ALI offers two possible waivers for admission to SF State non-impacted undergraduate programs. Either waiver will meet the SF State English proficiency requirements.

Waiver One

You must be placed in and successfully complete the ALI advanced-intermediate level (46) and get the required score on the ALI English proficiency test, which is given twice each semester.


Waiver Two

You must successfully complete the ALI pre-advanced level (47) or higher. There is no English proficiency score required for Waiver Two.


Note: You do not need to complete the highest ALI level to receive either TOEFL waiver.


For Graduate Programs

If you are interested in graduate degree programs, SF State offers a TOEFL waiver through the ALI for certain majors. Please contact the SF State Division of Graduate Studies for more information:



How to Apply to SF State