TOEFL Scores and Conditional Acceptance

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have already seen Rita’s excellent infographic on the TOEFL score admission requirements. This infographic highlights the TOEFL scores you’ll need for full acceptance into America’s top universities.

For students who haven’t been able to get the minimum scores on that chart, I have some good news. Full acceptance isn’t the only kind of acceptance American universities offer. A growing number of U.S. programs now offer conditional acceptance to international students. Conditionally accepted students can enter a U.S. university on the condition that they improve their English after they arrive. Conditionally accepted students usually take special courses in academic English. They are also given a chance to retake the TOEFL after the get to the U.S. Once their English skills have improved, they may then be fully accepted into a degree program.

Not all universities conditionally accept students with low TOEFL scores. Conditional acceptance is most common at smaller public universities. Some conditional acceptance programs also set their own minimum TOEFL score. For example, a smaller school may accept TOEFL scores of 65 for general admission, but a score of 45 for conditional acceptance.

Much more commonly, however, these mid-sized universities don’t set a minimum TOEFL score. In fact, if you are interested in enrolling in a university English language program, you may not need a TOEFL score at all.

For those who still prefer a top university, I have more good news. Some top American universities are also starting to conditionally accept students with low TOEFL scores. Boston University conditionally accepts any student that is “able to speak, understand, write, and read simple English sentences.” Conditionally accepted students study English in BU’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP). There, they have a chance to raise their TOEFL score and be fully accepted. The University of San Francisco conditionally accepts students with a TOEFL score as low as 60. These students can start taking classes in their major right away. They study their degree part-time, while also taking academic English courses and re-taking the TOEFL.

More and more international students are applying to American universities. Because of this, more and more universities are offering conditional acceptance. If you are looking to study in America, be sure to look at the TOEFL scores required for both conditional and full acceptance. However, keep in mind that it is still very common for universities not to give conditional acceptance, especially if you are looking at top schools. In that case, you may need to take the test again and raise your TOEFL score through preparation.


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    David is a Test Prep Expert for Magoosh TOEFL and IELTS. Additionally, he's helped students with TOEIC, PET, FCE, BULATS, Eiken, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. David has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His work at Magoosh has been cited in many scholarly articles, his Master's Thesis is featured on the Reading with Pictures website, and he's presented at the WITESOL (link to PDF) and NAFSA conferences. David has taught K-12 ESL in South Korea as well as undergraduate English and MBA-level business English at American universities. He has also trained English teachers in America, Italy, and Peru. Come join David and the Magoosh team on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, or connect with him via LinkedIn!

114 Responses to TOEFL Scores and Conditional Acceptance

  1. Jack Robinson October 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm #


    I have been exempted by ETS from taking the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT.

    This means that I won’t receive a total score, but instead I will receive only section scores out of 30 on reading, writing and listening.

    In such a case, how should I approach universities, as some universities need a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL.


    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 17, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Good question! Don’t worry—schools will treat scores with exempted sections fairly. Often there are sub-section minimums you can follow and forget about the total minimum. Most likely, if the program requirement is 100 and no sub-section minimums are specified, your personal requirement will be 75 (3/4 of the total requirement). That depends on the admissions office, though; you might want to email them to check if you’re unsure!

  2. Francine December 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm #


    I would like to ask your opinion. My score in the TOEFL Ibt was 99 and I need 100 to get in the university that I want to. My speaking score was really bad: 24. I expected to get a little bit more than it at least, and I am really upset with this score. Do you know how the review process of the score is? Do you think I can improve my score? Is there any chance of they give me a lower score? I wonder how my score in the basic two questions were lower than in the other 4.

    Thank you so much for your help!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      Score reviews are a bit expensive and rarely change your score, so I don’t recommend them, personally. You can see the details here:

      Most likely, if the first two questions were your weakness, it’s because of accent/vocabulary/fluency/grammar. The other speaking tasks include your understanding of the source material, so if you understand everything well, you get a pretty high score even if you make some language mistakes. So focus on speaking clearly and correctly. 🙂

  3. Sammy January 5, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Is it possible to be granted admission if one didn’t meet the school requirement score? I took the IBT on the 19th of DEC 2014 and scored 78 while the school requirement score is 82. Do i still have a chance to be offered admission by the institution?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas January 6, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

      Ask the school you’re applying to if they have conditional acceptance—not all schools do!

    • Amuda shrestha April 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

      I have got 60 in my toefl exam but university of central Oklahoma requirements is 61.Do I still have chance to get admission?

      • David Recine
        David Recine April 19, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

        Form the University of Central Oklahoma’s web page for conditional acceptance, it looks like you can get conditional admission, even with a TOEFL iBT score of 60 rather than 61. You would need to take some ESL classes as one of the conditions of acceptance though.

