UW Graduate School

English Proficiency Tests

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper-based Test

The paper-based (TOEFL) test measures English language proficiency in the following areas:

Test Section Score Range
Listening Comprehension 31 to 68
Structure/Written Expression 31 to 68
Reading Comprehension 31 to 67
Total Score 310 to 677

Internet-based Test

The internet-based (iBT) test measures English language proficiency in the following areas:

Test Section Score Range
Listening 0 to 30
Reading 0 to 30
Speaking 0 to 30
Writing 0 to 30
Total Score 0 to 120

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) provides a profile of a candidate’s ability to use English.  Candidates receive scores on a Band Scale from 1 to 9.

Note: The Graduate School no longer accepts IELTS scores, unless the test was taken before June 1, 2017. If you took an IELTS test before June 1, 2017, then please check the websites of individual graduate programs to confirm if they will accept your IELTS score (many UW graduate programs do not accept IELTS scores).