I've been browsing physics department websites lately, and some of them say that they require TOEFL scores from ALL international applicants (Texas A&M, for example: http://www.physics.tamu.edu/academics/faqapplicant.html#17 ) . This seems to me to be absurd and somewhat insulting for people who come from countries like the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, where the native language is English. Do you think schools will actually reject applicants from these countries if they do not present TOEFL scores? I am wondering whether, even if departments know better, the school's graduate division might use this as a money-grab, cashing in the applicant's check then rejecting him or her on this technicality. I am not going to take the TOEFL, should I risk it and still apply to these schools? I'm already putting in my S.O.P. that I've tutored colloquial American English to an ESL student... Have any people from English-speaking countries ever run into problems because they didn't take the TOEFL?