Primary emphasis in the admissions process is placed on evaluating candidates within the context of their national academic system. The admissions office is familiar with evaluating credentials from many different educational systems, such as the GCSE and GCE A-levels, the French Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate, and the Abitur, among others.
Although we ask applicants to complete standardized tests for a U.S. secondary system, these tests are interpreted in the context of one's international background. Similarly, the admissions office is aware of the varying levels of extracurricular opportunities available for many international students.
Regarding extreme weather events and recent test cancellations: This fall, many communities are struggling to recover after extreme weather events. We also know many students abroad are feeling anxious about test cancellations in their area. Tufts will work with you and your family to ensure that we have all the materials we need to render an admissions decision. We continue to require standardized test scores, but due to these extenuating circumstances we will be flexible with some of our requirements for students in affected areas. We can also be flexible with the deadlines and will work with you and your school counselor as appropriate. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if: You were unable to take subject tests because of a cancellation in your area; you were unable to retest because of a cancellation and would like us to know that you were planning to retest but were unable to do so; power outages or other extenuating circumstances related to recent events are making it impossible for you to submit your application by our deadlines.
English Language Testing
English language testing is required for students for whom English is not the primary language and not the language of instruction in their secondary school. Students with at least three years of study in a secondary school where the primary language is English do not need to submit English language testing, though they may if they would like. Tufts accepts the following English language tests, with the corresponding recommended minimum scores:
|Test||Recommended Minimum Score|
|TOEFL (Internet -based)||100|
The Tufts code for TOEFL submission is 3901.
Please note that there is no code for students to submit IELTS scores. Please either contact your test center and have the scores directly sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, or ask your school counselor to send a verified copy to email@example.com.
In addition, students have the option to submit results from the Duolingo English Test (DET). Duolingo provides students the opportunity to assess their English language ability through an adaptive exam and mock interview using an iOS or Android mobile device or Google Chrome web browser. Please note that the DET can be sent alongside the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE, but may not replace one of these tests.