        However, if you’re that close to the requirement, some universities may let you in without any conditions, provided the rest of your application materials are strong. You may want to contact UCO Admissions and ask them if they’ll consider fully accepting you instead of requiring you to take ESL classes when you arrive. It’s certainly worth checking!

        • faith September 26, 2018 at 9:44 am #

          Hi my name is Faith and i sored 62 which university can i apply for as an undergraduate international student

          • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
            Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

            Hi Faith,

            Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid we can’t really answer this question. I recommend that you do some research to find a school that fits your profile, interests and career goals, and then determine their admissions requirements. Good luck!

  4. Matt June 24, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Hi David – thanks for this helpful piece. Do you know of anywhere I can find a comprehensive list of all the schools that are willing to conditionally accept students with low TOEFL scores? The few schools you mentioned are helpful, but I would love to see more options. Thank you!

    • David Recine June 29, 2015 at 9:52 am #

      Hello Matt,

      That’s an excellent question. As far as I know, there is no comprehensive list of schools that offer conditional acceptance. A list like that would be hard to put together, actually. Conditional acceptance policies are a relatively new trend in American universities, and regulations for conditional acceptance are always changing. Additionally, some universities do not publicly post their conditional acceptance rules. As Lucas said in his comment above, you may need to actually contact a school to know for sure.

      That being said, you can find many schools that offer conditional acceptance through this Google search:

  5. sampad July 24, 2015 at 4:45 am #

    Dear Sir,

    Never had i expected to get a 100/120 with a non -English background and without any preparation.Just read your blogs inspiring enough to get the best out of any one. Thank you.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink July 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      I’m glad we could help you get there!

  6. alula February 1, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    thank you for sharing so much about TOEFL with us<3
    my TOEFL is 533and i don't know what is the highest score and whether this score is good or not,, i want to know the level of this score.. thank you

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

      Glad you’re enjoying our TOEFL posts, Alula. 🙂 If you have a score of 533, it sounds like you took the PBT? ETS itself unfortunately doesn’t have any official conversion charts for PBT and iBT equivalent scores. So universities usually look at unofficial third party equivalency scales like this one: .

      A 533 would likely be seen as equivalent to an iBT score in the high 60s or low 70s. This is definitely not the *highest* possible score, but it’s more than good enough to get you conditionally accepted at most campuses that offer conditional acceptance. And it is potentially good enough to get you into regular degree classes at many schools.

  7. vikas patel March 7, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    hi,,can i apply for degree in usa ,after completing diploma in civil in india,what is TOEFL scores required minimum to get admission

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      Well, as I’ve said in this post, you can have a very low TOEFL score and still be conditionally accepted at some schools. For full acceptance, you’ll likely need a minimum of 65 to get into schools that have the lowest full acceptance standards. And you’ll likely need anywhere from between 80 to 100 to get into a top school.

      All of these rules vary a lot though, so be sure to contact any school you’re applying to and check to see what they really require. And also check with schools to see if they treat India as a TOEFL-exempt country. Some universities do!

  8. Revathi March 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    Just saw your video on YouTube.

    I have applied to a university that needs an overall toefl score of 86 with no less than 20 component score.I have an overall of 93 but 17 in reading.My overall application is excellent as said by my coordinator at the university with a gpa of 4/4.I am a gold medalist of my university.

    They haven’t discussed with me any problems with my toefl score.
    But I want to ask will I be considered despite a small margin .

    Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

      Hi Revathi,

      This is a tough yet potentially hopeful situation. I’ve seen universities make exceptions for applicants like yourself. But I’ve also seen some universities that are very strict and don’t allow applicants to bend the rules, even if their applications are quite good. To know for sure, you’ll want to directly contact your university and check. If they haven’t said anything about your Reading score yet, that may or may not be a good sign. It’s better to know for sure. So talk to them and see what they say.

  9. SAMPAN April 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm #


    I want to know about universities which give conditional acceptance based on IELTS score.I have not yet appeared on IELTS,but in practice tests I have scored a band of 6.Can you name US universities that accept IELTS 6 band score.My GRE score is pretty good with 168 on Quantitative.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 11, 2016 at 9:00 am #

      Most universities in the US and Canada accept both the IELTS and TOEFL. ETS actually has an official score comparison page to help you convert IELTS to TOEFL. You can view these comparison tools here.

      As you can see, a score of IELTS band 6 is equivalent to a TOEFL range of 60-78. A lot of universities that accept both TOEFL and IELTS will treat a 6 on the IELTS as equivalent to 78. However, because the TOEFL range in TOEFL-to-IELTS conversion is so broad, some schools will do a different conversion than the official ETS one. Also you should know that in general it’s most common for universities to treat 6.5 or 7 as the minimal IELTS score.

