When you don’t need to take the TOEFL exam

We received the question is there a way to study in the U.S. at a university level without taking the TOEFL. Interestingly enough the answer is yes in some few cases. There are some situations when you are exempted from taking the TOEFL exam.

If you have lived in a country where English is the first language for more than 4 years you do not need to take the TOEFL. All you need is be able to prove that you have lived in such country.

You have received an excellent score in the English section of the SAT. The test score show that you have a proficient level for English at the university level. That's why we recommend international students to always take the SAT before they take the TOEFL if they are required to take the SAT.

If your parents are from a English speaking nation (UK, U.S. Australia etc) you can request the TOEFL score request to be dropped. This is however from a school to school basis and the school can still request a TOEFL score from you.

If you attended a High School where English was the official language you do not need to take the TOEFL. Your High School will have to send some sort of proof to the University you are going applying to.

These are a few different situations when you do not need to take the TOEFL exam to attend a U.S. university.