TOEFL Information

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)

The TOEFL measures the ability for nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings.  Today, more than 5,000 colleges, universities and licensing agencies in 90 countries accept TOEFL scores. The TOEFL is offered in three formats that are determined by the country/location of the testing centers: internet-based (iBT), computer-based (CBT) and the paper-based (PBT). In the US, the iBT is the common format offered in testing centers.

The National Defense University (NDU) requires the TOEFL as a prerequisite to its master’s degree program. The university uses the TOEFL results as an indication of a candidate’s ability to successfully complete the graduate course study in English. The required score set by NDU is 

  • iBT  83 out of 120
  • CBT 220 out of 300
  • PBT 560 out of 677

Test scores are valid for two years from date of the actual test; NDU will accept TOEFL results within this period.  Candidates who have previously tested within the two years should send or present a copy of official TOEFL results to the registrar office (Academic Affairs).

TOEFL Test Administration

Upon arrival to NDU, Academic Affairs (AA) will brief the incoming International Fellows on the TOEFL requirements and the due date of test results. Results are usually required within the first semester. NDU will provide a paid voucher for the TOEFL to be used to schedule the testing location and date. 

For registering, scheduling and obtaining self-study information on the TOEFL, test takers should access: 

TOEFL Website []

When scheduling the TOEFL, Fellows should use code 3324 (Eisenhower and National War College) and 7026 (College of International Security Affairs)  for NDU as the primary recipient of the test scores. Testing results are generally received within a seven working-day period electronically and within 10 days in an official paper version.

TOEFL Exemptions

Some countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.  Exemption and testing requirements are established by Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) through an annually-published memorandum.  If candidates for NDU have questions on exemption, they should contact their Security Country Officer (SCO) for information.