      Of course, rules can vary a lot from school to school, especially if you’re eligible for conditional acceptance. Check with the schools you apply to and ask them if your IELTS 6 is acceptable to them.

  10. Awoyrmi Adepeju April 6, 2016 at 2:43 am #

    Can I get admission with a TOEFL score of 60 in any of Maryland University? Please, help me out. I need advice.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 7, 2016 at 2:33 am #

      Hi Awoyrmi,

      Thanks for reaching out. 🙂

      I looked at University of Maryland’s admissions and they said:

      “If English isn’t your native language—regardless of your citizenship—you must provide the university with verification of your proficiency in English. Have an official report of your scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the appropriate application date. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider all materials submitted in the application package to determine your level of English proficiency.”

      Since there is no minimum score, it could be okay, but I would encourage you to prepare to retake the TOEFL and push your score up! You want to show yourself as the strongest candidate possible, and if you can improve your TOEFL score, that would help you to do that. 🙂

  11. Sayed April 6, 2016 at 3:36 am #

    Dear Sir,

    I received a conditional admission for the master of arts with specialization in international relation, and the minimum score was 92 in the TOEFL iBT, but unfortunately I got 75 in the test, would it possible to be admitted or not?
    Meanwhile, I got 15 in reading and 13 in listening, How can I improve my skill in these two sections of the test.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 11, 2016 at 8:53 am #

      If you’ve already gotten conditional acceptance based on your score of 75, then you may need to take English classes only (no degree classes) until you can either retest at 92+ or demonstrate improved English abilities in other ways. If 92 was the minimum for conditional acceptance and you got a 75, you’ll likely need to retake the TOEFL and reach a 92 before you can get in. But policies can be different at different universities. To know for sure whether you’ll be accepted into a school or program, you’ll want to contact the college you applied to.

      Sorry to hear that your Listening and Reading scores aren’t where they need to be. That sounds frustrating! There are many ways to improve in these two areas, but the best way to improve depends a lot on you. Every student has different learning needs and different strengths and weaknesses. Think carefully about the strengths you can build on and the areas where you need to improve. Then make a plan of action that really works for you.

  12. Goutham May 3, 2016 at 8:40 am #

    Dear Sir,
    I have scored 61 in TOEFL. I have a three years of Work Experience in esteemed MNC with Bachelors and Master Degree ( and I am in search of Universities that can provide me admission/ conditional admission.


    • David Recine
      David Recine May 3, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

      Hi Goutham,

      It’s hard to name every specific school that might take you. But in my experience, a score of 61 will get you conditional acceptance into many schools, and might even get you UNconditional acceptance into some schools, especially smaller public universities and certain graduate programs. (Surprisingly, graduate programs sometimes actually have lower TOEFL requirements than undergrad ones!)

      I’ve also written a few posts highlighting conditional acceptance policies at specific universities in specific regions. You can read those posts here, here, and here. I plan on writing some more posts like this in the next few weeks, so keep an eye on the blog.

      Beyond that, I recommend this custom Google search (click the linked text!). This search allows you to browse conditional acceptance policies at many different US universities. You can actually modify that custom search for your personal needs by adding your score number to the Google query. This results in links to schools that offer conditional acceptance specifically for a score of 61 or higher.

  13. Muhammad zohaib June 13, 2016 at 2:15 am #

    Sir my toefl score is 63 ..can you please suggest me universities that accept this score..i shall be very thankful to you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2016 at 7:23 am #

      Hi Muhammad,

      In all honesty, it depends on what you are trying to do. Some undergraduate programs will allow you to enter with a minimum of 60 but for graduate level studies, you are typically required to have a higher score than that. Can you give me a but more information about what you’re trying to do so I can give you good advice? 🙂

  14. selim June 13, 2016 at 5:27 am #

    Dear sir,

    I have recieved a conditional acceptance letter from confederation college, they demanded minimum of 79 Toefl ibt score, and i got 73 , i have retested again in june and i got 72, is it possible to be accepted directly with the scores that i have ? am i obliged to do the ESL courses ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2016 at 7:25 am #

      Hi Selim,

      It sounds like you are going to have to adhere to the conditions of the college. Some universities require a minimum score and don’t have any concessions or conditions, so if you cannot get the TOEFL score up to 79, you will have to keep this in mind.

