Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests

Our admission process is holistic, and test scores are one element that help us assess your readiness for Occidental.

International applicants must submit official test results from the ACT or SAT (SAT subject tests are optional) and either the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Because we do not offer ESL courses, you must demonstrate English language ability by scoring at least:

  • 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)*,
  • 600 on the paper-based TOEFL* or
  • 7 on the IELTS exam

*Some international applicants may be required to have a Skype interview. If English is not your first language, and you have a TOEFL score in which any section falls below 25 (IBT) or below 150 (paper-based), we may contact you in February or March to schedule an interview.

You may be exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS if:

  • your native or first language is English
  • your high school's primary language of instruction is English, and you have attended the school for more than three years (these will be assessed on a case-by-case basis)

Test results must be sent to Occidental directly from the testing agency or your high school. If the score report is a photocopy, an official of the testing agency or school must sign and send it directly to us in a sealed envelope. Any results submitted by the student, a translator or notary—even if “certified”—will not be considered official.

If you wish to request a TOEFL/IELTS exemption or have questions about submitting test results, please contact our office at


Collins House
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (323) 259-2700
or (800) 825-5262
Fax: (323) 341-4875