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Should You Request a TOEFL Rescore?

Have you ever gotten a grade on a test or a mark on a school assignment that you thought was unfair? Well, sometimes that can happen on the TOEFL too. To help students who feel they should have gotten a better rating on their Speaking and Writing responses, ETS has a TOEFL rescoring service.

So what is rescoring, and how does it work?

If you’re not satisfied with your TOEFL score on Speaking or Writing, you can ask ETS to send your Speaking and Writing responses to different scorers. These will be people who weren’t involved in the scoring of your exam the first time around— people who can give you a fresh new score. That score will then become your official score.

There are some limitations. You must request a rescore within 30 days of taking the TOEFL. And if you’ve already had your scores sent out, you can’t request a rescore at all. And of course, there is a fee– $80 dollars for each section. This means that requesting a rescore for both Speaking and Writing on the same test costs about as much as registering for the test itself!

Sometimes, a rescore can be a great opportunity to easily boost your test score. But there are some risks. If you get an even lower grade on the rescore, that will become your official score. It’s also possible that you could be given the same score the second time, wasting time and money on your rescore request. So a rescore is a big decision. If you’re trying to decide on one, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

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Things to Consider Before Requesting a TOEFL Rescore

Do you feel pretty confident that you could boost your score by actually retaking the exam? If you think you could study more and do even better on a retake, you may want to retake the test instead. On a retake, you get a chance to improve your score in all four sections, not just the last two. On the other hand, if you don’t have time to study and take the test again, or if you’re sure that you studied well the first time, a rescore may be a good way to go.

You also want to ask yourself how sure you are that the TOEFL scorers really didn’t follow the rubric correctly. To figure this out, carefully look at the official rubrics for Speaking and Writing. Compare the score you got to the one you’d give yourself, based on the rubric. Consult with a tutor, professor, or classmate if possible— sometimes it’s hard to understand the rubric on your own. If you really do think you got the wrong score based on the rubric, a rescore is definitely something to consider.

Above all, be sure to consult ETS itself. You can read their info on TOEFL rescores here. Scroll down to the heading “How to Request a Score Review.”

 

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75 Responses to Should You Request a TOEFL Rescore?

  1. Marcela August 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    DO IT! If you’re sure you did better than previous times. Initially they gave me S23 and W23 and I asked for rescore it because I knew I did better. I got a huge boost (7 points) . I got 100 on the test (R23 L24 S26 W27)the scores I need it!!!! and they also refunded me the money!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink August 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      Thank you for sharing, Marcela! That’s extremely interesting—I’ve never seen a student receive such a large boost from a rescore. Just be aware that not everybody would get so lucky. But your experience is definitely worth noting.

    • denis January 14, 2016 at 2:43 am #

      Hi Marcela,

      Did they send you an email when they rescore the test?
      Thank you

    • Phil March 15, 2016 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Marcela, just wanted to know if you took the the test in the US or in Europe, because I have heard that they are more severe in the US .

    • Sindhu November 12, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Marcella,

      I got my TOEFL score with r29, l28 , s22,w26 and total score is 105.
      Now I want go for rescoring so will it be workfull? If so , then what are the sections of I need to process? Please suggest me

      • David Recine
        David Recine November 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

        I’ll weight in too, if it’s OK with Marcella. 🙂 As Marcella said, a rescore is a good idea if you think that you may have been given a low score incorrectly. If you’re not sure the scorers actually made a mistake, a rescore may be less likely to help you. As for which section to submit for a rescore, I’d advise requesting just a Speaking rescore, if you only want to choose one of the two sections. You’ve got a lot more to potentially gain with Speaking, since your TOEFL Speaking score is pretty low. (Remember though, it’s also possible for your score to go down on a rescore!)

  2. armin August 19, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    I took TOEFl exam for tree times and every time I got 21 for writing section!!! However, I think that I wrote every time better than before. Is it fair??should I request rescoring ??

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 22, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      Sorry to hear this is happening. It’s possible that a rescore could help int his case. If possible, though, you should show your samples of your TOEFL Writing to a tutor and get their thoughts on it. Once you’re sure your writing really is better than 21-point level writing, ask the TOEFL for a rescore, And hopefully that can improve your situation.

