Good TOEFL scores for top universities
If you must take the TOEFL as part of your application for admission, you’re probably asking yourself, “How do I know if my TOEFL score is good enough for my dream program?”
The answer? It depends. A good TOEFL score is the score that meets (or exceeds) the minimum requirements for the program you want to attend. Each university has a different required or recommended TOEFL score range for each of their programs. Finding out what your dream university considers a top TOEFL score is important both for planning your TOEFL prep and setting your TOEFL score goal.
TOEFL scores infographic
Find out what score you need to get on the TOEFL by consulting our helpful new infographic! This new resource provides the minimum required and/or recommended TOEFL scores for some of the top universities. Check it out!
(Updated: July 2015)
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TOEFL scoring basics
The TOEFL iBT test is broken into four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Each section is worth a maximum of 30 points, for a possible combined score of 120.
The TOEFL is a standardized exam, which means that ETS uses a specific (and secret) calculation to generate your final score. This process of equating scores compensates for the fact that some versions of the TOEFL exam are more difficult than other versions, ultimately making all scores directly comparable.
TOEFL score ranking
As you can see from the infographic, different universities – and even different programs within universities – require different scores. This makes ranking TOEFL scores extra challenging.
The important thing to note is that there isn’t one good score. Instead, each program has a preferred score range. Knowing your program’s preferences can help you plan your TOEFL preparation and allow you to set a personal score goal.
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