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Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
edited January 2008 in College Admissions
Do only international students take the TOEFL? The Boston U supplement says you need to take it if English is not your first language and it's not mine... I didn't take it because I didn't think I needed to. Was I supposed to take it?
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  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    If you have done sufficiently well on SATs and ACTs I believe you don't need to
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    How good is sufficient? I got at least a 600 on each SAT test, even the Subject Tests. And I got a 25 on the ACT, which is horrible. =/
  • thesmithsthesmiths Registered User Posts: 578 Member
    I think it's intended for Internationals.
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    It wasn't clear, so I was just making sure. ^_^''
    If English is not your first language, or if English is not the primary language spoken in your home, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    This is what is says under both the Freshman and International application...
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    I think you'll be alright... I'm in the same situation as you
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    I'm just freaking out. Are you also applying to Boston U? It's just because it's the 31st. xD But I never once noticed that little part down at the bottom... I must have read over it. =/
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    Don't worry... send them an e-mail and ask - if it turns out you do need to take it (which I HIGHLY doubt... 600s on SAT CR/Writing are good scores and shows that you know English), they might let you work something out to send it in a little later or something...

    Also, how long have you been in the US???
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    Oh, I was born in the USA. xD But that requirement shows up on both the Freshman and International application... I've spoken English since the third grade.
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    Now, I can say with 99.9999999999999999999999% certainty that you will not need the TOEFL. If you have been educated in an English speaking school in the US for at least a few years, you will be fine.
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    What about the .01 percentage? xD I feel at ease, but I e-mailed anyway. They're out until the 2nd, though, so I won't get a reply yet. It's just that English is my second language and Spanish is mainly spoken at home...
  • aisgzdavinciaisgzdavinci Registered User Posts: 1,997 Senior Member
    I really don't think the adcoms are gonna go through the hassle of figuring out that Spanish is mainly spoken at home.
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    It asks you if English is your first language and if English is the main language spoken at home. If you say no, then it says to take the TOEFL.
  • AdunakhorAdunakhor Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I think the only US born people who take the TOEFL are those who almost immediately after being born moved away to some foreign country where English was not spoken and then came back to the US just recently or something and started learning English for the first time. If you were born in the US and have been here for several years, or your whole life, then I think for all intensive purposes, English is your first language, though it could be one of several first languages if you were raised in a household where some other language was primarily spoken, like Chinese in the cases of so many kids.
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