Application FAQs - Standardized tests

Question: 

Can the GMAT test be used as a substitute for the GRE?

No. The GMAT exam can not be used in place of the GRE or the TOEFL exam.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
Question: 

I am an international student studying in the U.S., do I need to take GRE and TOEFL?

All applicants are required to submit a valid GRE examination score. All Ph.D. applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score due to teaching responsibilities. MS applicants are required to submit a valid TOEFL score unless they qualify for a TOEFL waiver as described in #4.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
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I am a US Citizen/Permanent Resident, do I need to take GRE and TOEFL?

All applicants are required to submit a valid GRE examination score. If your native or primary language is not English, regardless of citizenship, a valid TOEFL score is required as described in #4.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
Question: 

In what circumstance can the GRE and TOEFL be waived?

All applicants are required to submit a valid GRE examination score. All Ph.D. applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score due to teaching responsibilities. MS applicants who have graduated and received a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction can apply for a TOEFL waiver. All other MS applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
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What happens to my application if my materials (GRE and TOEFL scores) are late?

Applications with late materials, such as GRE and TOEFL scores, can negatively affect the review process. There is a brief margin (1-2 weeks) after the application deadline where these scores can still be processed in time for review. Applications reviewed without scores will be negatively impacted. Note, that these materials are required before any offer of admissions will be issued.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
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I have only one original copy of my TOEFL and/or GRE scores. Should I send them with my application?

There is no need to send a hard copy of your GRE or TOEFL. GRE and TOEFL scores are to be officially reported to us through ETS. Official IELTS scores must be sent directly to our department, upon request only.

We are not able to accept copies of GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores. When submitting a request through ETS, please ensure your scores are sent to Stony Brook University using the department and institutional codes as referenced in #9. Additionally, please enter your score in the AY online application form. This score will be verified with the electronic report. Entering scores in your AY application allows for immediate consideration of your application. However, please know that if you are offered admission, any offer of admission will not be issued without having received your official scores from the testing service.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
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Are my TOEFL and GRE test scores still valid?

TOEFL test scores must be no more than 2 years old based on the application deadline date. For example, TOEFL exams taken prior to January 2010 will not be accepted for Fall 2012 applications due on or about January 15, 2012. GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old based on the application deadline date.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
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What are the typical test score results?

Students admitted in 2011 had the following score averages: 
TOEFL: 105 (iBT) 
GRE General Test: Verbal 560 (68th percentile), Quant 780 (94st percentile), Writing 3.6 
Note that test scores are only one of the criteria in the review process. The admission committee reviews all aspects of the application as a whole. A superlative score will not ensure admission if the remainder of the application is of low quality. At the same time, applications with below average scores can be compensated by other higher quality sections of the application.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
Question: 

What is your institution's code for GRE and TOEFL?

The institution code for GRE and TOEFL is 2548. The Department code is 0402 for GRE and 78 for TOEFL. Please note, if the scores were sent with the wrong department code, we will still receive your scores so long as the institution code is correct.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests
Question: 

What are the language requirements?

The language requirements are available on the Graduate School FAQ Website

FAQ Admission Type: 
Standardized tests