Graduate Program - GRE / TOEFL Requirements

GRE General Score Requirements:

The GRE general exam is required of all international masters applicants, residing in and outside of the U.S., and all PhD applicants, whether domestic or international. GRE test scores expire five years after the test date, and expired scores are not accepted. Our program uses application deadline to determine GRE expiration. For example, a GRE taken more than five years prior to December 15 of the current year would not be valid for a PhD or any international applicant seeking fall admission.

The average GRE scores (percent scoring below) of international applicants recently admitted to graduate study in the department are: Verbal Reasoning 62%, Quantitative Reasoning 92%, and Analytical Writing 47%. The average GRE scores of recently admitted U.S. applicants are: Verbal Reasoning 77%, Quantitative Reasoning 77%, and Analytical Writing 66%. All three sections of the GRE are considered when evaluating applicants.

The department offers masters applicants the possibility of exemption from the GRE requirement if they have five cumulative years of full-time employment within the United States as an IT professional. To request consideration, applicants must check the box for this purpose in the CSC Supplemental Information section of the online application, upload a resume showing the dates of employment, and include recommendations from their supervisor or a manager at the organization.

The institution code 5496 is the only code needed to report scores to NC State University. If ETS gives you an option to report a test to NCSU undergraduate admissions, select the NCSU Graduate School instead.

TOEFL or IELTS Score Requirements:

English proficiency is a requirement for successful graduate studies at N.C. State. The Graduate School standards for demonstration of proficiency, which are necessary in order to be admitted to graduate study, may be found here, and should be read by any applicant for whom English is a second language. The average TOEFL score of international applicants recently-admitted to the Computer Science graduate program is 106. Students from countries not well represented in the department are encouraged to apply, even with TOEFL scores significantly below this level.

Non-U.S. applicants whose uploaded transcripts show they have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program at a four-year U.S. college or university satisfy N.C. State's English proficiency standards and are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test results.

TOEFL/IELTS test scores expire two years after the test date, and we do not consider expired tests. To determine expiration for admission purposes, our program uses June 15 for fall terms and November 15 for spring. Therefore, a TOEFL test that expires on June 15 the same year as fall admission would be invalid and a TOEFL test that expires on November 15 the year prior to spring admission would be invalid.

The institution code 5496 is the only code needed to report scores to NC State University. If ETS gives you an option to report a test to NCSU undergraduate admissions, select the NCSU Graduate School instead.

 

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