What is the minimum TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT score?
All courses at Georgetown University in Qatar are taught in English. A very high-level of English is needed. In Georgetown, students must read required course material, write exams and papers, make presentations, and engage in discussion and debate both inside and outside the classroom.
While there is no required minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to GU-Q, the most competitive applicants have scores of 100 or better on the Internet- based TOEFL (600 or better on the paper-based TOEFL exam), or scores of 7.5 or better on the IELTS. It is generally recommended that individuals with scores below 80 on IBT (550 on PBT) or below 6 on IELTS delay applying and continue to work on their English. We waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for applicants who score 650 or better on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the New SAT (600 or better on the Critical Reading & Writing sections on the Old SAT), or 26 or better on the ACT Reading/Writing sections. For more information on TOEFL/IELTS waivers, please see our Language Proficiency Exam Waiver Policy
Similarly, there is no fixed minimum SAT or ACT score for admission to GU-Q. The most competitive applicants have strong scores in all test sections, particularly the Math and English sections. Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) provides a test schedule. For registration and updated information please visit the testing agencies' respective websites: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT.
I took standardized tests multiple times but I only want to report my best scores, is this allowed?
Georgetown University does not participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board. Georgetown requires that you submit scores from all test sittings of the SAT, ACT, and SAT II Subject Tests. Georgetown evaluates many competitive applicants each year for admission; access to your full testing profile enables the admissions committee to fully and fairly assess your individual strengths in comparison to the entire applicant pool.
The essay section on the new SAT is now optional. Do I have to take it to apply to Georgetown?
The SAT essay is not required to apply to Georgetown. However, we strongly recommend that applicants complete the essay section. This helps the Admissions Committee better gauge your critical reading and writing abilities. Additionally, students who complete the essay section of the new SAT may have their Controlled Writing Exercise requirement waived.
I have taken both the old SAT and the new SAT. Do I have to submit scores for both?
Georgetown University in Qatar requires that you submit scores from all test sittings of the SAT, ACT, and SAT II Subject tests. We will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using concordance tables provided by the College Board to determine your highest scores on both the new SAT and the old SAT.
How do I find more information about the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and ACT?
For in-depth information of each of the required examinations, please visit the website of the respective testing agencies:
You may also visit the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Testing Services page for information on testing services offered through the HBKU test center.
I have taken the TOEFL and SAT I exams; do I have to take the SAT II?
While the Office of Admissions encourages students to submit SAT II (subject test) results, subject tests are not required.
How do I register for TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT exams in Qatar?
Please see the websites indicated above for TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT exam registration, or see the Hamad Bin Khalifa University website.
How do I register for TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT exams in my country (if not Qatar)?
Please see the websites indicated above for information on registering for the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT exams in your country of residence.
What are the GU-Q institutional codes for TOEFL, SAT, and ACT?
- TOEFL - 8750
- SAT - 4563
- ACT - 0669
I am applying to Georgetown University’s main campus in Washington, DC. May I use the GU-Q institutional codes for TOEFL, SAT, or ACT?
GU-Q institutional codes are sent directly to the GU-Q Office of Admissions and are not received or reviewed by the main campus Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you are applying to our home campus in Washington, DC, please use the appropriate institutional codes.
My grades in math are weak, but my English scores are quite strong. Do I need high math scores for admission to GU-Q?
The School of Foreign Service core curriculum includes a minimum of four required courses in economics. A strong high school math background and strong SAT/ACT math scores indicate to the admissions committee that a student will do well in the required courses. This is an important consideration.
My first language is English. Do I still need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results?
Please see our language proficiency test waiver policy. Please note that the granting of the English Language Proficiency Exam requirement is subject to the discretion and approval of the Office of Admissions.
I’d like to have my SAT/ACT test requirement waived based on my academic history. Is this possible?
There is no waiver policy for the SAT/ACT test requirement. All applicants must take either the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission.
How can I prepare for these tests?
There are many different organizations offering test preparation courses. Here are a few free online options:
TOEFL: edX TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider's Guide(link is external)
IELTS: Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts
SAT: Khan Academy SAT Preparation