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Test of English as a Foreign Language:
(TOEFL) scores or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores

International applicants whose first language is not English must certify their proficiency in English, as part of the application process. Such applicants must arrange to have scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test forwarded to the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department, as part of their application. You are not required to take both tests.

ucla-fig14The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Applications may be obtained from ETS, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, or consult the TOEFL website.

Arrange to have the Educational Testing Service forward the scores to the Electrical Engineering Department. The TOEFL codes for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Electrical Engineering Department are:

Institution Code = 4837
Department Code = 66

This information must be listed in order for your scores to be routed to our department.

IELTS tests are administered at accredited Test Centres throughout the world - there are currently more than 300 Centres, in over 120 countries. Go to the IELTS website to find the nearest Center to you.

Upon your request, IELTS scores will be sent to both the Electrical Engineering Department and the UCLA Graduate Division.

The results of these tests help applicants determine whether they are prepared to undertake graduate study conducted in English before making extensive plans for graduate study in the U.S. A TOEFL score of at least 560 on the paper and pencil test, or 220 on the computer based test, or 87 on the internet-based test (or iBT), is the minimum required for applicants to graduate programs at UCLA; some majors may require higher scores as noted. An IELTS overall band score of at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

Applications are not considered complete without the test scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS tests.

International applicants who hold a bachelor's or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is the spoken language and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempted from both the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the ESLPE (a required test after being admitted; see the ESLPE webpage for details).

If you are planning on applying for a position as a Teaching Assistant, be aware that there is an additional examination (either a TSE (Test of Spoken English) or a TOP (Test of Oral Proficiency).  See the page on the TSE/TOP tests for details.

Note: for more detailed information, see the UCLA Graduate Division website.


English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE)

This mandatory test is not part of the application process; however, you need to be aware that all admitted international applicants are required, upon arrival at UCLA, to take the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination before being permitted to register.

You must take the ESLPE regardless of your score obtained on the TOEFL or IELTS test, or any other English proficiency test (e.g., the Test of Spoken English or the Test of Oral Proficiency for prospective Teaching Assistants).

Depending on the results of the ESLPE, you may be required to complete English as a Second Language courses beginning in your first term at UCLA. Admission is canceled for those who do not pass the ESLPE.

Note: If you hold a bachelor's or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is the spoken language and the medium of instruction, or if you have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, you are exempted from both the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

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