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English Proficiency Requirements

At The Boston Conservatory, we believe that students must have adequate proficiency in English to fully benefit from the rigorous curriculum we offer. For this reason, we require non-native speakers of English to submit recent TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum scores required for admission are listed below. If you have attended an English-speaking secondary institution for at least two years, you may submit the SAT or ACT in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS exam. All test scores must be received in The Boston Conservatory Admissions office by January 15.  The Boston Conservatory's score code for the TOEFL exam is 3084.  Information about the TOEFL and IELTS exams is available at and

Please review The Boston Conservatory ESL Policy.


TOEFL and IELTS Scores Required for Admissions Consideration
*IELTS scores listed are guidelines based on overall band scores. Individual break-out scores in the four areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) will be evaluated to determine eligibility for admission to a particular program of study.
Program TOEFL iBT TOEFL Paper-based IELTS
  • Graduate Performance Diploma
  • Professional Studies Certificate
61 500 5.0*
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
73 530 6.0*
  • Master of Music in Performance
    or Composition
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Artist Diploma in Performance
79 550 6.5*
  • Master of Music in Music Education
91 580 7.0*

If your test score does not meet the minimum score for your intended program, you may be invited to attend our Music and English Intensive Program.

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