It is essential that students from other countries be able to understand directions and lectures in English and also to be able to express their thoughts clearly in spoken English immediately upon arrival on campus. In order that the applicant’s proficiency in English may be determined, the applicant must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)** as administered by the Educational Testing Service at the nearest overseas examination center.
Minimum TOEFL Scores
A minimum TOEFL score of 100 IBT/600 paper/250 computer is required for admission to all graduate programs.
If you have a score between 79 and 99 IBT, you may be admitted into a Master of Arts program while taking required English courses. If so, you will have to show an extra $3,000 per year for English courses on the Affidavit of Support.
If you have a TOEFL score below 79 IBT, you may be admitted but will be considered an English Language program student.
International Students English Skills Requirements
International students and those for whom English is a second language who are applying to Talbot graduate programs (not doctoral) will fall into one of two categories with respect to English Skills Requirements:
Those who score above 600 paper/250 computer/100 internet on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam.
Those who do not take the TOEFL prior to admission, or whose TOEFL score is at or below 600 paper/250 computer/100 internet, are required to take the Biola English Placement Exam (BEPE) prior to registration for classes. The BEPE results will determine whether enrollment in appropriate ESL course work will be required. Talbot master’s level coursework may or may not be allowed during the time a student is taking ESL coursework, depending on the level of placement.