English Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking ONE of following tests.

We recommend the TOEFL or IELTS be taken by January 15. Late test scores MUST be received by March 1.


International students whose native language is not English must document proficiency in the English language by submitting either an IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.

  • Students taking the IELTS must obtain a score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 6.5 to be considered for admission to Virginia Tech.
  • Students taking the PTE must obtain a score of at least 53.
  • Depending on the type of TOEFL used, Virginia Tech expects students to have scores of:
    • Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16
    • Computer-based test: at least 233
    • Paper-based test: at least 550

If a student does not have the required TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score, but meets other admission requirements, the student is encouraged to enroll in Virginia Tech’s Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI) program until he/she reaches the required score. Once the score is achieved, the student is offered admission as a regular degree-seeking student.

To have your IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score automatically sent to Virginia Tech, please specify Virginia Tech’s CEEB code (5859) on the test form. We recommend the English language proficiency tests be taken by January 15 and scores must be received on or before March 1.

TOEFL Waiver: Students that have completed 6 credit hours of transferrable English will receive a TOEFL waiver. Classes must be equivalent to our Freshmen English courses: ENGL 1105 & ENG 1106. Transfer equivalencies can be found here: http://www.tranguide.registrar.vt.edu/

Interviews (optional)

Students at Virginia Tech are expected to have the language skills necessary for successful participation in our community. In light of such, we recommend that international applicants participate in an interview conducted by InitialView as part of their application. InitialView will conduct and record an interview with you and provide it and a writing sample directly to us for our review. InitialView does not rate or grade the interview/writing sample. Evaluation is done by our admission office.

You may learn more about InitialView at www.initialview.com. Please arrange to have your interview completed as early as possible. The deadline for completing the interview is February 15, 2017.

We strongly encourage Chinese applicants to participate in an interview with our partner organization in China. Please contact InitialView to schedule your evaluation.