Test Scores

IMPORTANT: Applicants should request all official test scores be reported directly to the University of Delaware.

  • ETS University of Delaware institution code – 5811
  • No University of Delaware department code is needed.

UPDATE – As testing centers have closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Delaware will temporarily accept the following virtual test scores:

GRE Test Scores

The most important thing to know about the GRE at the University of Delaware is that it is an admission requirement set by the graduate programs themselves. If you would like to know whether your particular program of interest requires a GRE and/or what scores they consider acceptable for consideration, please check the program’s website.

GRE test scores are valid for five years.

GRE Resources

Free GRE preparation materials are available through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website alongside official GRE preparation courses that are available for testing.


University of Delaware's Division of Professional & Continuing Studies offers test prep courses and strategy sessions that provide students with the tools they need to excel on entry exams.

University of Delaware GRE PREP

For Applicants: Review the GMAT® article on sending your score or request for official test scores online at mba.com. GRE and GMAT test scores are valid for five years from the test date until the date your application is received. Waiver of these tests can only be made by a request from the faculty admission committee to the central graduate admissions office at the time of acceptance.

For Graduate Programs: The Next Generation GMAT contains a new section called Integrated Reasoning (IR). Only the IR component has a “new” reference scale, so no new concordance table will be needed for the other components.

GMAT test scores are valid for five years.

GMAT Resources

University of Delaware Professional and Continuing Studies offers test prep courses and strategy sessions that are intensive programs that provide students with the tools they need to excel.


UPDATE – The University of Delaware Graduate College will accept the virtual ‘TOEFL at Home’ exam plus the adaptive ‘TOEFL Essentials’ test from ETS and the ‘IELTS Indicator’ from the British Council. Use the TOEFL Essentials link for the test.

In addition, a third english proficiency test, iTEP Academic-Plus, with access to the country of China, has been approved by UD during this time. Applicants must check with any individual UD graduate program to see if they will accept iTEP Academic scores by emailing: gradadmissions@udel.edu

All foreign national applicants for graduate study at the University of Delaware are expected to have or gain English proficiency prior to enrolling in graduate coursework. Listed below are the ways to demonstrate English proficiency via your application.


  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the standard University requirement to show proof of English language proficiency. The University of Delaware sets the following minimum scores:
    • TOEFL IBT:
      • Minimum score 79 (100 for some programs)
      • Minimum Speaking score of 18
    • TOEFL paper-based:
      • Minimum score of 550 (600 for some programs) PBT
      • Minimum score of 61 (82 for some programs) PDT 
      • Separate evaluation for Speaking Proficiency required
  • Applicants must score 100 or higher on the TOEFL or the equivalent on the IELTS to be considered as a Teaching Assistant.

  • Many programs require a TOEFL ibt score of 100. To find out if your graduate program of interest has this as it’s TOEFL minimum please check the department’s webpage.

  • To find out if your graduate program of interest has a higher minimum score, please contact that department directly.

  • A waiver of proof of English Proficiency is allowed when:
    • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree has been or will be earned from a university recognized the ministry of education in a country where English is the primary language. Our list of approved countries includes Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cameroon, Canada (except the province of Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, The United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree has been or will be earned from a college or university located in the United States and accredited by a regional accrediting association.


Some graduate programs will accept IELTS (Academic version) in place of the TOEFL. Please check with your department of interest.

  • The minimum TOEFL ibt is 79 and this is equal to an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 overall with no individual Speaking sub-score below 6.0.
  • If your graduate department of interest requires a TOEFL ibt of 100, then this is equal to an IELTS score of 7.0 overall.
  • Other questions about TOEFL/IELTS equivalencies can be answered here.
  • The same policies listed above for the TOEFL are relevant for IELTS.
  • IELTS scores can be sent electronically or by hard copy to:

    University of Delaware Office of Graduate Admissions
    234 Hullihen Hall
    Newark DE, 19716

    Please do not mail scores to individual departments.

Conditional Admission based on achieving English Proficiency (ELI-CAP)

Some graduate programs will consider an applicant who is otherwise admissible except for English proficiency. Please click here to see if your program of interest will consider you. (Please note: Some programs expect to see required GRE or GMAT scores prior to consideration, while others will wait to see if you achieve acceptable scores).

Note: English proficiency scores are valid for two years. Official scores are only marked as received when received directly from the testing service. The ETS University of Delaware code is 5811.