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TOEFL and IELTS guidelines

Attention international applicants:

Although most international applicants choose to take the TOEFL, some choose to take the IELTS to satisfy the Ohio State University Graduate School’s requirements for English proficiency at time of application. Either TOEFL or IELTS are perfectly acceptable when applying to the Fisher MAcc program. If you plan to submit TOEFL scores for your application, we recommend at least 100 overall and at least 24 on the speaking subsection to be minimally competitive. For those of you that plan to take the IELTS exam in lieu of the TOEFL, an overall band score of 7.0 and 7.0 on the speak section of the IELTS is what we recommend to be minimally competitive.


Mini FAQ on English proficiency requirements for international students

If you are an international applicant, English proficiency is critical. English proficiency is critical not only for classroom interactions but also when you are involved in the recruiting/interviewing process. Below are common Qs we receive on English proficiency for international applicants:

Do you accept the IELTS?

The Ohio State University accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and MELAB. For your scores to be valid, they must be no older than two years at the time of your application.

I scored XXX on the TOEFL or I scored X.X on the IELTS. Can I gain admission to your program?

First, we do not make admission decisions based on a single criterion. EVERYthing in your application is reviewed as part of an admission decision. Second, see a previous blog post on recommended scores on the TOEFL or IELTS to be minimally competitive on this criterion.

My entire instruction at the undergraduate level was in English. Do I need to submit English test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB)?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test, such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and the United States. US Green Card holders (“permanent residents”) are exempt from taking an English proficiency test if they have held permanent residency status for at least one year prior to their quarter of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you must have your degree completed from one of the exempt countries at the time you are applying for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your quarter of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, you must take the English proficiency test.

May I be conditionally admitted before receiving an acceptable score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB tests?

No. The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. Those applicants required to submit TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores must do so before they will be reviewed for an admission decision and can be officially admitted.

I hope this information helps. If you have any questions, please let us know!


Note to international applicants: Do NOT wait until the last minute for these two items!

We see a couple of things each year that seem to delay international applicants’ applications from becoming “complete.” It is important to ensure your application is complete as soon as possible – only complete applications are reviewed for admissions decisions.

COURSE-BY-COURSE EVALUATION

The MAcc program requires an external course by course evaluation of your transcripts from an approved evaluator if you earned grades at a university outside of the United States. (The Fisher MAcc program currently accepts course by course evaluations from WES and/or ECE.) Although this requirement is listed in the application and on the program’s website, a significant number of applicants seem to miss this required item each year. If your application requires this evaluation, your application is not complete until we receive the required course by course evaluation from WES or ECE. Because the transcripts evaluation process can take up to eight weeks, we recommend you start completing this process now.

TOEFL/IELTS

We receive inquiries from international applicants who are concerned about their TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Fisher MAcc program prefers the following:

  • An overall score of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and
  • A score of at least 24 on the individual TOEFL sections **or**
  • A band score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS.

The MAcc admissions committee will still consider your application if you score below these minimum recommendations. However, the committee will review the TOEFL or IELTS scores when determining your abilities in English. Strong English skills are critical to success in our program, not only in the classroom but also with employment recruiting. Therefore, if your scores are well below our suggested minimums, it would be to your advantage to retake the exam.

One more thing: Be sure your name, as listed on your TOEFL and/or IELTS score reports matches exactly your name as listed on the application. If your name does not match exactly on the TOEFL/IELTS and your application, the chances of your application being significantly delayed are increased greatly.

If you have any questions, please let us know by leaving a comment.


Here’s your checklist for applying

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Master of Accounting program, please refer to the checklist of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

We do not pre-evaluate candidates/potential applicants. It’s not uncommon for us to receive the following question (or something like it): “My GMAT is XXX. My TOEFL is XXX. My GPA is XXX. What are my chances of being admitted?” The only way you can find out whether you will be admitted is to apply. If you wish to review statistics on the current class (e.g. GMAT average, etc.), click here. The MAcc admissions committee reviews *everything* in an application to assess admissibility for each applicant. There is no single item that will cause someone to be admitted or be denied admission – everything is reviewed.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT

It is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GMAT. Just be sure you take the GMAT by the end of December 2010 to meet most “early” deadlines.

Transcripts

We need two official transcripts from each and every university you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need two official transcripts from that community college. Be sure to send them to the correct address:

MACC ADMISSIONS
Fisher College of Business
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1144

You are NOT required to submit transcripts for any grades you earned at Ohio State University.

Note that if you earned a degree from outside the United States, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation by an approved evaluator. Currently, the Fisher MAcc program accepts course-by-course evaluations from either WES or ECE.

TOEFL

I plan on writing another blog post on issues involving the TOEFL but if you are required to submit the TOEFL as part of a complete application, be sure you use the correct institution code for Ohio State University (1592) and that you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. The TOEFL is regularly the one item that seems to take forever to get to us – if you need to submit the TOEFL, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator (ETS) sends us your official TOEFL scores.

References

Your references can be sent to us electronically or via paper. (Additional instructions are in the application on the difference between the two formats.) Note that we will receive your references sooner if you choose electronic. Just be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your references!

Essays

Give yourself enough time to write essays that really reflect you. Do not write generic, plain vanilla essays. Answer the questions that are posed to you in this application. Do not recycle essay responses you are using for any other applications.

We will be posting additional tips for each of the items referenced above throughout the next few months so keep an eye on this blog for updates.

If you have any questions, please let us know!