Proof of English Proficiency
All applicants applying to TAU International English-speaking programs who are from non-English speaking countries or are non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants can do so in one if the following ways:
- By submitting test scores for IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge exams. The English proficiency tests scores must show that the applicant is at the B2 level on the CEFR:
IELTS: 6.5, all test components need to be in the B2 range
TOEFL: 550 paper* / 79 internet**
*No section below 52
**No section below 17
Cambridge FCE/ Cambridge English: Advance (CAE)/ Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): pass (A, B or C)
- By submitting an official letter written by an English language expert from a recognized academic institution testifying that the applicant is at the B2 level or higher on the CEFR.
Attention international students - Duolingo english test option available:
In response to the closure of testing centers due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, Tel Aviv University has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test on a temporary basis until September 2020. This test may serve as a replacement for the TOEFL and IELTS proficiency exams. Duolingo English tests taken only between January and September 2020, will be accepted for Summer and Fall 2020 admissions. A minimum score of 105 is required.
The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera, and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are sent to Tel Aviv University International when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
For more information, please click here: Duolingo English Test
Either of the above can be uploaded in the TAU Student Portal once an application is opened. There is no need to email these documents separately.
Please note that applicants who have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in a degree in an English-speaking program (undergraduate or graduate) at a recognized academic institution in a non English-speaking country will not be required to submit English proficiency test scores. Rather, the applicant must provide an official letter from the institution testifying that the degree was taught exclusively in English.
Non-native speakers of English who are currently enrolled in or have successfully completed a degree in an English-speaking program (undergraduate or graduate) at a recognized academic institution in an English-speaking country will not be required to submit English proficiency test scores.
Applicants should be aware that departments may set stricter proficiency criteria and in these cases the additional proficiency criteria will be published for prospective students on the departmental web pages.
TAUi Advanced English Program
If an applicant is at the B1+ level on the CEFR or if one or more of the 4 components (reading, writing, listening and speaking) is low, s/he may take the TAUi Intensive Advanced English Summer program to improve his/her language skills. Upon completion of the summer program, the applicant's proficiency level will be reassessed prior to the start of the academic program.