      It is hard to give you better advice without more details about what you’re trying to do. If you want to talk about this more, please let me know what you’re trying to study and any other relevant details. 🙂

  15. Sukhleen July 8, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    I toefl scotr is 84 and my gpa is 4 what are my chances of admission in following universities
    Kansas state university
    Wayne state university
    Wright state university
    California state university fresno

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      This is hard to say, as all of the universities you listed have different– and sometimes complicated— TOEFL score requirements. And the requirements can vary between grad and undergrad programs, and be different for different graduate degree tracks. Also, a number of these universities look at subscores. Kansas State for example prefers students who have a subscore of 21 or higher in each of the four TOEFL sections. (It’s possible to get an 84 overall and still not meet this requirement.)

      But to make a long story short, if you have a GPA of 4 on an American-style scale of 1 to 4 and your TOEFL is 84, you have a pretty good shot at a lot of schools, including the ones you listed. To get accurate advice on just how likely you are to be admitted, you really want to directly contact your target schools. They have all the most current information on score requirements, how flexible they are on score requirements, and whether or not they weigh other aspects of an application, such as GPA.

  16. Riken shah August 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    I have appeared thrice for toefl. 78 is the highest score amongst all. I want to apply for MIS program. Should I apply in following universities
    Illinois institute of technology
    New Jersey Institute of technology
    University of Texas, Arlington
    University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey
    If not then please suggest me some universities.
    Or else some solution like by taking English courses over there.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 16, 2016 at 4:08 am #

      Hi Riken,

      We are not admissions experts (we are test prep experts!) and as such, we don’t have a ton of advice for you regarding this issue. However, I will say that I typically see 80 as a cutoff for most programs and more competitive ones may expect closer to 90+.

      I wish I had some universities to suggest, but I am not an expert in MIS programs and I am also not qualified to help you find them. I would suggest finding a new way to study for the TOEFL to get yourself a higher score and also finding an admissions professional to help guide the next steps of your journey. A 78 is a good base to build on! 🙂

  17. Nankling Enoch August 30, 2016 at 12:53 am #

    I got 61in my TOEFL over 120. I don’t know if it’s a good score

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 5, 2016 at 8:58 am #

      That’s a low TOEFL score by most university standards. But you could probably get conditional acceptance at most universities and university-based English programs.

  18. Prakash September 6, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    Hi, I got 99 in Toefl. But in speaking, I was able to score only 19. Will this effect my chances to good universities like ASU,UFL.

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 13, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      To my knowledge, ASU and UFL only look at your whole-test score. Both universities require a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80, so you should be OK. Always carefully check the TOEFL requirements of any university you apply to, of course. Some universities do care about scores on individual sections of the TOEFL.

  19. SINDHU September 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    My toefl score is 86 with reading 17 will i get through with University of Texas ? As their reading cut off is 18

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 13, 2016 at 10:38 am #

      If you’re one point below a school’s cutoff, some schools may still be willing to accept you. Other schools are a lot more strict. I recommend contacting the University of Texas directly to see if you can still be accepted with a 17 in TOEFL Reading.

  20. tarun September 6, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    I have a score of 78 with 24 in Speaking and 16 in reading and my UG is 8.65 ,can I get admission in UMBC .

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 13, 2016 at 10:45 am #

      78 is just a little short of UMBC’s undergrad requirement. UMBC wants a TOEFL of 80 or higher. If you have an especially strong GPA and other aspects of your application are quite good, some universities will accept you even if your TOEFL score is a little lower than the minimum. I don’t know if UMBC is flexible in this way, though. My advice is to contact their admissions office and see if you can still be accepted, in spite of being two points short on your TOEFL iBT score.

  21. Hasti September 10, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    Dear David, Thank you so much for your information.
    I have B.Sc in Software Engineering. However I want to apply for Bachelor of Science again to get another bachelor. I got 78 in Toefl and my Diploma GPA is 19.60 out of 20.
    Can I get acceptance from top US universities with scholarships?

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 13, 2016 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Hasti,

      Although TOEFL score requirements at top schools can vary a lot, you’ll probably need at least a little higher than 78 to get into a top B of S program. To get a feel or the kind of score you’ll need at top American schools, check out Rita’s TOEFL Scores infographic.

  22. JS JUNAED September 16, 2016 at 2:11 am #

    which university accept toefl score at oklahoma?
    please give me some university name or link…..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

      To my knowledge, the TOEFL is accepted at every university in Oklahoma. (And every university in the USA.) I believe the University of Oklahoma System offers conditional acceptance to students with lower TOEFL scores on all of their campuses, through their ESL Program in Norman, Oklahoma. And if I recall, some individual private universities campuses, such as Oklahoma City University, also offer conditional acceptance and ESL courses.

  23. Xerin October 8, 2016 at 5:06 am #

    My toefl score is 78 but the minimum requirement is 79 at VIU . Is there a chance for me to be accepted without any conditions at VIU?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 8, 2016 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Xerin,

      Since it is stated that the minimum score is 79, it would be assumed that a score of 78 would not be accepted. However, I would contact the school directly to make sure!