  3. Emre August 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Hello,

    I have 15 for speaking and I need at least 20 for speaking section for my university. Should I request a rescore for speaking??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 24, 2016 at 10:36 am #

      Hi Emre,

      Good question! It is not likely to see a 5 point increase like you want, so you are better off devoting your time and money to preparing for a retake, in my opinion. I have never seen a rescore add more than 2-3 points maximum (though others may have). Ultimately, the decision is yours, still! Good luck. 🙂

  4. shahab August 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    Hello
    My score is 78 but I need 80 for my university
    R20
    L18
    S20
    W20
    These are my scores.I just need 2 more points.
    Should I ask for rescore?do I have any chance for 2 points increase?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 27, 2016 at 8:51 am #

      Hi Shahab,

      There is a chance you could gain 2 points, but there is also a chance you could lost points and get a lower score. And you have to pay no matter what, remember. You would be better off flexing your TOEFL muscles a bit more and studying for a retake. Ultimately, however, you can choose whatever makes the most sense for you, your budget, and your time constraints! Good luck, Shahab. 🙂

  5. Andreia September 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi,
    I got my TOEFL score online yesterday. My score was 95.
    R23
    L25
    S23
    W24
    I need 26 on speaking part. I requested the speaking review yesterday. I know I could get a better score. Do you know how long it takes to come up the review? The website says 3 weeks. Did anyone get earlier than that?

    • Akash September 15, 2016 at 7:09 am #

      Hello Andreia,
      Did you submit re-scoring request via online or by filling a hard copy form ?

    • Andreia October 3, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      I submitted by filling a hard copy form. It took exactly 3 weeks. The score remained the same.

      • Stella October 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

        After you submit the form by fax, how long did it take for you to receive the confirmation email or something others to inform you your request is in process?

  6. Raquel September 14, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Hello,

    I got an overall score of 105. Reading 26, Listening 30, Speaking 23 and Writing 25.

    However, I need at least 24 in my speaking section. Do you guys think it is worth it to take the chance for a rescore? What are the chances of increasing to 24, or even to 26 on my speaking score?

    Thank you very much. Best regards.

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 15, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      That’s a tough call. Before you make a decision, I suggest contacting your school and asking them if they might be willing to accept you. You have a good overall score and you are just one point to low on Speaking. Some universities are willing to be flexible in situations like this. If your school isn’t flexible about this and simply can’t accept you with a 23 in TOEFL Speaking, then a TOELF rescore might be a good idea. All you have to lose is time and money. If your rescore raises you by even one point, you can get into school. If yous core stays the same or goes down, you’ll need to retake the test. But if your school won’t be flexible, you’ll need to retake the exam anyway.

      When a TOEFL rescore does result in a higher score,t he score usually changes just a little, increasing or decreasing by a point or two, maybe by three points at most. So it’s certainly possible that you could go form a 23 to 24 after a rescore request. I can’t tell you exactly how likely it is that you’d get a 24, because the TOEFL doesn’t publish statistics on rescore results. But again, I can tell you that a 24 on rescore is definitely possible for you.

  7. sarbarz September 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    hello
    I got an overall score of 99. Reading 24, Listening 27, Speaking 19 (fair-fair-limited) and Writing 29.

    However, I need at least 21 in my speaking section. Do you think it is worth it to take the chance for a rescore?
    I think that was because of speaking too fast and my accent.

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 23, 2016 at 10:56 am #

      If you’re pretty sure you earned that 10 because of overly fast speech and an overly-strong accent, your chances of getting two extra points on the rescore are probably low. At the same time, if you absolutely need a 21 and the only other alternative is to retake the exam, a rescore wouldn’t hurt your chances of being accepted. It takes about three weeks to get your rescore results. If you go for a rescore, it’s also a good idea to start studying for a retake during your three-week wait. That way if your rescore doesn’t get you the 21 you need, you’ll already be well on your way to a higher TOEFL score via retake. And if a TOEFL score review does boost your TOEFL Speaking score to 21, you can take a deep breath and stop studying.

  8. Beatrice September 29, 2016 at 3:55 am #

    Hi! I received my last TOEFL results last week. I had R27, L23, S24, W23, with a total of 97.
    I found myself a bit upset about the writing result, as in my lasts exams I obtained higher scores.

