Carnegie Mellon University

Tests for Non-native Speakers of English

To be successful at Carnegie Mellon, graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English need to begin their academic careers with a strong foundation in academic English and a high level of proficiency with speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English.

For this reason, the department requires minimum scores of:

  • TOEFL: total 84 with a speaking score of at least 18 (minimum), or total of 100 with a speaking score of 22 (preferred).
  • IELTS: band score of 7 with a speaking score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL iBT scores and IELTS scores should be not more than two years old. The department accepts TOEFL MyBest  Scores.

Previous academic work in the US (or other English speaking countries) is not a sufficient reason to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement as this does not necessarily indicate a sufficient level of English mastery.

A telephone interview may be required in addition to assess spoken English profiency in more detail for both for a U.S. visa and for placement into appropriate initial course assignments as teaching assistants.

Our Institution and Department codes:

  • Institution code is 2074
  • Dept. code is 62