      Hope this helps!

      • Xerin October 8, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

        okay sir .Please do inform me after contacting the school.thank you

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

          Hi Xerin,

          I apologize for the confusion. By stating “However, I would contact the school directly to make sure!,” I meant that it would be beneficial for you to contact the school directly to make sure. We do not personally contact schools as we focus primarily on preparing students for exams rather than admissions.

  24. Sangwoo Park October 9, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Hi! I am a high school senior in South Korea planning to apply to colleges in the US. My TOEFL score is 73, however, I believe that I would be able to increase this score.
    I’m trying to apply to a liberal arts college which requires a higher score than mine right now, and I want to apply as early for a better chance in financial aid. The problem is that my time is too short for a retake.
    Is it possible to apply with my low TOEFL score and later update my new one after the deadline? Or is there any other way that I could apply as early and not take the English program when I reached its minimum?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 11, 2016 at 4:14 am #

      Hi Sangwoo,

      This is a question you will need to bring up directly with the school(s) you’re considering. Different universities have different policies on this, so if you can work out an arrangement directly with the university, that would be best! If not, I would encourage you to apply directly with the best score you can to erase the additional stress. Good luck! 🙂

  25. Piyush October 17, 2016 at 12:00 am #

    Hi Sir,

    My toefl score is 79 and I have applied to csu fullerton.
    My Gre is 295 but my undergraduate percentage is 77% .I am also having 2.8 years of experience in IIT company .
    Please tell me whether I will be able to get an admit or not .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2016 at 2:57 am #

      Hi Piyush,

      Unfortunately, we are not admissions experts, and so you would be much better off asking an admissions counselor or the admissions department at the university. Your profile is not bad, but the entire application package matters a lot, so we are not the best people to guide you here. If you are in a position to be able to retake your exams and raise the scores, that always helps make your application more competitive! If that is not a possibility, you’ll need to emphasize your other strengths and write good essays. Good luck! 🙂

  26. Brij October 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    I got 88 in toefl but most school’s cut off is above 90. So do i have a chance of getting in to such schools?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2016 at 2:50 am #

      Hi Brij,

      It is possible you could be accepted, but typically with conditional acceptance as mentioned in this post. You would have to complete other requirements instead. If possible, I would suggest preparing to get those 2 extra points on a retake! If that’s not an option, ask your desired universities what you might have to do instead to gain acceptance with an 88. Good luck! 🙂

  27. Cpam November 7, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Hi i got a 72 on my toefl. My schools i want to apply are Florida State University, University of South Florida, and University of Central Florida. I am really worried and don’t know if i should apply even if they minimum score is 79 or 80. Please let me know if I should applt.

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 8, 2016 at 9:05 am #

      From what I know of those two universities, if you have a TOEFL score of 72, you can be conditionally accepted. However, you’ll need to spend at least one semester And possibly longer) taking ESL classes only, either through USF’s English Language Program or UCF’s English Institute. Make sure you contact the university’s directly though. The university itself will be able to give you the most accurate information about whether you can be conditionally accepted and what those conditions are.

  28. madhav November 15, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    my toefl score is 109 with a 28-29 score in all sections except speaking-23. will by speaking score affect my admission into top universities undergrad programs like harvard , cmu etc whose requirement is 100.i am applying for cs.

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 15, 2016 at 11:38 am #

      This will probably not cause problems for you at most top schools. A few schools have individual section-score requirements for the TOEFL, but the majority of schools just look at your whole test score. Make sure you double check the rules for each school you apply to, of course. And if you’re going to grad school, you should also check to see if the individual grad program your’e allying to has stricter rules than the school as a whole. But again, you’ll probably be OK for admission in most cases. 🙂

  29. ashwin December 9, 2016 at 2:20 am #

    Hi, I have cleared the minimum cut-off for the schools i want to apply to for toefl with a score of 90 R-20, L-24,S-22,W-24. I guess the minimum for all the schools (around 7-8) that i want to apply to have a cutoff of between either 78-90. I also meet the minimum section cutoffs
    However, the rest of my application is pretty good.
    Therefore, Please can you tell me if my above par toefl scores could affect my chances of admission amongst other students applying for the same program or is it just a ‘clear the cutoff type exam’?? . Please let me know,

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      That’s a great question, Ashwin. To make a long story short, having above-cutoff TOEFL scores usually increases your chances of getting admitted. If universities have more qualified applicants than they can actually admit, they usually do look at test scores.

      Exactly how important are your excellent TOEFL scores? That will vary from school to school. But I can tell you that it’s very rare for schools to treat the TOEFL as just a “minimum cutoff” exam, unless the university in questions isn’t very competitive.

