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Standardized Test Scores

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program follows the practices of your graduate program: if your graduate program does not require standardized tests, then you do not need to submit any with your Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application.

Any required test scores are due to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program by your graduate program's application deadline or the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program's application deadline, whichever is later

English Proficiency

You must be highly proficient in English — listening, reading, speaking, and writing — to study at Stanford. If you earned or expect to earn a degree from a university where English is the official and sole language of instruction, then you do not need results of an English proficiency exam. Otherwise, you do. Your citizenship, residence, and/or work experience do not exempt you from this requirement.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. Will you be updating your testing policy because of COVID-19?

A: We will be following your graduate program’s lead in any testing policy changes for admission.

Q: I will not have test scores until AFTER the Knight-Hennessy Scholars deadline, what do I do?

A: If you will not have test scores available until after the Knight-Hennessy Scholars deadline, simply leave the test scores section of the application blank when you submit your application. You can provide the scores when they are available via your application status page which you will be able to access only after submitting your application. For the GRE, your unofficial scores (i.e., the quantitative and verbal scores you receive immediately upon taking the test) will suffice for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

Q: Can I update my test score after I have submitted my application?

A: Yes, you can do this by submitting the Test Score Update form available on your status page after you submit your application.

Q:  I am applying to two programs. Do I have to submit the required testing for each of those programs to KHS?

A: Yes, please submit all test scores required by the degree programs to which you are applying.

Q: Do I need to submit my English proficiency test results to Knight-Hennessy Scholars?

A: If you have to submit English proficiency test results to the degree program you are applying to, then yes, you need to submit to Knight-Hennessy Scholars as well.

Q: What tests do I have to submit for English proficiency?

A: All Stanford graduate programs accept the TOEFL. The MBA Program is  the only Stanford graduate program that also accepts the IELTS and PTE.  Some departments only accept scores obtained within the last 18 months, while others accept scores for 24 months. You may read more about this policy on the Graduate Admissions website (TOEFL) or MBA Admissions Office website (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE).

Q: Is there a minimum requirement for English proficiency tests for Knight-Hennessy Scholars?

A: Although there is no minimum test score required for Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you need to meet the minimum requirements, if any, set forth by the graduate school department you are applying to. The minimum TOEFL score for most graduate programs at Stanford is 100iBT or 600PBT. Please check the department websites for information about required English tests.


Last updated May 1, 2020

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