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  1. Josna Joseph K December 13, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    Recently, I got my TOEFL score, its only 68/120. If I retake the exam, would the university consider the average of the two score or the highest score?? Please help me to clear this doubt.

    Josna Joseph K

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 16, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      How schools interpret multiple scores varies between schools, but if you choose schools to submit scores to after taking the test (for a fee), then you can choose which scores to send. But if you already chose to send your scores for free before taking the test, then you may end up sending more than one score report to a school. Usually, they consider the highest score, as long as it’s relatively recent. I’ve never heard of an admissions office averaging the scores, but again, this varies from program to program.

  2. Sapphire March 20, 2015 at 5:45 am #

    I took TOEFL few weeks ago and I got 24 in the speaking section. I need a minimum score of 26 for immigration purposes. If I will ask for a rescoring which costs $80 do you think my score will reach 26? Or I should retake the exam.

    • David Recine March 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

      Hello Sapphire,

      Sorry to hear you haven’t yet reached your target score! Whether or not you should retake the TOEFL depends on a lot of factors. For example, is there a deadline for you to retake and resubmit your score? If so, do you think you’ll have enough time to study before the retake? Or at least enough study time to boost your Speaking score by two points?

      You’ll also want to really examine why you didn’t get the score you wanted the first time around. If you scored lower than expected because of poor sleep, insufficient study time, etc, you may be able to do much better on the retake if the circumstances are different.

      Lucas wrote a whole post about weighing this decision. I definitely recommend reading it: .

  3. Teong Kim Hao November 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    I have took toefl test twice, and I have got 75 in both of them. I got 19, 17, 19 and 20 in reading, listing, speaking and writing respectively. And in second test, I got 21, 19, 17 and 18 respectively. It got me really really depressed. Am I really bad in English and TOEFL?

    Do you have any suggestions for me on how should I prepare for TOEFL? And how should I build general english skills as well? I am planning to retake it on January 7 and I will not start preparing until December 9 as for now I am preparing for my finals. Will that become too rush to prepare in a month? Should I change my exam date after January 7?

    Forget to mention, I am planning to get 79 on toefl

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

      If you’re looking to boost your score by just 4 points, this is probably pretty doable in 6 weeks.

      Often when a TOEFL score gets “stuck,” the problem is more related to test strategy skills than to general language skills. So as you study for the retake, be sure to understand test structure and associated strategies. Look into the question types for TOEFL Reading and TOEFL Listening, and develop good multiple choice strategies for both. Learn the specific strategies for TOEFL pacing, TOEFL note-taking, and properly organizing good responses in for the different TOEFL Speaking Tasks and TOEFL Writing Tasks.

      And of course, if you have a Magoosh TOEFL Premium subscription, we have tons of extra video lessons and questions with in-depth answer explanations. These are also wonderful for helping you boost your skills and get up to 79+ by test day.

      • CAROLINA SOTO April 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm #




        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

          Hi Carolina,

          Please feel free to use the “Help” icon to request more information about the Premium Subscription from one of our Community Help specialists. This is often the best medium in which to contact our representative. However, you can also give us a ring at 1-855-MAGOOSH (1-855-624-6674). You’ll be able to leave us a message, and we’ll call you back from there. 🙂

  4. Nicolay August 13, 2018 at 8:47 am #

    Hi, my name is Nicolay, I have already took the test and I bought 2 books, they are OFFICIAL TOEFL IBT TEST VOLUME 1 AND 2, both with CD, do I need to buy the toefl guide fourth edition or not?, please write me, thank youu

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 16, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      Most of the Magoosh TOEFL study plans require the Official Guide. This is because the TOEFL OG contains a number of tutorial/training chapters in addition to its official tests. However, if you just have those first two books, you should have plenty of practice tests. (Also, if you are considering the OG, you may want to buy the fifth edition of the Official Guide to the TOEFL. It has one more practice test than the previous editions.)

  5. Themis November 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Hello Magoosh family,

    According to the study plan, you recommend having the 4th edition of the Official Guide. Would it be okay if I purchase the 5th combined of course with the magoosh toefl prep guide or the plan is only suited for the 4th?

    Thank you:)

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 25, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

      Hi Themis,

      You can use whichever edition of the Official Guide that you prefer and are able to access! The Official Guide does not change much year to year, so the content and study questions remain mostly the same. We try to provide instructions that allow you to find the correct content in any version of the Official Guide. Please note that the newest editions tend to be more expensive than earlier editions, so it’s generally more economical to purchase an earlier version. Any edition will work, however 🙂

  6. Olga March 12, 2019 at 5:06 am #

    Hello everybody! Just wanted to say thanks to Magoosh team for helping me in preparation, I got a score of 107 in 2 weeks of preparation with Magoosh and official trial test from TOEFL^^

    • David Recine
      David Recine March 12, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      Thanks for your kind words, Olga!

  7. Rubina August 13, 2019 at 11:05 am #

    Hello Magoosh team,

    I had given TOEFL on 3 August 2019 and I received my online scores just now. I have got 106 in my first attempt (R:26, L:30, S:23, W:27)[speaking scores are a bit low though]. I am really happy with the scores and your one month plan. Thanks a lottt…

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 15, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

      Congrats on your score, Rubina! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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