  30. tejaswi December 14, 2016 at 4:54 am #

    i am tejaswi i scored toefl 72 at first attempt and scored 78 at second attempt.i have my gre just 275 and aggregate i am doing b pharm final year.i want to do masters in molecular and microbiology.please kindly help me suggest some universities

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 15, 2016 at 10:50 am #

      Hi there,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid I can’t help you much. I suggest that you start your research using the US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools website. Then, you can go to individual school websites and see what their GRE and TOEFL average scores are 🙂

  31. Umang December 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm #


    I recently took the Toefl test, I got a score of 92.
    Speaking : 23
    Writing : 24
    Listening :27
    Reading :18

    I messes up reading section, because the guy right behind me at tge test centre had speaking going on while I had reading section going on for me. He was kinda loud and I wasnt able to focus, missed 6-7 questions.
    Now my concern here is I am actually targetting for admission to PG-DIP courses in some colleges in Canada. I was going through the websites of these colleges and their minimum ELP requirement. Well with the score i have mentioned above I am meeting the individual score requirement in sections other than reading. Would colleges make an exception ans still make an offer ? I have good and relevant experience in the field of interest.

    I am targetting George Brown, Durham, Seneca, and Humber.
    Would anybody know if these colleges makes an exception on your score ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Umang,

      First of all, I’m sorry to hear about your unfortunate testing situation. An unexpected variable! Now, with regard to the score requirements, I think it is best for you to follow the score requirements laid out by the programs/institutions. What you can do is contact your programs to see if they do overlook this requirement or have any exceptions. Typically, you’ll find it best to satisfy these requirements, so that it’s not the cause of some miscommunication or other unfortunate situation. Still, it doesn’t hurt to inquire, because it’s not impossible that the program may have an exception! Good luck! 🙂

  32. Sowmya December 29, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Sir I have a GRE score of 292 and TOEFL score 92
    Doing BE medical electronics.
    BE cgpa 9.0 Till 6th Sem currently in final year
    Looking for biomedical engineering in university of Toronto .Is it sufficient to get in.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 29, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Sowmya,

      Thanks for your post 🙂 Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with GRE prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. Here are a few blog posts to help you evaluate your scores:

      What is a Good GRE Score?
      GRE Scores Infographic
      GRE Scores for Top Universities
      GRE Scores by Program Major

      In terms of TOEFL scores, typically schools have a certain cut-off. If your score is not above that cut-off, then the schools usually will not look closely at the rest of your application.

      With that in mind, I’d recommend directly contacting the schools/programs you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight, or check out the programs’ websites to see if they have any info regarding their GRE and/or TOEFL requirements 🙂

      I hope this helps, at least a little!

  33. sagar January 2, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    Hi I have score 52 in TOEFL IBT and I want to take admission in us university and want to do MBA l. There is any university who accepts this score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 3, 2017 at 5:35 am #

      Hi Sagar,

      At a 52, it is unlikely you will have an easy time gaining admission, especially for an MBA. I highly recommend tackling a TOEFL retake! 🙂

  34. thanveer January 2, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    Hello sir.
    my TOEFL score is 77. would like to know that, can i apply for the universities which accept TOEFL score of 61 or have to apply to the universities which accept 79 score? and my field is life sciences.. can you please help me with that

    Thanks in advance

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 3, 2017 at 5:36 am #

      Hi Thanveer,

      You can apply to any university you qualify for! So if they only want a 61, you’re in amazing shape! If they want a 79, you may be able to enter conditionally, but that will vary case-by-case. Good luck! 🙂

  35. Bruce January 14, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    Hello, My toefl score is 77, and most of the minimum score of the universities I applied for are 80. And I don’t have time to retake the test again. Is there any chance I could get into the admission with this score?George Washington U and Syracuse University are one of the university I applied, is there any possible chances I enter the university conditionally? ,

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Bruce,

      I recommend that you contact the universities and see what their policies are. Some schools are flexible in their minimum score requirements, and some aren’t. Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so it’s difficult to say with certainty what these universities will say. Contact their admissions departments and see what they say 🙂

  36. Ihi January 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    Hello, my Toefl score is 75… is there any chance of my getting admission @ western Illinois university, there general toefl score is 73 but the department own for graduate studies is 79

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 18, 2017 at 6:54 am #

      If the department requires a 79, the only admission I can see you getting would be conditional. You can ask admissions directly via email whether this will be enough or not. They can often tell you clearly. Good luck! 🙂

  37. sanket January 30, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    hi my name is sanket i got 62 in toefl and my gre marks is 298 i want to take admission this year can i get the admission in this score

    • David Recine
      David Recine January 31, 2017 at 1:49 am #

      Your TOEFL score of 62 can get you into many conditional acceptance programs. However, you’d probably need to raise your GRE score before you could take regular graduate school classes. Score policy varies a lot at different programs though. So be sure to check with individual grad schools and ask them if your scores can get you in.

