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TOEFL Scores

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!

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Did you find your university? If not, you can research a university’s minimum required TOEFL score by visiting their website or contacting their admissions office. :) Also, continue reading for more info about TOEFL score reports!

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 TOEFL 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 TOEFL score. Instead, each program has a preferred TOEFL score range. Knowing your program’s preferences can help you plan your TOEFL preparation and allow you to set a personal TOEFL score goal.

And before you go …

Let us know how you like our infographic by leaving a comment below and sharing with your friends! :)

 

About the Author

Rita Kreig has a Master's Degree from UCSD, and has helped students achieve their highest potential on the SAT, ACT, and GRE since 2009. She works as Inbound Marketer at Magoosh, where she loves to analyze spreadsheets. After work, she practices vinyasa yoga and bakes cookies. Follow Rita on Google+ and on Twitter @Rita Kreig!

7 Responses to TOEFL Scores

  1. marius July 12, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Dear Magoosh instructors,
    I am grateful for this infographic and the clarity it contains. I am a French native and recently I’ve taken my first TOEFL test and got my score: 95 (R: 20, L:27, S:23, W: 25).
    Even if I am happy with such a performance, I will have to sit for the test again because I need a score of 100 minimum. I often read your post and like your objective views and tips about the TOEFL. Thanks and keep it up=

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Hello Marius,

      I am so happy to hear that you found the infographic useful, and that you enjoy our blog posts. :) Thank you so much for following the TOEFL blog. Congratulations on your wonderful TOEFL score … you are so close to your goal. Bon courage!

      Rita

  2. Mauricio July 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Hello,

    How come Berkeley asks for a 68 on the TOEFL, while other universities are in 100 pts.

    Much regards

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi Mauricio,

      I was surprised too! :)

      This answer is that it’s difficult to know for sure why Berkeley’s minimum required TOEFL score for graduate admissions is so low compared to other equally impressive universities. But here are some thoughts:

      1) This minimum required TOEFL score is a general one for all graduate admissions at UC Berkeley. I would guess that different programs within UC Berkeley have different preferences, which are likely higher than this general score.

      2) Each university has a different interpretation of a good TOEFL score, which is to say that each university has a different interpretation of the level of English a student would need in order to do well in a class in their program. Some universities put more faith in the TOEFL’s ability to test English skills than other universities do. In fact, a lot of universities (especially in the UK) don’t require TOEFL scores at all, and use other methods of determining whether international students are fluent enough in English to attend.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if I can help answer any other questions you make have.

      Rita

  3. Muhammad Khurram Qureshi July 26, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Hello. I did gave TOEFL back in 2011 and got 108. I scored well in all the sections except the speaking section where I got a 23. Now I have to retake the TOEFL exam but I definitely want to improve my TOEFL speaking score. The two problems that I faced in the speaking section were as follows:
    1. I am not a natural fluent speaker.
    2. There was too much noise in the test center (Other people were also speaking at the same time).
    Can you please give me some advice on how I could improve my speaking score?
    Many Thanks.

  4. alex July 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    I did like the infographic , but next time hopefully u guys post a good methods to pass the test successfully

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 28, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Alex,

      I’m glad you like the infographic, and thanks for the suggestion! :)

      If you’d like some more strategies for passing the TOEFL, please explore some of the other posts on our TOEFL Blog – we write a lot about TOEFL exam strategies each week. We divide the strategies by the different sections of the TOEFL exam: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. If you look at the top menu bar of the blog, you can click on the links and easily navigate to posts that’ll help you learn to pass each section of the test successfully. :)

      Happy Studying!
      Rita


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