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TOEFL Scores

Good TOEFL scores for top universities—and your TOEFL results

If you must take the TOEFL as part of your application for admission, you’re probably asking yourself, “Is my TOEFL score is good enough for my dream program?” Because of that, for a lot of students, the test stress doesn’t stop even after they’ve received an email notification that the ETS has posted their TOEFL results online (around 10 days after the test date). How do you know if your TOEFL score is good enough?

The answer? It depends. Good TOEFL results are the scores that meet (or exceed) 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 preparation and setting your TOEFL score goal. Once you know what score you need, you can start preparing to reach that target score.

TOEFL scores infographic

On the other hand, your TOEFL results already may place your dream school within your reach. 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: June 2016)


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

And before you go …

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