English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL)

Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Each applicant whose native language is not English is required to demonstrate English proficiency by achieving a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.  See the TOEFL Requirements chart for specific requirements by department.  Official scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to OUHSC by using institution code 6902. 


1.  Who should take the TOEFL?
  • The TOEFL is required for all persons born outside of the U.S. and includes naturalized U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants.
2.  Who is exempt from taking the TOEFL?
  • Applicants born abroad to parents with U.S. native citizenship are exempt from the English Proficiency requirement.  A copy of the U.S. birth certificate.
3.  How can I satisfy the English proficiency requirement
  •  The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center only accepts TOEFL to meet the English proficiency requirement.  IELTS cannot be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL examination. 
  • The TOEFL examination must have been completed within two years from the date of application. 
  • The institutional TOEFL examination completed through the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus is acceptable.  To learn about registration and to see a list of exam dates visit http://cidl.ou.edu/ or call (405) 325-1208.  Exams administered through institutions other than the University of Oklahoma will not be accepted. 
  • The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has high standards for English proficiency, therefore it does not waive the TOEFL requirement for transferring students with completion of twenty-four semester hours of coursework from the U.S. 
  • An application is not complete until the University receives official scores from ETS, or the formal approval of a waiver request.

 

To register for an examination, visit www.ets.org/toefl, or contact:

            Educational Testing Services (ETS)

            PO Box 6151

            Princeton, NJ  08541-6151

            1-800-468-6335 (1-800-GO-TOEFL)

           

To order an official score report, visit www.ets.org/toefl, or contact:

            Educational Testing Services (ETS)

            PO Box 6151

            Princeton, NJ  08541-6151

            1-877-863-3546



Request for TOEFL Waiver

Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement, but have compelling evidence of having English proficiency, including supporting documentation, may request a waiver.  Decisions will be determined by the major college and are not guaranteed.  Allow 1-2 weeks for decision notification.

Mail, fax, or scan TOEFL Waiver Request Form to:

            OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records

            Attn: Admission Officer

            PO Box 26901, BSEB-200

            Oklahoma City, OK  73126

            Admissions@ouhsc.edu

            FAX: 405-271-2480