How do I receive a TOEFL waiver?

Do not request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver until you have applied to Cornell. We cannot grant a TOEFL/IELTS waiver until we have received your Common Application.

If you have achieved a score of at least 35 on the SAT Reading Test or a score of 30 or higher on both the ACT Reading Section and English Section, there is no need to request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement will automatically be waived when we receive your official SAT or ACT results.

To request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver based on other acceptable criteria, please write to
The subject of your email should be TOEFL/IELTS Waiver. Please provide the following information in your email:

  • First and last names as they appear on your application.
  • Email address used on your application
  • Date of Birth
  • Reason for requesting a TOEFL/IELTS waiver

You will receive a return email within two weeks indicating whether your TOEFL/IELTS waiver has been granted.