  38. Teong Kim Hao February 13, 2017 at 2:49 am #

    Do I still need to take additional English courses at University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) when I achieved minimum toefl score? I got 75 marks for toefl (W=20) and I know that the requirement score is 71 with 20 in Writing section.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 13, 2017 at 8:11 am #

      Hi Teong Kim Hao!

      Thanks for writing 😀 Since each school/program follows their own policy, you will want to contact UNL directly to see what their policy is 🙂 On one hand, you have met their score requirements. On the other, taking an additional English course may be useful, especially to improve your writing skills, as you work in an all-English environment. Again, I’d definitely contact the program you’d be attending to find out what their requirements for you will be as a student.

      I hope this helps, at least a little!

  39. bhupinder February 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    my toefl score is 68 r=12,l=18,s=20,w=18, bsc aggregate is 67 , dmlt=65.9, diploma in digital and cyber crime=67, 6 year part time job experience, 2 paper presentation, 2 project, in which university for msc i apply in usa

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 14, 2017 at 1:09 am #

      Hi there 🙂

      Thanks for your post! Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with TOEFL prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. That said, when considering programs, you’ll want to compare your TOEFL scores to the minimum scores required by the program. If your scores are higher than the minimum, that’s great! If not, you’ll want to contact the program directly to see if the program considers candidates with scores that don’t quite reach that minimum.

      From there, you’ll also need to think about your GRE scores and the other parts of your application. Here are a few blog posts to help you evaluate your GRE scores:

      1. What is a Good GRE Score?
      2. GRE Scores Infographic
      3. GRE Scores by Program Major

      Additionally, I’d definitely recommend directly contacting the schools/programs you’re interested in to see if they can offer any further insight, or check out the programs’ websites to see if they have any info! This website is also a great place to start your research:

      * Best Grad Schools

      I hope this helps, at least a little 🙂

  40. Peter September 7, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    Good day Sir,
    I appreciate all the tips on toefl and admission. I just wrote my toefl test on the 26th August and my result is out. Am a non-native of the United states and I scored 63/120, which am not happy or rather comfortable with my score. Can I get admitted into top universities? Or should I re-take the test again?


    • David Recine
      David Recine September 7, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Hi Peter,

      Some top universities might accept you conditionally. But this would mean taking anywhere from one semester to a couple of years worth of ESL classes before you could begin your regular studies. So I’d definitely advise retaking the exam. If you cam get a higher score, you’ll have more options. And if not, you’ll still have conditional acceptance as an option.

  41. Peter September 7, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    Good day Sir,

    Am a non-native of America. I wrote my test on 26th August and the result is out which am not impressed with my score. I got 63/120. Can I get admitted into top universities with my score? Or should I re-take the test? Because am not so happy with myself right now.


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 7, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Peter,

      Your best bet, if you can do it, will be to retake the TOEFL. If you know you can do better and want to prove it to yourself and schools, this is the best way. 🙂

  42. Riki September 23, 2017 at 5:13 am #

    Hello sir.
    I really have an astonishing and weird score that I received in TOEFL test.
    I have scored a total of 88 with writing 29, speaking 28, listening 21 and very very sadly 10 in reading .
    I really want to know whether a score like this will be at all accepted by any university also if conditionally .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      Hi Riki,

      Yikes, that is surprising! Did you feel off about the writing, or did this surprise you? It might be tricky to get in with this score, and if you have a chance to retake the TOEFL to get a more balanced score, that might be a good idea. If not, you will have to ask on a case-by-case basis at each school. I think you have a good shot in some cases, but not all. Good luck! 🙂

  43. Cherry September 25, 2017 at 10:36 pm #


    I just got my Toefl score and overall its 67. I want to apply for graduate program and university’s of california. Is there any chances of universities accepting this score?

    Please help me..
    Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 26, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Cherry,

      There might be some programs that allow this conditionally, but for graduate programs, 67 is quite low. I would research the schools you like and see what their requirements are to be sure, but I would also plan to prepare for a retake. Good luck! 🙂

  44. Bella October 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Dear Sir,
    Hi, I just got 74 for my Toefl, but
    Purdue university
    Penn State university
    Michigan State university
    Virginia tech
    Minnesota twin-city
    are required more than 80…
    Do you think my score is effect to the acceptance??
    Please tell me no…😫😫😫😫😫

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 17, 2017 at 9:20 am #

      Hi Bella,

      Those are all very competitive universities, so unfortunately, a score of 74 will probably prevent you from being accepted into a regular degree program. Some schools, however, may have conditional acceptance, as mentioned in this blog post. It wouldn’t hurt to check. But if you still have time, I’d say it wouldn’t hurt to go for a retake either. Who knows? You may be able to reach that 80 on the second try!

