A DEPARTMENT CODE AS WELL AS AN INSTITUTION CODE?

No. Selecting only institution code 1592 ensures that the scores for GRE and TOEFL are received centrally, quickly, and are available to any graduate program to which you apply.




TESTING

WILL THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ACCEPT AN INSTITUTIONAL TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS TEST THAT I TOOK AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY?

No. We do not accept score reports of institutional tests from other institutions.




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