    I need to apply to an MFA and I need a 100.
    In June I received a 95 (R26,L21,S23,W25).

    I’m considering to ask for a re-score, do you think it’s worth it? May I have any chance to gain the 3 points I need to achieve 100?
    How are American Universities about the Toefl scores? Is there any chance to get accepted even without a 100?

    THANK YOU!!!

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 1, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      Hi Beatrice,

      That does sound frustrating, and it’s understandable that you’d feel upset and want a rescore. It’s definitely possible that you could gain 3 points to your overall TOEFL with a rescore of your Speaking and Writing. But it’s also possible that you could lose a few points, or have your score remain exactly the same.

      Some American grad programs are flexible about TOEFL scores, while others aren’t. MFA programs have a reputation for being flexible if you have a really strong portfolio or if the rest of your application is strong. But flexibility really varies from program to program. Contact your program and ask them if they’ll consider accepting you with a TOEFL score of 97. If they say there’s no chance, and you absolutely have your heart set on this particular program, then there’s no real risk in asking for a rescore. You may want to also try retaking the test too though, in case your rescore doesn’t boost you up to 100.

  9. Mehdi October 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    My ibt scores are somehow wierd. in the reading listening and writing sections my score is higher than 25 but my speaking score is 17!! should i consider rescoring?

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 5, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      Actually, it’s pretty common for test-takers to score lower in one section compared to the others, since each section involves a different type of language skill. While a rescore may move your score a little, it’s likely that your TOEFL Speaking skills are simply at a different level than your other TOEFL skills.So a retake– after some additional TOEFL Speaking prep– is what I would recommend rather than a rescore.

  10. Harry October 15, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    Hi I gave my test in August 2016. I got 20 point in writing bt I need 21 . Others modules I got good , high, fair.can you suggest me should I apply for Re scoring?
    Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2016 at 3:00 am #

      Hi Harry,

      It’s possible that a rescore could help int his case, but you should keep in mind that a rescore request does not always lead to a better score. If possible, though, as David has recommended to another student, you should show your samples of your TOEFL Writing to a tutor and get their thoughts on it first. Once you’re sure your writing really is better than 20-point level writing, ask the TOEFL for a rescore, and hopefully that can improve your situation. But keep in mind that it is not a guarantee and if you need a higher score still, you will have to retake the exam. Good luck! 🙂

  11. Raquel October 18, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    Hi,

    Hello David! Im here again, at the end of the day I decided to retake the toefl exam.

    I took the toefl exam for second time last october 08.

    As you know, in my first exam I got an overall score of 105 with R27/L30/S23/W25.

    In my second exam I got an overall score of 104 with R27/L28/S24/W25.

    I am really frustrated since I need an overall score of 100 but with at least 25 on each section of the toefl exam. Im struggling with the speaking section…

    What would you recommend me to do? Ask for a rescore of my speaking section of my second exam, in order to take the chance to go from 24 to 26? Or to present for third time the toefl exam?

    thank you very much!!

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

      Hello again Raquel,

      I’d say that at this point, it couldn’t hurt to go for a rescore, but it also might not help. Rescores, as I’ve mentioned before, aren’t guaranteed to improve your score.

      If you do apply for a rescore, you should also start studying to improve your Speaking, just in case the rescore doesn’t get you to a 25. You want to be ready for another retake if need be.

      As you continue to work on your TOEFL Speaking, you should get as much TOEFL Speaking feedback as you can. More than any other language skill, Speaking involves direct, live interactions with other people. Our blog has an article on several ways to get TOEFL Speaking feedback. You may even want to hire a tutor for at least a few sessions. If you go that route, TOEFL Speaking Teacher is one especially good source of online tutoring in this area.

    • Pate December 30, 2016 at 7:10 am #

      Did u rescore and get 26?

  12. Sahar October 26, 2016 at 5:12 am #

    Hi, My score was 28, 27, 18, 25 (98)

    Actually for the speaking section, and for the first two tasks it was said that my response was limited and for the other parts it was fair. but I am pretty sure that i did well on task 2. On task 1, however, i talked but i could not support my answer with good reasons. ( the question was: what would you do if you have a problem with your friend? and i said i would ask him/her that we talk about our opinions and see what is the result of what we think and for example if we disagree about which restaurant to go we can test where i think it is good and …) I thought the response was somehow irrelevant in the last part but does it really mean that i should get limited for both task 1 and 2? and do you think that i have a chance of getting a better grade by re-scoring ?

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 27, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

      OK, given your situations, here are the things you should consider in your decision to rescore or not rescore:

      If you’re right that you really did do well on Task 2, then a rescore might indeed boost your marks in Task 2. But an improved score on just one of the 6 tasks won’t make a very big difference on your score for the whole section. Your overall Speaking score might just raise by one point or perhaps two. There’s even a chance your score could stay the same, because on a rescore, you might get higher points in Task 2, but then get lower points in Task 1 or in a different task.

  13. sarah November 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    i got reading 23 listening 21 speaking 28 & writing 23 – i need 24 in my writing for pharmacy school will re scoring help me?

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 8, 2016 at 9:10 am #

      If your pharmacy school is really strict and absolutely needs a 24 in writing, then taking a rescore can’t hurt you. An increase of 1 point is guaranteed upon rescore, but it’s not uncommon to gain a point if you have your Writing score reviewed.

  14. segun November 4, 2016 at 1:30 am #

    Please advise, i wrote TOEFL exam two weeks ago and result came out yesterday.

    Reading 30
    Listening 29
    Speaking 29
    Writing 27
    Total 115 out of 120

    i need 30 in writing. I want to know if i can proceed with rescoring. i dont know if the 3marks will be added to the writing. however, am scared the mark dont drop below 27. Pls advise.

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 8, 2016 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Segun,

      I can tell you that a full three point increase in a TOEFL rescore is said to be VERY rare. You would indeed have a slightly better chance of seeing your TOEFL Writing score not change at all, or drop down to a 26. Requesting a rescore is probably pretty risky in your situation.

  15. Aramando November 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi David,

    Hope you are well. Last November 4 I took my TOEFL exam for the third time in this year.

    My score was R28/L29/S27/W22 = 106.

    On previous occasions I was having trouble with my speaking score, luckily I was able to overcome it on my last exam. However, I am really shocked for my low grade in the writing section, on my two previous exams I got a score of 25 in this section.

    I really think there was a mistake with my score. So I am thinking about filling a review request with TOEFL…

    Do you think it is possible to raise my grade to 24 o even 25?

    Thank you!!!

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

      Sorry to hear you got such a surprisingly low TOEFL Writing score. That is pretty surprising and disappointing, after your earlier higher scores.

      I agree that you should consider a rescore. In my opinion, the very best time to request a rescore is when you got a surprisingly low score and think a scoring mistake might have been made. From everything I’ve heard, if a rescore does raise your score, it usually only boosts you by a point or two. So a 23 or 24 is possible, but not guaranteed. Going form a 22 to a 25 is less likely, but certainly not impossible, especially if there really was a mistake on your TOEFL Writing markup.

  16. Tanya November 12, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi can any one suggest me…

    I got my tofel score with. S22, l28, w26, r29 and total is 105 .
    I am trying for Australia PR . But this time I need s23 and above . So can I go for rescore process? Will it help for my score ??
    And how much they charge for single section?
    How many days to get my score?
    Please explain me clearly because this is for PR not for study..

    Thank you

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

      ETS is pretty secretive about its rescore ranges. But based on what I’ve heard from a lot of TOEFL test-takers, when a rescore does lead to a score change, the score usually changes by just a point or two. So if your rescore does result in a different score, you definitely could gain a point and go to S23. That’s not guaranteed, of course. You could also lose a point or two, or have your score stay the same.

      The actual cost of a single-section rescore is $80USD. Rescores take approximately three weeks. You can see all of the details on how to request a rescore on the official TOEFL scoring services page.

  17. Nelson Velazco December 12, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    I took toefl on May and got w19, I’ve just needed 21. I decided to retake the test. I took the test again last week and got w20 but I think that I did much better. I am considering to request the rescore. What do you think?

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 13, 2016 at 9:18 am #

      I think I would recommend a rescore in this case, if you’ve got the money and time. If you’re pretty sure you did better than 20 and all you need is one extra point to reach your requirements, a rescore might help. It sounds like it definitely couldn’t hurt.

  18. Darya December 29, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Hi there
    I’m so down in the dump. Just got my TOEFL score and I think the writing part is unfair.
    I got :
    R 27
    L 26
    S 28 and
    R 21!!
    A teacher of mine insists on complaining to ETS and ask for re scoring. but I’m not sure.
    Please let me know what you think.
    Is there any tiny possibility if they even decrease my score? I don’t really want this!!!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Darya,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that your score can stay the same or decrease. Given that it’s a rescore, it will be new scorers who will review your Speaking and Writing sections, so the new score will be based upon their review. So, if you really believe that the present scorers did not properly follow the rubrics, then a rescore may be a good opportunity to easily increase your score. I would first check the rubrics in this blog post. However, if it’s likely that the scorers did follow the rubric, it may be better to retake the exam if you’re not satisfied with your results. Best of luck! 🙂

  19. Ditej January 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    Is it possible to get the wrong score at the Reading section, can it happen something like that? Because when I finished the test, I was sure that it was the section I worked the best at, but now I’m very dissapointed :/

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

      Hi Ditej,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation Ditej. Unfortunately, it’s not common for your Reading section to have a scoring error as this section and the Listening section are simply graded through a computer based on the answers you selected. However, if you feel compelled, you can feel free to contact ETS to discuss your situation. Please don’t be too hard on yourself. If you need to do a retake, try to do another practice exam to identify your potential mistakes. Perhaps, you made some simple careless errors that you can quickly readjust! Best of luck! 🙂

  20. Irene March 4, 2017 at 11:31 pm #

    Hello,

    Please my brother wrote the TOEFL test and scored 19 in his speaking test but he needs to score 20. should he request a rescore? he also registered for another but missed the exam as he was sick. Application deadline is April 14th. what do you advice?

    R-19
    L-25
    S-19
    W-22

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 5, 2017 at 12:32 am #

      Hi Irene,

      You can always request a rescore, but it is uncommon for this to result in a higher score. I would say if your brother can get to a TOEFL date in the next week or so, it might be safer to just take the test again knowing his skills are probably at the 20+ level! Alternatively, you can ask the school if there is some conditional acceptance they might be able to give in a case like this. That is sometimes an option. I tend to avoid rescore requests because they cost money and rarely result in a higher score. I hope this gives you some food for thought, and good luck to your brother! 🙂

  21. Matheus March 21, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Hello,

    I just submitted my form and I want to know how long did it take for you guys to receive the confirmation email or something others to inform you your request is in process?

  22. Vincent W March 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

    Hi, I just got my TOEFL score yesterday R27 L27 S19 W26 T99,
    But I got S23 in previous TOEFL test, I am quite upset to my speaking score…
    Do you think I have a big chance to get a better speaking score and even get 23 in speaking?
    What do you think?

    Thank you~

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 24, 2017 at 6:57 am #

      Hi Vincent,

      I have never seen a rescore request improve a grade by 4+ points. You are still a good candidate for asking for one, though, given the strength of your other three skills. If you have the funds for it and you do truly believe your speaking was better than a 19, you could definitely try. 🙂

  23. Dolie April 25, 2017 at 1:38 am #

    Hi, I just got my TOEFL results and I got R30 L30 S29 W20. I think this was really weird because I got Good (4.0-5.0) on the writing based on reading and listening, but I got Limited (1.0-2.0) on the writing based on knowledge and experience. I don’t think I did so badly as to get a limited on my writing task, would it be worth a remark?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 25, 2017 at 4:11 am #

      Hi Dolie,

      On the surface, that 20 seems suspicious. Your English skills are much stronger everywhere else, so that leaves me wondering if you perhaps did not properly answer the question as it was asked. That kind of thing can cause a lower score, even if the writing itself was of high quality. If you truly feel you answered the prompts properly, this might be a time that a rescore would make sense.

  24. celine May 2, 2017 at 7:49 am #

    hi i just got my toefl results r23 l21 s19 w19 and total 82 but i need just one more point for my university. should i pay them to rescore my point. Would it be worth a rescore?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 3, 2017 at 8:09 am #

      Hi Celine,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re in this situation. It’s hard to say what you should exactly do in this situation, as it is based on personal preference. First, ask yourself whether you believe that your speaking or writing score is definitely a bit off. If so, then a rescore may be something to consider. Please note that a rescore can result in a higher score, the same score, or even a lower score. The second question you have to ask yourself is whether your money and time will be better spent on preparing for the retake. You’ll likely have to prepare for a retake while you wait for the rescore. Now, you can definitely do both and then not take the exam if your score goes up.

      Regardless of your decision, I would recommend that you continue your preparation, so that all your current studies are still fresh in your mind. In the meantime, if you feel that your score may benefit from the rescore, it’s definitely something you can consider. I hope this helps a little. Best of luck Celine! 🙂

  25. Mia May 10, 2017 at 5:53 am #

    Hi, I am mia.
    I have a question: I took TOEFL test on 21-4-2017. And my scores are:
    R26,L22,S23,W25
    I need 26 in speaking.I repeated this exam 30 times and for 15 times I got 27,26 in speaking. I was repeating it because of the reading I need 22 but I got at that time 20,21.
    However, I applied for rescoring with a deep hope they will give it to me especially, I always got 27 in this section. They received the fax on 4-5-2017 and my score in the ETS official site became unavailable for three days{ I could not view it}, till yesterday {9-5-2017} I checked it, it reappeared with the same score. What does that mean? does this mean they will not give me the rescore and they finished the process in five days? or means nothing and I have to wait for three weeks to see the change. I can not believe they will not give it to me. Please, explain to me why the score disappeared then reappeared later? I am in deep pain. Thanks

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 10, 2017 at 8:50 am #

      This is a little bit strange… and very frustrating, I’m sure. It’s possible that the rescore got the exact same results as the original. It’s also possible that the rescore hasn’t been completed yet. That’ actually much more likely, since TOEFL rescores usually take three weeks, not just five days.

      In this situation, I recommend calling or emailing TOEFL customer service and asking them what’s happened. And if you get a chance, come back here and let us know how it turned out. Best of luck, and hopefully you’ll get some good news in the next two weeks!

  26. Deni May 17, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    Hi, all. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the Toefl rescore process. I took the Toefl and the first time my scores were R23 L26 S26 W23. So I asked for a rescore in writing as I needed only 1 point more to get the pharmacist certification in the US. They did not change my score.
    The second time I worked a lot and improved my writing and my scores on the May 6th test were R24 L26 S24 W25. As you can see my writing scores went even higher than the minimum required (24), yet my speaking dropped at 24 and I need 26. I felt that I spoke at the same level both of the times I took Toefl, or the second time even better because I finished each of the questions within the time frame. They give me Fair(2.5-3) for the familiar topic and campus situation and Good(3.5-4) for the academic topic.
    Please, advise me if I should ask for a re-evaluation of my speaking part. Would they increase my score from 24 to 26.
    Would you please, send me the link to print the form I need to fax to the ets for the rescore request, I do not remember how I got it last time.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 17, 2017 at 9:08 am #

      Hi Deni! I honestly doubt that a rescore is worth the time or your money. It is not common that the score changes. All the information about rescores is here: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/scoring/. Good luck!

  27. Ken June 4, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi magosh, how long does it take a score review request to be out ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Ken,

      According to ETS, your reviewed scores will be available around 3 weeks after you requires a score review 🙂

  28. yimyo July 5, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi Magoosh,

    How long does it take to get the score review result back?
    I heard about that for those who get an improved score, they get to know the score change after a week or so, while only for those whose scores don’t change have to wait for three weeks. Is that true?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 6, 2017 at 7:10 am #

      That isn’t true, to my knowledge. There is no official difference for wait times for rescores where your score changes and ones where they don’t. So if you’ve waited for more than a week so far, that’s good news– there’s still a chance your score could change, perhaps for the better. 🙂

  29. Marianna Ringel July 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Hello,
    Im confused from everything I read above.Long story short, my S23, but I need 26. I checked the report, all 3 parts were graded as “fair”, or 2.5-3″. I dont believe its correct, because I was terrible on familiar topic and so much better on campus and academic talks. How then all 3 parts could be graded the same? Please guide me, I am planning for score recheck, but I am not sure if I will be granted my 3 points.

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2017 at 7:07 am #

      If you are pretty sure you performed differently in Independent and Integrated Speaking, a rescore is definitely worth considering, You may gain the three points you need. But you also may not. That’s the unfortunate reality of rescores. You can’t predict whether they will help you or not. You may gain points, lose points, or have your score stay the same.

      Of course, if anything less than a 26 is completely useless to you, then a rescore may be worth the risk. In that case, if your score stays the same or goes down, you’re not worse off. It can be a tough decision to make though, I know!

  30. Beatrice July 13, 2017 at 2:44 am #

    The recent TOEFL score I got was 110 in total,
    R30, L29, S24, W27.

    I really did not have much time to prepare for speaking and writing, so I surely did not expect to get a 29/30 on both area.
    I know for sure that in writing section, I spelt a certain word wrong and did not build any conclusion paragraph. I’m pretty certain that W27 is what I deserve. I am going to keep the 27…
    Well, the issue is on the speaking. It was my first time testing my speaking skills in that time-measuring way so I was quite nervous at first and messed up a sentence on the first question of my speaking test. Then, I got back on the track and did a not-so-bad job on the my next tasks. Definitely not my 100% but I thought I did fine.
    I am not so familiar with their grading criteria…do you think that I should have received a 24 on my speaking section? btw I got fair/good/fair…

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 13, 2017 at 9:48 am #

      Because you had little experience in speaking and stumbled a bit, it sounds like a 24 really might be a fair score for how you did. Well it can’t hurt you to request a rescore, you’re more likely to get better results by studying and retaking the exam. It sounds like you’ve done a good job reflecting on your first TOEFL Speaking experience. 24 isn’t so bad for a first try, and you could probably do even better on your next try. 🙂

  31. Rashed Al Mamun August 24, 2017 at 2:49 am #

    I took Toefl exam on 12 Aug 2017. I have got R-29,L-27,S-22,W-29. But I need 23 in speaking part which is 1 point shortage from my desired score. Is it wise to review my speaking part or retake the exam again? I look forward to hearing your valuable suggestion.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 25, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

      Hi Rashed,

      I wish that I could help you out more, but this is a decision that you must make for yourself! As you read in this blog post, the are some risks in asking for a TOEFL rescore, and you should only do it if you are fairly certain that there was a mistake in your grading and that you deserve a better score. If you retake the exam, you have a good chance of increasing your score for all of the sections. Your choice really depends on your personal goals and how you think you did on the TOELF speaking section. I wish I could be more helpful, and I wish you the best of luck in making your decision.

  32. Khadija September 8, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    I got R-20, L-26, S-26, W-22. Should I request for rescore in writing? I gave the test on 27th August, 2017. ” And if you’ve already had your scores sent out, you can’t request a rescore at all. ” – what did you mean by this?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 8, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

      Your scores, if they are already sent, won’t be corrected, so it doesn’t matter if you get a rescore or not, in that case.

      As for whether you should… I doubt that it is going to help, unfortunately. If the writing score were very far from the rest of your scores, you would be a good candidate for a rescore, but this score seems within the possible realm. I would recommend not spending money on the rescore.

  33. K2 September 26, 2017 at 3:58 am #

    Did any one of you get your score change in rescoring? I got 23 (all fairs) in the speaking, but I need 26. I have received 26 and 27 in the past. I am thinking of rescoring because I thought I did good. But, recently no one have got score change after rescoring. What should I do? Thanks

  34. Samman October 3, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    Hi i got 24 in reading 21 in listening 23 in speaking and 24 in writing. My pharmacy school wants 26 in speaking so should i go for rescoring option because it’s difficult to retake the test.

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      While a rescore couldn’t hurt in this case, it may not help. Rescores usually only change your score by a point or two, rather than changing it by 3+ points. I’d recommend preparing for a retake, but also possibly applying for a rescore. You can always cancel the retake if the rescoring gets you to where you need to be.

  35. Ismaila October 12, 2017 at 1:31 am #

    Hello, I got below scores in my TOEFL yesterday. R-30, L-29, S-30, W-29. but i need 30

    in writing. is it advisable to go for re-score.

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 17, 2017 at 10:44 am #

      When yo’re just one point off, it definitely doesn’t hurt to ask for a rescore. But remember that rescores aren’t guaranteed. So be prepared to retake if need be.


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