English Test Requirements

Students Taking Exam

All applicants for post-baccalaureate and graduate study, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. To demonstrate your English language ability, you should submit an accepted and official English score assessment report to the Division of Graduate Studies. If you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a country whose native language is English, the English language testing requirement will be waived.

Test Accepted

Minimum Score Accepted


How to submit the scores



Home Edition

550 Total score on the PBT paper-based test

80 Overall score on the iBT internet-based test 


SF STATE TOEFL ETS institution code: 4683


IELTS Indicator

Overall band score of 6.5


Send to:

International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132

PTE Academic 

Academic overall score of 59


Select San Francisco State University as an official test score recipient from the PTE database of institutions and programs that recognize the PTE.


Graduate Minimum: 120


Select San Francisco State University – Graduate Studies 


* Some graduate programs do not accept the IELTS, PTE Academic test, or DUOLINGO in place of the TOEFL test. We recommend that you review your intended program's website for additional admission criteria.

The Division of Graduate Studies does not offer conditional admission to students who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement. For students who do not meet the English language requirement at this time, we recommend you enroll in the American Language Institute (ALI) right here on campus and apply to graduate study when you do meet the English language requirement. Visit the American Language Institute (ALI) website for more information.