You are required to submit a TOEFL score if your previous degree is not from a U.S. institution, or your native language is not English. Performance diplomas or certificates do not suffice as a degree. If your previous degree is from an institution with English instruction, then you do not have to submit a TOEFL score. English-speaking countries are identified to be: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, The Bahamas, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Indies, or Zimbabwe.
The Shepherd School of Music requires a score of at least 100 on the iBT, 120 on the Duolingo test of English proficiency for DMA applicants; 90 on the iBT for MM and AD applicants, 115 on the Duolingo test of English proficiency. For students who choose to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in lieu of the TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.0. Please arrange to have your scores sent to the Shepherd School of Music. Rice Institution Code is 6609.
For Fall 2024, the following tests will be accepted: iBT TOEFL, iBT Home Edition, IELTS Indicator, and Duolingo. The TOELF ITP Plus is not accepted. Only the best composite TOEFL score is accepted; my Best scores are not accepted. More information can be found here.