What TOEFL Scores Do You Need for Your Dream University? (Infographic)

Good TOEFL scores for top universities — and your TOEFL results

If you’re taking the TOEFL as part of your college applications, you’re probably asking yourself, “Is my TOEFL score good enough to get me accepted to my dream program?”

If you don’t know what score to aim for, the test stress won’t stop — even after you’ve received your results (ETS posts TOEFL scores online about 10 days after the test date). How do you know if your TOEFL score is good enough?

The answer? It depends on where you’re applying.

Good TOEFL results are the scores that meet (or exceed) the minimum requirements for the program you want to attend. Each university has a different required or recommended TOEFL score range for each of their programs. It’s important to find out what your dream university considers a top TOEFL score. Once you know what score to aim for, you can plan your TOEFL preparation around that goal.

Finally, keep in mind that the August 2019 changes to the exam included changes to the way scores are considered. The TOEFL now includes “superscoring,” which means that your best scores over multiple attempts can be grouped together. You can read more about that here and here.

TOEFL scores infographic

On the other hand, your TOEFL results already may place your dream school within your reach. Find out what score you need to get on the TOEFL by consulting our helpful new infographic! This new resource provides the minimum required and/or recommended TOEFL scores for some of the top universities. Check it out!

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(Updated: July 2020)

TOEFL Scores Infographic-magoosh

Did you find your university? If not, you can research your university’s minimum required score by visiting their website or contacting their admissions office. 🙂

Want more information on how TOEFL scoring works? You can check out our article on TOEFL score reports, and keep reading for more info!

TOEFL scoring basics

The TOEFL iBT test is broken into four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Each section is worth a maximum of 30 points, for a possible combined score of 120.

The TOEFL is a standardized exam, which means that ETS uses a specific (and secret) calculation to generate your final score. This process of equating scores compensates for the fact that some versions of the TOEFL exam are more difficult than other versions, ultimately making all scores directly comparable.

TOEFL score ranking

As you can see from the infographic, different universities – and even different programs within universities – require different scores. This makes ranking TOEFL scores extra challenging.

The important thing to understand is that there isn’t one good score. Instead, each program has a preferred score range. Knowing your program’s preferences will help you plan your TOEFL preparation and allow you to set a personal score goal.

And before you go …

Have any questions? Like our infographic? Let us know by leaving a comment below and sharing with your friends! 🙂

This post was originally published in July 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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225 Responses to What TOEFL Scores Do You Need for Your Dream University? (Infographic)

  1. marius July 12, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Dear Magoosh instructors,
    I am grateful for this infographic and the clarity it contains. I am a French native and recently I’ve taken my first TOEFL test and got my score: 95 (R: 20, L:27, S:23, W: 25).
    Even if I am happy with such a performance, I will have to sit for the test again because I need a score of 100 minimum. I often read your post and like your objective views and tips about the TOEFL. Thanks and keep it up=

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Hello Marius,

      I am so happy to hear that you found the infographic useful, and that you enjoy our blog posts. 🙂 Thank you so much for following the TOEFL blog. Congratulations on your wonderful TOEFL score … you are so close to your goal. Bon courage!


    • Ankit goyal November 4, 2019 at 2:20 am #

      Maam i want to know for arizona state university georgia tech university northeastern university

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2020 at 9:28 am #

        Hi Ankit,
        We recommend contacting each of those schools directly to make sure you have the most accurate, up-to-date information on their admissions requirements. And remember that different programs and departments may also have their own score requirement.
        Good luck with your applications! 🙂

  2. Mauricio July 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm #


    How come Berkeley asks for a 68 on the TOEFL, while other universities are in 100 pts.

    Much regards

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi Mauricio,

      I was surprised too! 🙂

      This answer is that it’s difficult to know for sure why Berkeley’s minimum required TOEFL score for graduate admissions is so low compared to other equally impressive universities. But here are some thoughts:

      1) This minimum required TOEFL score is a general one for all graduate admissions at UC Berkeley. I would guess that different programs within UC Berkeley have different preferences, which are likely higher than this general score.

      2) Each university has a different interpretation of a good TOEFL score, which is to say that each university has a different interpretation of the level of English a student would need in order to do well in a class in their program. Some universities put more faith in the TOEFL’s ability to test English skills than other universities do. In fact, a lot of universities (especially in the UK) don’t require TOEFL scores at all, and use other methods of determining whether international students are fluent enough in English to attend.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if I can help answer any other questions you make have.


      • Fatemeh September 30, 2014 at 11:23 am #


        The minimum TOEFL score required by Berkeley has been increased to 90 points.

        reference: http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/requirements/


        • Lucas Fink
          Lucas October 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

          Hi Fatemeh,

          You’re right! We’re going to update the infographic as soon as we can. Thanks!

  3. Muhammad Khurram Qureshi July 26, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Hello. I did gave TOEFL back in 2011 and got 108. I scored well in all the sections except the speaking section where I got a 23. Now I have to retake the TOEFL exam but I definitely want to improve my TOEFL speaking score. The two problems that I faced in the speaking section were as follows:
    1. I am not a natural fluent speaker.
    2. There was too much noise in the test center (Other people were also speaking at the same time).
    Can you please give me some advice on how I could improve my speaking score?
    Many Thanks.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 28, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Muhammad,

      Thanks for your question! 🙂

      Many students find the speaking section of the TOEFL to be the most difficult part of the test. It can definitely be a challenge to practice speaking a foreign language on your own. In terms of the two problems you mentioned, there are definitely things you can do to overcome them a bit:

      1) You are not a natural fluent speaker: The TOEFL doesn’t expect you to speak like you are fluent in English. However, the scorers must be able to understand you. This post on Improving your pronunciation for the TOEFL gives you tips for identifying the parts of your English pronunciation that need the most work, as well as strategies for improving your pronunciation. I definitely recommend giving it a read!

      2) The test center was noisy: This is a definite challenge of the TOEFL. Everyone taking the test at the same time is speaking at the same time! It makes it difficult to concentrate. I’d recommend that you play music or have the TV on when you practice TOEFL speaking, so that you get used to ignoring distracting noises. Practice staying focused on your own thoughts, and even write down some notes on paper as you speak so that you remember what you were planning to say, and don’t get thrown off by distracting noises around you. Here is a list of topics you’ll talk about on the TOEFL, to help guide your practice.

