International Applicants

Intl Applicant Questions in Translation

International Applicant Information in Translation

We hope you will find the translations of commonly asked questions below helpful. Click your country's flag to read in your language. Application information for all students can be found by clicking here. If you are a student currently living and studying in Mainland China, please visit our information page. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office with any questions, or contact Steve Downes or Rick DaSilva at the Center for International Students, 508.291.8380.

Common Questions about International Admissions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Does Tabor require non-native English speakers to submit a TOEFL score? How about the SSAT?

    A standardized test score that measures English ability is required from all non-native English speakers.  We strongly recommend sending us scores for both the TOEFL and the SSAT.  Candidates for 11th grade admission may submit a PSAT or SAT score in place of the SSAT score.  Non-native English speakers who have studied in a primarily English language environment for at least four years may submit just the SSAT, although it may be to their advantage to provide a TOEFL score as well.  
  • Q. How can I ensure that you have all my admissions materials?

    You may email us anytime at to check your status.  
  • Q. Does Tabor have midyear (February) admission? Can a student come for 12th grade only? Is it alright to repeat a grade?

    We do not accept students at midyear.  Our admissions application deadline is January 31st to begin study the following September.  We do not generally accept 12th grade students.  Most new students enroll for 9th and 10th grade, with a few coming as 11th graders.  Repeating a grade is acceptable and sometimes advisable to improve English language skills, provided that the student will not reach age 20 before graduating.      
  • Q. What are the minimum TOEFL and SSAT scores required for International Student admission to Tabor?

    Our minimal TOEFL score ranges from 60 to 80, depending on the country.  The average TOEFL score for our newly enrolled International Students this year is 101.  For students applying for 10th and 11th grades, the TOEFL score expectations are somewhat higher than those for 9th grade candidates.  For the SSAT math score, we look for a SSAT percentile score of 80% or higher.  A student’s current English course score, the current English teacher recommendation, the SSAT verbal score, and the interview are also considered to assess English ability.  Tabor does not offer an ESL course.  All International Students take regular English classes.  Students may take ELS (English Language Support), meeting twice a week, for instruction and individual writing support.
  • Q. Does Tabor offer admission interviews overseas?

    Our Admission Office and International Center representatives do some admissions travel to Europe, Asia, and the Atlantic Islands during the summer and fall. Please check the school website on the admission page to locate any planned travel for receptions and interviews.  We believe that personal contact during the interview is helpful. If you are unable to visit the campus, please use Skype so that you can communicate more easily. Admission candidates from mainland China schools are asked to do a preliminary interview in China with Vericant ( before they continue with their Tabor application.
  • Q. Does Tabor issue the I-20 Form required to obtain a visa at the US Embassy or Consulate?

    Yes. We have around 75 International Students each year to whom we issue I-20 Forms after they enroll as new students in April and provide us with financial certification, parent affidavit, and a copy of their passport page. In nearly all cases, our newly admitted students succeed in obtaining student visas. American citizens who live abroad and return to home overseas for long vacations are considered International Students at Tabor.
  • Q. Does Tabor have quotas or limits on the number of students from each country?

    To some extent. Our experience has been that students and their families do not want a large “block” of students from a single country that might draw them away from the community. In general our largest country groups average around eight students, with the exception of Korea and mainland China. Those groups number around twenty each, reflecting larger applicant pools, balanced by the belief that limiting the number of students from any one non-English language area or country helps to integrate International Students into the community.   
  • Q. Does Tabor grant financial aid to International Students?

    Limited financial aid is available for International Students, but these awards are relatively rare. In line with the school’s student body composition, most financial aid is awarded to American students. We are unfortunately not able to meet all of the aid requests from International Students, even from highly qualified candidates.  


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