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Exempt from TOEFL

MrDiazMrDiaz 165 replies51 threads Junior Member
Hi guys I am currently a Korean senior international student in Singapore and I am a bit confused by the TOEFL testing requirement for US colleges. I am looking to apply this November to NYU (ED round) and I am a bit confused by their English proficiency requirement. I have lived in Singapore for almost 10 years now and for all classes, I have been taught in English and I think Singapore is also an exempted country along with other English speaking countries like New Zealand and etc. Can anyone help me out please? Thanks!
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  • airway1airway1 877 replies11 threads Member
    You still need the toefl. My son international lives in the US and was required to do the toefl based on his visa status
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    edited May 2019
    There is no standard among US colleges regarding TOEFL requirements. You will need to look at each and every college's requirements on their website and, if the site is unclear, call/email for clarification.

    In the case of NYU, it appears that you would be exempt:
    Exemption will be given in the following circumstances:

    • If your native language is English;
    • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full year at the time of your application; or
    • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.
    https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/high-school-programs/precollege/apply/international-students.html

    Few colleges will give an automatic exemption for Singapore (or Canada for that matter) since there are official languages other than English. The general (but not universal) benchmarkt for exemption is that English would need to be the principal language of secondary school.
    edited May 2019
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