Most four - year colleges require that all applicants , domestic and international alike , take the SAT or ACT. If English isn't your first language , then you will likely also have to take TOEFL to apply to college. Most colleges will equally accept IELTS or PTE too. The TOEFL is most popular option.
But if you score highly enough on the verbal section of the SAT or ACT , then you might not have to take the TOEFL.
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