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Self-Reported Test Scores

You can self-report your Standardized Test scores or report tests you plan to take in the Standardized Tests section. Some of the programs you apply to may require you to report certain test scores; be sure to check with your programs to ensure you are completing all requirements.

Note that self-reporting your scores is not the same as providing official scores to your programs. If your programs require official test scores, see below for more information.

Add a Test Score

  1. Navigate to the Standardized Tests section.
  2. Find the test you took in the list and click Add Test Score. In some cases, you may only be able to enter scores for certain tests.
  3. Select Yes under Have you taken the test.
  4. Enter the date you took the test.
  5. Enter all applicable scores and test ID, if applicable.
  6. Click Save This Test.

After submitting your application, you can continue to add new test entries to this section, but you cannot update or delete previous entries.

Add a Planned Test

  1. Navigate to the Standardized Tests section.
  2. Find the test you took in the list and click Add Test Score. In some cases, you may only be able to enter scores for certain tests.
  3. Select No under Have you taken the test.
  4. Enter the date you plan to take the test.
  5. Enter your test ID, if applicable.
  6. Click Save This Test.

Submitting Your Official IELTS Scores

Official IELTS scores are submitted electronically to Boston University directly from IELTS (run by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English). Paper copies are not accepted.

Official IELTS scores can be received by Boston University at any point during the application cycle, even after your application is submitted; however, some programs may have a deadline by which they want your scores posted. Once your official IELTS scores are attached to your application, they cannot be removed.

To provide your official IELTS scores:

  1. Self-report your IELTS scores in the Standardized Tests section of the application and include your TRF number. This must be listed for your official scores to be matched to your application.
  2. Go to IELTS and request your scores be released to Boston University Graduate Programs. Check with IELTS about their turnaround and processing times.
  3. After IELTS processing, scores are sent to Boston University in batches and then posted to applications daily. You can view scores attached to your application in the Standardized Tests section of the Check Status tab.

It is your responsibility to follow up on any missing IELTS scores in a timely manner. Before contacting BU School of Hospitality Administration application support, first confirm if and when IELTS sent your scores to Boston University Graduate Programs.

Note: if your name or date of birth appears differently on your IELTS than it does on your BU School of Hospitality Administration application, your scores will not automatically post to your account. This often happens with applicants with hyphens, apostrophes, etc., in their names. Wait until IELTS processes the scores, then contact application support so they can manually connect the scores to your application.

Submitting Your Official TOEFL Scores

Go to http://www.ets.org/toefl and request your scores be sent to BU School of Hospitality Administration using code #3087. It takes approximately 10-12 business days from the date you make the request to post to your application.

Make sure that the name and date of birth on your application match that on your TOEFL exam; otherwise, your scores will not automatically post to your account. If you believe there may be a discrepancy, wait until ETS processes the scores, then contact application support so they can manually connect the scores to your application.

Note that your application will not be delayed if you haven't yet taken the TOEFL. Your programs can view your scores once they are received. Note, however, that some programs may require scores be posted by a specific date; check with your programs to ensure you meet all deadline requirements.

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