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Office of Graduate Studies

Applicants With Foreign Documents


Language Testing Requirement

Students that earned a degree from an Institution located in a nation where English is not the official Language must take TOEFL or IELTS or PTE. (www.toefl.org or http://www.ielts.org or www.pearsonpte.com)

  1. TOEFL: paper based test (pbt)
    Graduate, Second Baccalaureate score of 550**
  2. TOEFL: computer-based version (cbt)
    Graduate, Second Baccalaureate score of 213**
  3. TOEFL: internet based (iBt)
    Graduate, Second Baccalaureate score of 80**
  4. IELTS (The International English Language Testing System)
    Graduate, Second Baccalaureate score of 7.0**
  5. PTE (Pearson's Test of English Academic)
    Graduate, Second Baccalaureate score of 65**

**PLEASE NOTE: Some graduate departments have different language test requirements and may require a higher score. For example, English and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) only accept TOEFL and require a score of 600/250/100. You must contact the Department for score requirements.

Note: California State University Sacramento interprets “where English was the principal language of instruction” to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the native language (the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents is English), and that the students receive academic instruction in all subjects (except foreign language courses) at all levels of education in English.

The institution code required when requesting score reports from ETS is 4671.

No decision will be made on your application for admission until your official report on the TOEFL exam or IELTS is received. Test scores must be received by the final application filing deadline date for your program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Graduate students should contact the graduate department to determine if GRE or GMAT is required. For example: the College of Business does require the GMAT test.