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The test scores allow you to provide a record of standardized exam performance that helps us assess your preparation for rigorous graduate-level study at Stanford.

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

If your graduate degree program requires test scores, you must submit them to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program by your graduate degree program's application deadline or the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program’s application deadline, whichever is later.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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

A: We will adhere to your graduate degree program’s decisions about 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 until after the Knight-Hennessy Scholars deadline, you may leave the test scores section of the application blank when you submit your application. You may provide the scores when they are available via your application status page, which you can access only after submitting your application. If you recently sat for an exam that provides unofficial scores immediately upon completion, you may report those to us.

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

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

Q:  I am applying to two programs. Do I have to submit required test scores for each of those programs to Knight-Hennessy Scholars?

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

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

A: If the Stanford graduate degree program to which you are applying requires you to submit English proficiency test results, then you must submit them to Knight-Hennessy Scholars as well.

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

A: All Stanford graduate degree 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 score requirement for English proficiency tests for Knight-Hennessy Scholars?

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


Last updated April 29, 2021