App and native language question?

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App and native language question?

Postby MrSam » Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:55 pm

I'm in the process of completing all of my apps, but have hit a bit of a roadblock. One of the schools that I am applying to has stated that if I have anything other than English as my "native language," I would have to report a TOEFL score. But, here's the deal...my native language is something other than English, however, I taught myself English by around age 5. I speak it fluently now, more so than I do my native language.
I spoke with the school in question, and they told me to submit a TOEFL waiver. Is the whole "submit a TOEFL score if English isn't your native language" thing a general policy for all schools (I don't see it listed anywhere on my other apps)? Or is this one particular school a special case?

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Re: App and native language question?

Postby studyingeveryday » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:48 pm

Hmm, interesting. Are you an international student? And what school is this if you don't mind my asking? (you can PM me) This sounds like a special case, haven't read anything like this for other schools.

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Re: App and native language question?

Postby galeatus » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:28 am

MrSam wrote:I'm in the process of completing all of my apps, but have hit a bit of a roadblock. One of the schools that I am applying to has stated that if I have anything other than English as my "native language," I would have to report a TOEFL score. But, here's the deal...my native language is something other than English, however, I taught myself English by around age 5. I speak it fluently now, more so than I do my native language.
I spoke with the school in question, and they told me to submit a TOEFL waiver. Is the whole "submit a TOEFL score if English isn't your native language" thing a general policy for all schools (I don't see it listed anywhere on my other apps)? Or is this one particular school a special case?


For that majority of schools you need to submit a TOEFL score if your native language is not English, unless your UG studies were in English

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Re: App and native language question?

Postby MrSam » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:58 pm

My UG studies were in English.

Either way, I just got off the phone with my parents. Apparently I spoke English prior to learning my second language. Glad I don't have to deal with that.

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Re: App and native language question?

Postby playersball » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:14 pm

It seems OP discovered his native language is English, but I denoted Spanish as my native language on applications and did not have to deal with a TOEFL waiver. But I am not an international student and did my UG in the U.S. I have been accepted to several schools so far so it looks to be a non-issue just as an fyi!



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