International Students


TOEFL, IELTS, the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the Cambridge English Exam are recommended for applicants whose primary language is not English or students who have not attended an English language school for the last three years.

Though not required, applicants who score below 690 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section of the new SAT or below 30 or more on both the ACT Reading and English sections are encouraged to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation. Johns Hopkins prefers a score of 600 on the written test.

  • Applicants should typically receive a minimum of 100 total for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with preferred sub-scores of
    • 26 (Reading)
    • 26 (Listening)
    • 22 (Writing)
    • 25 (Speaking).
  • A score of 7.0 or higher on each band is expected on IELTS.
  • A composite score of 120 or higher is expected for the DET with preferred sub-scores of
    • 125 (Literacy)
    • 120 (Conversation)
    • 135 (Comprehension)
    • 105 (Production).
  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency is expected with a Cambridge English score of 185 or higher.


Transcripts from international schools should be officially translated into English.

Please see the FAQs – International Students page for answers to commonly asked questions.

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