  45. Samar October 24, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Hi., I was interested in a program at University of Maryland. My toefl score 96. So i would get a conditional acceptance and need to enroll in English Bridge program. But what if i get an admit and then if i retake my toefl and score > 100 ? Is the updated score considered?

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 24, 2017 at 11:48 am #

      Samar, programs usually will consider an updated TOEFL score. However, every university has different policies. Double check with your university to make sure that a TOEFL retake after admittance can be accepted.

  46. Monty November 27, 2017 at 4:42 am #

    Hi I have scored 96 in TOEFL
    My score is at par for the course in which I want to graduate but what are the chances of getting RA and TA for below 100 score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

      Hi Monty,

      This really depends on the school–some schools might require a higher TOEFL score to be considered for TA/RA positions, and some may not. I recommend that you do some research on your target schools to determine if they have a minimum score for TA/RA positions.

  47. Anusha November 28, 2017 at 5:21 am #

    Hi. I have scored 79 in TOEFL ibt. I have problem in getting in good colleges as most of them have really high minimum score. Can I get in Howard University with the score of 79 in TOEFL? Can you also recommend me some good universities that accepts TOEFL ibt of 79?

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 28, 2017 at 9:50 am #

      Howard University currently asks for a 90 on the TOEFL. A 79 can still get you into many fairly good colleges. A TOEFL of 79 will get you into most small public universities. Smaller public universities offer a decent quality of education, although most are ranked as mid-tier schools rather than top schools. And if you can boost your TOEFL by just one point, a lot more doors can open to you. With an 80 on the TOEFL iBT, you’re eligible for many larger public universities with that could be considered upper mid-tier, or perhaps top 100, depending on the program. The University of California Santa Cruz is a good example of a larger, very well-ranked public university that asks for an 80 on the TOEFL. There are many other examples as well.

  48. Manpreet November 29, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    hi … i have scored 75 in toefl. Can i get admission in university of houston which has cut off 80… or i need to retake toefl.. plz help me

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

      That is a decision that University of Houston needs to make. You can contact them to ask, but it looks like you might need to prepare for a TOEFL retake. Good luck!

  49. Saheli May 30, 2018 at 7:15 am #

    Hi, I have scored 73 in Toefl. Can I get a phd position in trinity college dublin? please reply fast.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 30, 2018 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Saheli,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so we’re not the best people to answer this question for you! I recommend that you check out the admissions information on Trinity College’s website, and contact their admissions department for more information!

  50. Krishna May 30, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    I am applying for a university in canada. My overall score is 88 which meets the overall requirement but i have a score of 18 in the listening section with 20+ in all the other sections. Do u think the university would consider giving admission?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 30, 2018 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Krishna,

      I recommend that you contact the university directly. Each university has it’s own requirements and policies, so it’s a good idea to get information straight from the source!

  51. khadija October 15, 2018 at 12:29 am #

    hi, I have scored 58 in toefl. are there any university that I can apply for master’s program.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 19, 2018 at 7:27 am #

      Hi Khadija,

      A 58 is fairly low, so if you get accepted, you will likely have a conditional acceptance. This may also not qualify you for visas, depending on the country. Have you done some research into the thresholds for programs you want to enter? That’s the best way to assess your score.

  52. JETH October 30, 2018 at 11:43 am #

    I got 99 on my TOEFL, some schools explicitly mention a minimum requirement of 100. So should I take a chance and apply to these schools or let it go ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

      Hi Jeth,

      If you can muster another go at the TOEFL, it might be worth seeing if you can sail past that line. Often, the English exam scores are less flexible than other exam scores, so I would not advise assuming you can make it without reaching out to the admissions department. Good luck!

  53. Negar November 17, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    Hello sir, I got 82 in toefl with only listening under 20 ( I got 18) and I want to apply for Master degree Tourism and Hospitality management, DoI have any chance?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 20, 2018 at 6:39 am #

      Hi Negar,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid I’m not the best person to answer your question! I recommend that you do some research into your target schools and their admissions requirements 🙂 Good luck!

  54. Nitin Pawar February 3, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

    My gre score is 277 & toefl score is 74
    I’ve shortlisted these universities
    Idaho state
    Montana state
    Missisippi state
    Kennesaw state
    Purdue Indianapolis

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 4, 2019 at 6:49 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your list with us, Nitin!

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