      Here are two other blog posts that you might find useful: How to Practice TOEFL Speaking and TOEFL Speaking Practice.

      I hope that you find this advice useful! Good luck retaking the TOEFL. 🙂

      • Madina April 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

        Very useful information! Thank you!

        • Rita Neumann
          Rita Kreig April 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

          You are so welcome! 🙂

  4. alex July 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    I did like the infographic , but next time hopefully u guys post a good methods to pass the test successfully

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 28, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Alex,

      I’m glad you like the infographic, and thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

      If you’d like some more strategies for passing the TOEFL, please explore some of the other posts on our TOEFL Blog – we write a lot about TOEFL exam strategies each week. We divide the strategies by the different sections of the TOEFL exam: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. If you look at the top menu bar of the blog, you can click on the links and easily navigate to posts that’ll help you learn to pass each section of the test successfully. 🙂

      Happy Studying!

  5. Ciccio August 1, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    Hi guys,
    thanks for the infographic! Very useful!

    Do you have any experiences of people getting their scores before the 10-days? I took the toefl on the 26th of july, and now I’m waiting… but waiting is hard! Will I get an email stating that my scores are ready to consult?


    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas August 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      You’re welcome! It generally takes the full 10 days, I’m afraid—sometimes a couple days more. But you will get an email, yes. 🙂

    • Maria Denisse August 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

      Hey Ciccio,

      I took the test the same day as you did, and I just got my results a couple o hours ago! 🙂

      Try checking your email

      • kapil August 23, 2014 at 9:09 am #

        What? Did u get your result in 5days ?

  6. Robin Renardi August 10, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Hello, i hope you can help me to give me some important information.
    I want to apply to both UC Berkeley and Stanford.This is what i’m worrying about, actually, Stanford and UC. Berkeley stated that they need 90 in TOEFL IBT as the minimum requirement. However, i got only 91 and right now i’m confused to retake it or not. And from your opinion, is TOEFL a test that need to be scored as high as possible or just fulfill the requirement? But the way, the graph is really helping.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas August 11, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Robin. First, congrats on that 91! From my experience, you only need to meet the minimum for most, if not all, schools. Once that minimum is reached, it’s time to focus on other parts of the application. Schools only use the TOEFL to see whether you’ll be able to communicate in English well enough. It’s not a measure of your academic capability, like the rest of your application. So don’t worry about it if you’re a bit close to the minimum! That should be enough. 🙂 If you want to be certain, though, I recommend emailing the admissions offices at Stanford and Berkeley to see if they value higher TOEFL score in applicants. And I’m glad you like the infographic!

  7. kapil August 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    So you got your results in 5 days ? :O

  8. Frenci September 9, 2014 at 2:43 am #


    What if I get 108 points and the school requires 110 points?

    Do I need to retake the test?


    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas September 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

      That depends on the program you’re applying to. Email them to ask if the information isn’t on their site. Good luck!

  9. francis September 12, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Pls am a little bit confuse here, I thought when you reach the minimum score of what the university you applied required you have automatically qualify for the admission to study in your dream school you applied for.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas September 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      The TOEFL is just a test of your English ability, nothing more. If you reach the minimum score, then a school will consider the other parts of your application. That includes other test scores (like the GRE), your academic history, your recommendations, and your statement of purpose (application essay). An application includes many pieces! But keep in mind that some schools don’t have minimum scores. Some schools look at your TOEFL scores next to the rest of your application, so they have recommended scores but will also value other parts of your application.

  10. Visaradha September 25, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    Hi, My husband has written Ielts for 4 times till now for the migration purpose to Australia, but unfortunately he could not get the required band 7 score….Later when he heard about the news that the Australian people will accept Toefl scores for skilled migration from November 2014, he gave an attempt this month and he received his scores today…R-28, L-30,W-24,S-29…but everything in the score is ok as compared to band 7 ielts but when it came to writing part it is 24 where it is not equal to band 7 Ielts…..now my question is that can my husband take an other exam next month and produce those scores or after giving another attempt if the scores are less than the previous scores, can he give produce the previous scores to australian government as the scores are valid till 2 years…
    Does any one of you have any idea of confirmation acceptance of Toefl scores for skilled migration from November 2014.

    Thanks in advance

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas September 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      I’m sorry to hear it’s been so tough to get past the IELTS requirement! I don’t know much about Australian immigration policy, but I do know how ETS sends scores. When you take the TOEFL, you have the opportunity to choose four institutions to send scores to. Those are free. The institution will only receive the scores from that test date. You can order score reports later, too, but it costs 19 dollars. And yes, you can choose which date’s scores to send.

      So if your husband takes the test again, he can choose which test date to send the scores of, but only if he orders the reports later, not with the free reports on test day. However, I think the Australian government will only consider the test date with the highest scores (you cannot choose individual sections from different dates, though). If that’s the case, then he should just send his scores for free every time he takes the test. I’m not sure about their policies, though, since I’m not an expert on immigration, so you should research that to be sure.

  11. Harsh October 4, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    I want to know how is the scoring for reading and listening sections based. Is it based on the percentile system. For example, if I am 100 percentile so my score is 30/30, if I’m 95 percentile so my score can be 29/30 etc.
    Or is the score based on the number of correct questions. Like if I marked 21/42 correct so proportionally I get 15/30.
    Thank you.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      The TOEFL is a standardized test, which means that the scoring is standardized across versions of the test. So if you take the TOEFL in November and another TOEFL in December, you will see two different tests. It’s possible that one test was slightly more difficult or slightly easier than the other test. So the scores are not perfectly correlated from raw to scaled. 75% correct on one test might give a different score than 75% on another test. Percentiles are a better way to compare, but they’re also not correlated so simply. The only way to get a scaled test score is to use a conversion table that is specific to the practice test. There is no way to convert perfectly for ALL versions of the test.

      You can get a rough idea from this blog post, though. Just keep in mind it is only for estimation.

  12. M October 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Hello, Lucas. I’m worrying about my TOEFL scores, hope you can help me. Last December I got 97 /120 (R25 L25 S23 W24) but some schools require 100/120. So I retook the test last month and ordered ETS to send score to my targeted school because I didn’t think that my score would get lower and I didn’t want to pay additional $19/school later. Unfortunately, my score has dropped to 90/120 (R22 L21 S22 W25). So I’m worrying that even I send my 97/120 score to these school, will they think that my score decreases? Or they’ll just consider only my best score?
    Finally, if my score is slightly less than 100, will I have any chance for conditional offer? Retaking is so exhaustive, and expensive. Thanks!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      I know what you mean about retaking being exhaustive. Studying again, paying again, and taking the test again is not something you want to take lightly. How schools view your scores varies by the program and department, so I can’t say for certain how they will judge your two scores that you sent. From my experience, they usually look only at the higher score, as long as it’s still valid (yours is, since it’s from fairly recently). But you should email them to check if you’re not sure.

      As for conditional acceptance, that depends entirely on the school. Some will offer it, some will not. Again, you’ll have to email them to find out for certain.

  13. pushkar patil October 24, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Hello, sir/mam,

    I am graduate student from University Of Pune India in Engg. Stream. Recently, i gave toefl exam and i got 73 marks. I am seeking for study in germany for M.S. So, is this valid score for application? And what is minimum criteria for application? Or Should i repeat the toefl exam?
    And if my marks drops then can i apply on basis of old marks?

    Thanking you

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      I wish I could be of more help, but that’s a question for the programs that you’re applying to! Contact them if you’re unsure of their requirements. I can tell you, though, that you can choose to send any specific set of scores to schools. You can choose before you take the test for free, or after you see the score for a price. Good luck!

  14. Sarah October 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Hi Lucas, do you know what is the average TOEFL score for students studying in Washington University in St. Louis? I got a 99 (R23 L27 S24 W25) for the 10/17 test and I am worried that the score is too low for applying to the school. Thank you!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      I’m afraid I don’t, but a 99 is a very good score and is enough for many schools! If you can’t find the information on Washington University’s website, try emailing them. 🙂

  15. Rohan October 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    Dear instructor,
    Thank you for the wonderful infographic.it was really helpful. I gave my first toefl recently and scored 95(r:20,l:28,s:23,w:24).your blog has helped me a lot.I wanted to ask that is this score decent or should I retake the test.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas November 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      That depends on where you’re applying to! Some schools require 100 or higher—if you’re applying to a school with a high minimum like that, you might need to retake the test. But some only require 80 or even less. Look into the programs that you’re interested in to find out. 🙂

  16. Gabo November 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    Hello Lucas! I would like to ask you about a doubt that I have. I took the TOEFL test two times and I had two different results: in one I have 95 (21R 28L 22S 24W) and in the other 102 (29R 29L 18S 26W). By the total score, I could choose the second option; however I am very worry about the 18S, because I’m interested in apply for a TA fellowship. Because of this, what should I choose?

    Great post! Thanks for all!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas November 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

      Email the school to check their requirements for TA positions, first. Check if they have a minimum speaking score. Most likely, you will want to submit both scores so the school knows you’re capable of getting that higher speaking score.

  17. Big B November 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Hey, I just wanted to note that it’s not entirely accurate to say that Princeton requires a 28 in the speaking section for graduates. What they say is that if you don’t score 28 you’ll have to take a placement test, and if you don’t pass it you’ll have to take English classes.

    In fact, Princeton doesn’t have a minimum score for graduate studies at all! It’s rather each department which is in charge of setting their minimum score bars. So, for instance, your department might be willing to take you in with an 18 speaking score. All that means is that you’ll be forced to take the classes.

    I’m applying for a PhD in Philosophy in the US, and no department has asked me a score higher than 100. Hoewever, most ask for a 23 in speaking.

    Yet, there is an explanation for Princeton’s 28 mark: In every university I’m applying for if you want to get a teaching assitantship you have to score 28 in the speaking section or else enrol in speaking classes, regardless of the department’s minimum. This is a legal requirement. So Princeton’s benchmark is simply the standard one everyone uses for the purposes of teaching assistantships, and it’s better to understand it as such rather than as a blanket minimum.

    (And I did get a 28 in speaking. And a 118 overall. Without tutoring and only 3 days of preparation with ETS’s book! But then again, I’ve been in the UK for 4 years, and I’ve been learning English for 16 years…)

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas November 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks for your input! You’re right that there is no minimum for Princeton—that’s why the picture next to the score is a thumbs-up sign, which is meant to show that the score is recommended, but not required. On an old version of Princeton’s site, they said this:

      “To provide guidance the following information may be useful. Over the last two admission seasons the average iBT TOEFL combined score for admitted students was 108, with the following average sub-scores: Listening 28, Reading 29, Speaking 24, and Writing 27. Furthermore, data from the University’s English Language Program indicates that of newly enrolling internationals students, those who score below 20 on the Speaking subsection of iBT TOEFL are virtually certain to have to take an English language course during their first year of graduate study to bring their spoken proficiency up to a minimum standard.”

      An average score is definitely not a requirement, but it establishes a clear goal for students who are applying, so we thought it was useful. 🙂 And you’re right about conditional enrollment. That is true for many schools with “recommended” scores in the list, but there is not always clear information on conditional enrollment and the details vary greatly between schools, so it was hard to include in the list.

      As for the speaking requirement, you’re right that it refers to a T.A. requirement. That should not be listed as a recommendation in general, because T.A. requirements are not listed in this chart. We’ll fix that as soon as we can! But by the way, to my knowledge, a speaking score of 28 is not a legal requirement for T.A. funding. Many schools ask for lower scores. (I usually hear 24 or 26, to be honest, so I was surprised that so many schools you’ve applied to required 28! That’s good to know.)

      And of course, I should say congratulations on that extremely high score! I’m sure that will make the admissions process much easier for you. Even if you have been in the UK for a few years, that’s an accomplishment that you should absolutely be proud of. 🙂

      Thanks again for chiming in!

      • Big B November 19, 2014 at 1:52 am #

        Oh yes, silly me. I didn’t notice the distinction between recommended scores and required scores in your chart.

        Whoa, the average for Princeton is pretty, pretty high. Particularly in the reading section, so I expect most international applicants will also have a high verbal GRE.

        And have you checked Columbia’s graduate school of journalism’s recommended score? They want you to have at least a 114!

        I’m not entilrely sure whether the 28 is a legal requirement, but I guess that by setting the score within that range they’re guaranteeing that they’re indeed fulfilling the requirement.

        Well, I wish it were the kind of thing to help my application! I also got a perfect score in the verbal GRE and a 5.5 in the writing section (and no one in Philosophy cares about maths unless you did horrendously bad or you want to do mathematical logic.) Of course, this is a good thing. But Philosophy departments are very wary of standardised tests. And it’s not unusual for Philosophy majors to score above the 90th percentile.

        The most a good score will do for you is to get them to read your writing sample carefully, but the decisive factor is by far the sample, followed in importance by your recommendations and then your grades.

        However, I do hope that they look positively on the fact that I got those scores despite being a non-native speakers, and one thing they do help with a lot is if you want to get university fellowships.

        • Lucas Fink
          Lucas November 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

          A perfect score on GRE verbal! That’s impressive. Congrats on that.

          You’re right that Princeton’s expectations are extremely high. They can afford to be picky, because they’re such a highly regarded school (as is true of Columbia). But of course, it all depends on what you’re studying—I suspect the journalism department at Columbia has higher expectations than do other programs at the same university, simply because journalism requires a near-native command of English.

          I agree that academic history and recommendations are, particularly in your case, more important than the TOEFL score, but for some students it’s the other way around, since low enough TOEFL scores can preclude the possibility of admission to many programs. In any case, I’m certain those high scores will help you along the way. 🙂 You’re in a great position! Good luck in your applications.

  18. B. December 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi,what if our on line score is not received by the institute on the date we indicated? It’s not exactly a deadline. Do they normally consider this delay ,as it is not our fault because the test centre gives us approximately 2 weeks to send our score to the selected recipients? Now how shall one decide on the approximate date to indicate?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      Ideally, you will take the test more than two weeks before your application deadline to avoid this issue. If you have to take the test so close to the deadline, then after taking it, reach out to the admissions offices at the programs you’re applying to and let them know that you expect the test results will be there before the deadline, but you are afraid of a delay caused by ETS. Most schools are forgiving if a test score is a day late, but sometimes they are not. Communicating with them just a little bit is a good idea.

      • Snigdha February 14, 2017 at 2:21 am #

        hello, I just got my TOEFL score. I got a 97. Individually- Reading-23, Listening-23 Speaking- 23 and Writing- 24. I expected well above 100. I don’t know what i did wrong in the writing or listening section. I am a little weak on reading i guess. So, I expected that. Now i won’t be repeating anymore. How badly will this score affect me? And for colleges where 100 is a requirement, will they accept my score?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 15, 2017 at 9:20 am #

          Sorry to hear you fell just a little bit short of 100, Snigdha. That sounds frustrating! As for how badly this score will affect your chances– it will definitely have some affect. Some colleges that require 100 on the TOEFL iBT may reject your application, or only offer you conditional acceptance. Still, some schools that require 100 on the TOEFL are willing to accept slightly lower scores, if the rest of your application is strong. The only way to know for sure is to check directly with the schools you’re applying to.

  19. Ajitesh December 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Did not prepare for the test at all. Saw your blog the evening before the test and scored 102 (29,27,23,23). Thanks a ton!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      You’re welcome! I think we could only have helped a tiny bit in such a short time, but I’m glad we could contribute however we did. 🙂

      • stanley July 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

        hi Lucas i just try the tofel once i got 39 i wrote it july 15th and the socre was 39 can i still apply in Canada with that score

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 26, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

          Hi Stanley,

          A 39 is not likely to get you into the places you want to go. We would advise that you work for a retake so you can nail it the next time! 🙂

          • clinton January 15, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

            I had 44 in the Toelf score can I like get admission to other university

          • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
            Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 25, 2019 at 8:38 am #

            Hi Clinton,

            Most schools require at least a 70 for admission, but each school is different! I recommend contacting schools directly to see what their admissions requirements are. If you are looking for an accessible and affordable way to improve that TOEFL score, check out our Magoosh Premium programs 😀

  20. Jane January 10, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Greetings, I registered for the TOEFL iBT on the 16th of January. I am not that good in comprehending. Will my scores be sent to the institutions via mail (that will take it says, 4-6 weeks)? And when it meant electronically, does it mean that they could send my scores to the institution less than 2 weeks? Thank you.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas January 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      It’s not very clear, is it? The truth is that the speed depends on the university. If they pay for internet access to TOEFL scores from ETS, then they can receive scores faster. It’s a good idea to take your TOEFL at least three weeks before your application deadline, longer if you know the admissions office will only receive scores by paper mail.

  21. Shankar February 4, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi,I am from India.I wrote TOEFL exam on 13th Dec,20414 but I have not yet received the hard copy of the score as per their website I shall receive in about 6 weeks.We need this urgently for Australia immigration.We do not have any time left now.Could you please help us to know if there is any other way to get the hard copy of the score.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas February 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      The only way to get your TOEFL scores is from ETS, I’m afraid. If you haven’t contacted them, please do!

  22. Marina February 11, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    Do you know how many students have passed TOEFL in 2014?
    Can ‘t find any statistics.


    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas February 19, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      That’s a good question, but I don’t think ETS releases that info. But they did say that 25+ million students had taken the test in the years before 2010, and now the site says that 30+ have taken the test, so that means roughly 1.25 million have taken it in each of the last five years. I’m sorry I can’t give you a concrete number, but that’s my best guess. 🙂

  23. Kelly February 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks a lot for your posts here!!!.
    I am an international student wishing to secure admission into Miami Dade College US. TOEFL as I read up from their official website is required but I really don’t want to take the exam here in my country so I want to know if it’s possible for an international student to take it when he/she gets there. Really need your reply badly. Thanks.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      Schools generally require TOEFL scores with the rest of your application. If you are going to send in the application while you are still in your home country, then you will have to take the test there, before you travel. If for some reason you are going to be in the U.S. months before the application deadline, you could take the TOEFL there, but that would require staying in the U.S. for many months before the academic year, and before knowing that you are even accepted into the program.

  24. John March 2, 2015 at 12:03 am #

    Purdue requires at least 27 in speaking section of TOEFL iBT for their computer science program. The chart above needs correction
    University of Illinois Urbana Champaign requires at least 24 in speaking section for CS program as well

    These scores are minimum cut off if you want to be considered for teaching assistantship financial aid

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 4, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

      Thanks for the info! We haven’t included score requirements for specific departments (like computer science) or teaching assistantship positions because it’s too much information to include for every university. One school might have many different requirements for all the different departments! But we do mention at the beginning of the infographic that TA positions might add other requirements and that the department requirement, if there is one, is more important, so students should be sure to contact those specific departments.

      The info on Purdue is from their website here: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/admissions/how/apply-toefl.cfm
      We don’t have U. of Illinois on the list at the moment, but maybe we’ll include that school in a future infographic. 🙂 Again, thanks for the info!

  25. ade March 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    hello, thanks for this blog…
    i took the TOEFL test on the 31st of Jan 2015. Got a score of 95 and requested my score to be sent to some universities in Germany; their deadline being 31st of march 2015. i was surprised some days ago when i checked my TOEFL acct. to find out that there was still an outstanding sum to be paid, being that the original payment had bounced back; consequently i could no longer view my score report. Anyway, that has been resolved now.
    Presently, none of the institutions have received my score report. My concern is if my score has already been sent or if not, how realistic is it for my score card to get to the designated institutions in Germany before the 31st of march. i don’t really know how it works over there. thanks.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 17, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      That’s a tough situation! I’d do two things: First, email or call the schools that you are applying to, and let them know there was a delay because of a payment error, but that you took the test in January and they should expect scores to arrive shortly. If the schools have online access to your scores, it may be no problem at all. Second, call ETS and ask when schools can expect hard copies of your scores. The timing depends largely on the postal service; I have no experience with that in Germany. But I’m fairly sure this won’t cause a problem if you’re clear with the admissions offices about the cause of the delay!

  26. Anwar March 17, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    I did the TOEFL iBT exam two weeks ago and received 72 points (R:13, L:19, S:20, W:20). I am applying to UTD (University of Texas Dallas) which is not included in the info graphic above. I need 80 points in TOEFL iBT or 6.5 in IELTS. So Mr.Lucas which exam do you think is easier for students in general to achieve these scores? Please reply. I hope my comment matches the Magoosh blog Comment policy.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 17, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Anwar,

      Check out my TOEFL Tuesday video on the TOEFL vs. the IELTS for some info on how the two tests compare. The short answer, though, is that neither test is “easier.” An 80 on the TOEFL and a 6.5 on the IELTS are comparable, but some students may be more comfortable taking one test or the other. Sorry there’s no clear answer!

  27. Vinit March 18, 2015 at 2:01 am #

    Great infographic with really very clear cut instructions: whether TOEFL is recommended, required etc etc..Gives a detailed insight into the requirements of some of the top b schools. In fact, I have been through other infographics by Rita Kreig and I should admit they are equally insightful and intriguing !! Keep up the good work..:)

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 19, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Vinit! Thanks for the kind words.

  28. Aishwarya March 18, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    I have scored 117/120 on my TOEFL iBT test and I am not sure but can a high score have any added advantage in the selection procedure of otherwise?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 19, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      That higher score can give you a slight advantage, but for the most part, once you pass the minimum score the other parts of your application are much more important (depending on the program you are applying to, of course!)

      • Aishwarya March 20, 2015 at 11:33 am #

        Thank you..:)

        • Lucas Fink
          Lucas March 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

          You’re welcome!

  29. Elena Cvetkovska March 18, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    I took TOEFL three months ago and got 114, I want to apply to New York University, Emory and Columbia. Is the score of 114 some kind of advantage? Or it makes no difference as long as it is above the minimum required?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 19, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      See my comment in response to Aishwarya above. 🙂

  30. Indranil April 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm #


    I got a 114 in TOEFL (w28 l29 r28 s29) Gre (v156 q163)

    Will my toefl score help my case to get RA/TA in the colleges that I’ll apply.??

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas April 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

      That’s a great score! I don’t know of any schools that require higher than a 114, so it should not cause any trouble for an RA/TA position. However, the rest of your application may be more important. 🙂

  31. Prasanta May 6, 2015 at 12:25 am #



    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas May 7, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      It’s a bit more complicated than that, but most US colleges ask for both SAT scores and TOEFL scores if you are from a non-English-native country. But there are many parts to a college application! Check out this coursera course for some guidance: https://www.coursera.org/learn/study-in-usa

  32. Sebast May 9, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    how are the percentages of the correct answers ranked? For example if I get 75% of correct answers in both reading and listening what is going to be my final grade in toefl? Thanks

  33. David Recine May 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Hello Sebast. Your TOEFL is partly rated by your raw score. It’s also partly rated by how other students performed on the same exam, and the difficulty of your set of questions, compared to questions other test takers had to answer. Because of this, there’s no way to know exactly what your TOEFL score will be, even if you know the percentage of answers you got correct. Obviously, the higher percentage you have, the better your chances are of getting a great final score.

  34. Fatima June 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Thanks a lot for the information. Just one question, what happen if I take the toefl twice? Do I have the opportunity to select my maximum score as in the GRE exam?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink July 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

      Good question! I think this video will help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRw18eeNYXE

      But the short answer is that each score report only contains the score from one test. So if you don’t choose schools to send the scores to for free before the test, and you only pay to send scores, then you can choose which test scores you send to which schools. On the other hand, if you choose to send scores to schools before you take the test, you cannot change it; the schools will see those scores.

      That said, if your scores are valid (under two years old), most schools care more about your higher scores.

  35. Daniel July 9, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Hi !

    I have my TOEFL test in a few weeks, and only began to train yesterday : I did a practice test.

    I scored 29 in Reading, 29 in Listening, and 29 in Writing, but only 18 in Speaking !!
    Do you know if the computer score is accurate ? I really felt that there was no problem with the questions, I felt that I spoke fluently and that I answered the questions…

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink July 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      TPO (TOEFL practice online) tests don’t have very good scoring for the speaking section. I’m a native speaker and a TOEFL teacher. I get perfect scores on the real TOEFL, as I should. The TPO software gave me a score in the mid twenties… hah! You really can’t use it to predict your score. So don’t worry too much if that’s what you used. 🙂

  36. sameer July 11, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Hello sir,
    Is magoosh’s toefl course sufficient to do well in the exam or do I need to prepare from any other sources? Magoosh seems the most affordable to me, I’ve looked at some toefl resources in the blog but some of them seem a bit expensive. SO please help out. thank ou.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink July 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      Magoosh TOEFL covers everything that is on the TOEFL and all the important strategies, and it includes more than 330 practice questions. Whether it’s enough for you personally depends on what you personally need, but it’s certainly enough for many of our students. 🙂

  37. Olga July 15, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Dear Magoosh Team,
    Thank you for the post – it’s highly useful, but I have a question – for Harvard and Illinois University the undergraduate required score is higher than the graduate one – is it possible? I’ve always thought it should be the other way around…

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink July 22, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Yes, that does happen. I know it seems strange, but bear in mind that the schools expect everything else among graduate students to be much more advanced than among undergrads. Also, the graduate and undergraduate programs at universities are generally separate enough that they will make decisions about admissions requirements separately, for their own individual reasons. Maybe, for example, the undergraduate program is much more competitive than the graduate program, because so many more students apply for undergrad. In that case, the undergrad admissions might be pickier about who they accept.

  38. TMJ July 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Hello guys,
    I am not a native speaker but I got 30 on 30 in speaking, I was surprised. Speaking was the most difficult section for me, I got stuck in between one of the integrated task, and also I was not able to conclude another question.
    So don’t worry guys, the point is whether you can speak clearly, they should realise that you are able to communicate.
    I got 118/120. Thanks Magoosh

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink July 22, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      Congrats! That’s awesome to hear. And thanks for sending your encouragement to the other TOEFL takers out there.

    • Cadbury August 3, 2015 at 11:21 am #

      i wanted to know after how many days did you get your score?

    • Tommy May 4, 2016 at 4:47 am #

      I am glad for you, congrats :))
      I don’t have any accent and my English is fluent (I heard it from many native speakers, I lived in States for some time and my pronunciation is clean), but in spite of that I got 23 in speaking :)) Which is very surprising for many my US friends. I think it’s more about what you are saying instead of how you are saying

  39. Bilal Ahmed August 28, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    I have read in a preparation book (The Princeton – cracking the iBT).
    “You will get a point for each correct answer and a penalty for each wrong answer”

    What it actually means? Simply I want to ask if I select a wrong answer from the given multiple choice answers, does it reduces my earned points from that section?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink August 28, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      That’s incorrect information, I’m afraid—that book isn’t my favorite. There is no penalty for wrong answers on the TOEFL. That means you should answer every question!

  40. sai October 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    I got a TOEFL score of 91 (R-18, L-22, S-24, W-27) . Will there be any sectional cutoff in the scores? Is it a sufficient score even it satisfies minimum requirement as my Reading score is low. Could you please help me out in the issue?

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri October 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Sai,

      That depends on the university — some schools have sectional cutoffs, and some do not. I’d suggest checking in with the schools you plan to apply to!

  41. Hetul December 31, 2015 at 2:15 am #

    Hi, I got 99 in toefl. If I apply to university which needs minimum 100, do I need to take toefl again?

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri January 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

      Hi Hetul,

      If the university says that 100 is the absolute minimum they require for admission, then you will likely need to take the TOEFL again, unfortunately.

      I’d suggest emailing the university to see how strict they are with their minimums. 🙂

      Best of luck!


  42. Shane January 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    I’m applying for scholarship at Ohio University. The program that I am applying for only requires minimum 80 on TOEFL iBT and I scored 83. Should it be enough or should I retake the test to get better scores so I can gain my chances of getting the scholarship? (I knew about the scholarship only a few days before deadlines for admission. And I did not take, nor study for TOEFL before. I had only 3 days to prepare before I took the test. I believe if I retake the test, I might get better scores).

    Thank you in advance.

    • David Recine January 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

      Wow, an 83 is pretty good with that little study time. I definitely agree with you that you could probably score even better with more time to prepare for the test.

      Obviously, being able to show the scholarship committee a newer, higher TOEFL score couldn’t *hurt* your chances of winning the scholarship. Whether or not it would actually help is a little hard for me to say. Most scholarship committees look at the “whole picture”— your test scores and a variety of other factors. Improving one part of the picture usually will help, but not always. It depends on how important test scores are to the scholarship organization, compared to other aspects of your application.

      To know for sure if an improved TOEFL score would help you— or *how much* it would help your chances, you’d want to talk to the scholarship sponsor itself. (Or perhaps to your school, if the scholarship is school-specific.) If you can’t get any additional information from the scholarship organization, I’d say go for a retake, as long as you can do so without sacrificing other responsibilities you have. Like I said, it can’t hurt, and it often helps to improve an exam score in this kind of situation.

  43. alula February 2, 2016 at 12:54 am #

    thank you for sharing so much about TOEFL with us<3
    my TOEFL is 533 and 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

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

      This is a kind of tricky question, Alula. ETS doesn’t keep any official score comparison tables between the iBT and PBT. Many individual universities do have their own score comparison tables, though. This TOEFL PBT/iBT chart from Ole Miss University is a pretty typical scale. As you’ll see in the chart, most schools consider a TOEFL PBT score of 533 to be equal to 72 or 73 on the TOEFL iBT. This is not a top score, but a TOEFL PBT of 33 will be good enough to get you into some universities and programs. It all depends on where your’e applying.

  44. Alexandre February 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m really sad at this moment. I’m an international student from west Africa I took a toefl mini test and I got 55. Such a low score and my university requires me 79. I still have problem in both of the reading and listen passage. Questions look similar and I just have one choice. Sometimes I chose the wrong one. Can you give me advice please??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      Sorry to hear that you scored lower than you hoped, Andre. That can certainly be frustrating! Multiple choice questions can cause a lot of confusion and anxiety, even in test-takers who have pretty good English. (As many West African English speakers do!) My advice is for you to really think about multiple choice strategies– how to select the right answer and eliminate wrong answers. You can find some decent answer explanations in official TOEFL materials. Online TOEFL forums are a good source of multiple choice strategy tips too– and you can post specific multiple choice questions that have confused you, getting advice from fellow forum members.

      You can also get some great strategy advice and tutorials right here at Magoosh. Right now Rachel Kapelke-Dale is doing a great series of Reading Practice questions that includes in-depth answer explanations, with insights into strategy. You can find a lot of other similar materials in our Listening and Reading archives.

  45. Tess February 25, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    I’m applying for german universities and most of them have fixed deadlines am march 31, according to my toefl score report order the shipping date from US is Feb 29, is it enough to reach germany in time? Any idea or experiences? I can’ beleive it takes such a long time(4 to 6 weeks) 🙁 🙁

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm #


      It’s definitely possible for the mailing to reach Germany by March 31. I’ve even seen score reports and other US Postal Service-sent mail arrive in Germany in *less* than four weeks. But delivery times for mailings from the USPS to other countries really can be unpredictable, and can sometimes take a surprisingly long time. This is why the TOEFL suggests you plan for a 4-6 week wait.

      In my past experience, it’s more likely than not that your score reports will come in on time. But there’s also a very real chance that they might be a little late. You may want to contact your prospective university and ask them what will happen if your score reports come in late. Sometimes universities may be willing to temporarily use a screenshot of the scores you accessed online while they wait for the official scores to come in. And there are also some options for the university to receive your scores electronically, provided they qualify for this service: https://magoosh.com/toefl/2016/can-toefl-scores-be-sent-electronically/

  46. ATUL VIJAY March 11, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    I am an Indian guy. I can speak English but not extreme fluently. I am trying for BITS PILANI DUBAI CAMPUS. They need a TOEFL score of minimum 61 out of 120. Will you please tell me what is the mean or average score obtained by an Indian guy? One more test paper is there named IELTS. Will you tell me which is more easy to score TOEFL or IELTS?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      According to ETS, the average Indian TOEFL score for all university applications worldwide is 91 (see the report here). But what you’ll really want to look at is the average score for Indian applicants to the BITS Pulani Dubai Campus— this will give you a much clearer idea of the score you need in order to be competitive.

      As for ILETS vs. TOEFL, there is a lot of debate over which test is easier and harder— and there are even some people who think both tests are about the same in terms of difficulty. Which test will be easier depends a lot on the individual test-taker. Magoosh has made a comparison chart that can help you decide which exam will be best for you.

  47. Rahul March 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    Hi all,

    Thank you for the info. I just wanted to ask whether you guys have posted a similar thing for GRE regarding it’s cutoff’s and all ?

    Thanks !

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

      We sure have, Rahul. 🙂 Check out Rita’s GRE post here.

  48. JHW April 21, 2016 at 4:33 am #

    Hi all,
    Thanks for your attention! If I have take TOEFL scores several times and send all, will admissions office consider the max score in each section? I’ve noticed that in Common Application the system has already had the policy– to fill in the highest grade you’ve got in every part. Do you have any ideas about that? ( Unfortunately, I got two 99 in TOEFL. )


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 22, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      Hi JHW,

      Good question! 🙂

      The policy regarding how to view multiple TOEFL scores depends on the individual universities. Some will take the maximum score in each section and others will pick your single highest test score. All the schools in the Common Application system will clearly accept the maximum score in each section, but schools not participating in that system will differ on a case-by-case basis. You should reach out to the schools and ask their admissions departments if you need to know!

      Good luck! 🙂

  49. Juan April 27, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    I just can’t see the infographic you provide. I have tried refresh the webpage many times but it doesn’t work. Also, I try to search this website via other browser, all failed. I really want to check the infographic to see what score I need to apply my dream school. Could you please help me with that?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 30, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      Juan, I’m sorry you’ve been having trouble viewing the image. I just downloaded the image and re-hosted it through an external link. You should be able to see the very useful infographic in this post if you you click here.

      Once you follow that link, you may need to click on the image to enlarge it and view it at full, readable size. If you still can’t see the image, let me know. And if any other Magooshers out there are having any trouble viewing our graphics, don’t be shy about commenting or messaging us. We’re here to help! 🙂

  50. Tommy May 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm #


    lately I got 95/120 in TOEFL iBT (R-25, L-26, S-23, W-21), but the school where I am applying for Master program is asking 98/120. According to your experience, should I retake the test or 3 points don’t make much difference when you have high GPA and good working experience. (in fact I was preparing for the test during few weeks and unfortunately I don’t have much time for retaking it).

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      That’s a great question Tommy. Certainly, for some schools, 3 points might not make much difference. But other schools are VERY firm about their score requirements. The only way you can know for sure is to contact the school you applied to. Explain your situation, and ask them if you are absolutely required to meet that 98 minimum score.

      • Tommy May 4, 2016 at 4:24 am #

        Thank you!

        That’s what I am going to do 🙂

  51. Sarah May 31, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    I got 80 on my toefl and my counselor said I’ll need 60+.Im confused if I’ll get scholarship or not. Im applying for troy university and university of Findlay.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 3, 2016 at 12:43 am #

      Hi Sarah!

      Getting admission and getting a scholarship are often two different things. The 60+ score sounds to me like an admission requirement, but scholarships can have any number of different requirements attached to them. You should talk to your counselor or the university’s admissions people to get the best information–I can only search online, just like you. Those people, however, are experts and will be able to give you the best information!

      Good luck. 🙂

  52. Phoenix H June 3, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi~ The scores infographic is very impressive! Thanks for sharing this information! However, I was wondering if you may kindly share the sources (the specific website pages of universities) of the information? For example, for Princeton, I found the 28 for speaking on their website but couldn’t locate the origin of the 108 in total requirement.. (i intend to apply for PhD program and the department website refers readers to the graduate school’s requirement in language proficiency policy in general but i didn’t find clear instructions about the minimum TOEFL score in total..>< I am going to apply this fall and I just took my TOEFL today and I don't expect it to be over 110, especially worrying about my speaking because sometimes I forgot to keep track on the time limits and didn't finish up.(<chatterbox dilemma)

    Thank you again for posting all the valuable information!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 6, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Hi Phoenix. We’ve been a little reluctant to post direct links because each school year, the configuration of every university’s admissions websites changes just a little. So a URL we post could change by the time someone sees the link here and clicks it. That being said, I’ll be happy to show you the current page for Princeton’s recommendation of 108 as a good TOEFL target score for their graduate programs. Right now, you can find that information here: https://www.cs.princeton.edu/grad/faq . If there’s any other information from the chart that you’re not seeing on the source website, certainly let me know, and I’ll see what I can do to help. 🙂

      • Phoenix H June 6, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

        Thank you for the information! I’m applying for PhD program in political science so I assume I’d better get a score higher than that mentioned in recommendations for applicants who are interested in computer science… my newest score hasn’t come out yet but I think it’s going to be at least above 105~
        Anyways, thanks a lot!

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 7, 2016 at 1:51 am #

          We all hope to hear you got a 105+ on the TOEFL, then! I would also assume a higher score would help you in political science as compared to engineering or computer programs.

          Good luck!

          • Phoenix H June 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

            i ended up getting an acceptable 111. R30. L29. S24. W28. thx for all the advice! 🙂

          • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
            Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2016 at 7:22 am #

            That is fantastic, Phoenix! Congratulations. 🙂

  53. Harry June 5, 2016 at 5:01 am #

    Hi, I am here to ask one very important thing. The thing is that I have got a conditional offer from university on the condition of PTE score of 63 overall and 59 in each section. So yesterday I got my result and the scores are L67 R69 S57 W74 . So, I just want to know that since I crossed the overall criteria will they give a second thought to admit me in their university. And yes I am applying for Msc computer science and me from India.

  54. Harry June 5, 2016 at 5:02 am #

    And one more thing, my overall score in PTE is 67

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 6, 2016 at 11:23 am #


      There are certainly some universities that would let you in, based on your scores. And there are other universities that might be very strict and not admit you until you do a retake. To be sure about this, you’ll need to contact the school you’re applying too. Your overall score set is pretty good, so it definitely doesn’t hurt to ask!

  55. Carmen June 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    Hello Lucas! I would like to ask you about a doubt that I have. I took the TOEFL test three times and I had three different results:79, 88 and 96. I want to take it again in order to achieve 100. But if I obtain less than 96 in this opportunity, can I select the score that I want to send to the universities or the ETS sends the last score?
    I am not sure if the scores that ETS sends to the universities are the highest or last ones?

    Another doubt is related to the minimum score in Columbia and NYU, I saw in the infographic that is 100 by requiered but I read the websites and I understood that they do not requiered a minimun score, maybe 100 score is a recommendation?

    thanks in advance for your answer!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 29, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Carmen! Since your scores are improving, it sounds like you have a shot at getting that 100. But if you don’t get 100 and you drop below a 96 on your next exam, you can send your earlier score of 96 to schools. Provided, of course, that you got your score of 96 less than two years ago. TOEFL will always let you send your highest score, so long as the score isn’t expired.

      I just double-checked the NYU website, and I can’t quite tell if you’ll need a TOEFL score of 100 or not. You’re correct that their page for international student testing requirements treats a TOEFL score of 100 as a suggested score, and not a strict rule. But most of the individual departments and colleges within the university seem to require a TOEFL of 100+. I would check with the department of your intended field of study at NYU to see if a 100 score is a guideline or a hard rule.

  56. Mehrdad July 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm #


    Thank you for your helpful information.
    I have one question regarding retaking TOEFL exam. Last August I took TOEFL and my score was 86 (L;24, R;22, S; 19 and W;21). I planned to continue my applications with this score. But I am not sure that it would be enough to apply for PhD for universities ranked in 100-150. Actually, I have tried to make a good resume with good GPA, recommendations, etc. However, I don’t have a special university to send my applications and it makes me confused. Would you please help me with this. I don’t know that I should retake TOEFL or not?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 24, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

      86 is a bit low for the VERY top schools, but there’s still a decent chance that your TOEFL score of 86 will be acceptable to some top 150 or top 100 PhD programs. In addition, a number of PhD programs are willing to flex on TOEFL score requirements, especially for applicants that have a strong background in research, fieldwork, or prior academics.

      If you really want to be eligible for as many PhD programs as possible, I’d say it couldn’t hurt to retake the TOEFL and aim for a higher score. However, it also couldn’t hurt to find some specific programs you’re interested in and check their TOEFL requirements, so you can know if a retake will truly be necessary.

  57. Neha July 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

    University of washington requires 106 score for MS in HCDE even on my second try i only scored 103 . Should i still apply for this uni since i cannot afford to give toefl again

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 24, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      In answer to your question, I can give you a definite “maybe.” Many schools and programs are willing to be flexible about TOEFL scores, if an applicant has good past academic performance and other ways of proving they could be a strong student. And sometimes conditional acceptance is an option too.

      To really know if you should apply, though, you need to directly contact U-Wash’s MS in HCDE program, and ask them if they can be flexible on your TOEFL score or conditionally accept you. It never hurts to ask.. and it often helps to ask!

  58. Srijita Chatterjee July 23, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    I scored an 83 (R-19 L-19 S-22 W-23) in TOEFL ibt test. I want to apply for my masters in Electronics and Communication. Is it a decent score or do I have to retake the exam?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 24, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

      83 is a little on the low end for grad programs, especially at top schools. However, there probably are programs out there that would accept a TOEFL of 83. If you’re not yet sure where you want to apply, it couldn’t hurt to do a retake. But if you have some specific target schools in mind, check their requirements— you may be applying to schools that will accept your score. In that case, a retake wouldn’t be necessary, of course.

  59. Vardaan Mehra July 30, 2016 at 4:50 am #

    I gave my toefl earlier this month and received a 96. Even though it does satisfy all the criteria’s, I got a 20 in the writing section, and a couple of universities I will be applying to have a minimum requirement of 21. