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What’s Your TOEFL Percentile?

You’ve just taken the TOEFL (or a TOEFL practice test), and you’ve received a score in the form of a number from 0 – 120. But what does this number mean? How does this score compare to everyone else’s score? That’s where score percentiles come in!

TOEFL Percentile Breakdown

Score percentiles tell you how your score compares to everyone else’s. Your “percentile” tells you what percentage of test-takers you scored better than. For example, if your score puts you in the 75th percentile, this means that you scored higher than 75% of all test-takers. You can find out your percentile rank with this chart:

 

Total Scale Score Percentile Rank
120 100
116 99
112 97
108 93
104 88
100 81
96 74
92 67
88 59
84 51
80 44
76 37
72 31
68 25
64 20
60 16
56 13
52 10
48 8
44 6
40 4
36 3
32 2
28 1
24 1
20
16
12
8
4
0

So, if you scored a 116, you scored better than 99% of all test-takers (according to this data from ETS).

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Does your TOEFL score percentile matter?

Yes, and no. Your score on the TOEFL matters, of course. But, that’s all that universities will look at — they won’t also check your percentile rank. As long as your score meets the requirements for the universities you’re applying to, then that’s all that matters. Here are some requirements for top universities, and you can learn more about what makes a “good” TOEFL score in this post. If you’d like to improve your score so that you meet your universities’ requirements, take a look at our online TOEFL preparation course!

Percentiles are just a useful way to help you compare yourself to the general population of TOEFL test-takers. And if your percentile isn’t as high as you’d like it to be, don’t worry! When you apply to universities, you won’t be measured against everyone else who took the TOEFL — only the students who are also applying to the same universities as you. So, be sure to check out those score requirements above, and happy studying!

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4 Responses to What’s Your TOEFL Percentile?

  1. Shae April 4, 2017 at 12:40 am #

    My friend requires an total score of 80 on his test. He needs 20 in all sections. Your percentile table gives me hope. It is only the 44th percentile and I think he can do that. But still my anxiety won’t be gone until we get the test results. 🙁

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 4, 2017 at 12:43 am #

      I’m glad this could help ease some of the anxiety for both you and your friend. 🙂 Some test day anxiety is normal, of course. But hopefully your friend can go into the test center feeling relaxed and confident. A good mood can help someone get a good score.

  2. rishu June 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    I got 100 in total. r:26, L:28, S:23, W:23. How competent is this score>?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Rishu,

      Congrats on taking the TOEFL! A 100 is a solid TOEFL score, and you performed better than 80% of test-takers. However, the answer to this question really depends on what school you are applying to! Each school will have it’s own requirement. I recommend that you research the programs you are interested in and determine their score requirements–that is the best way to determine if your score is where you need it to be 🙂


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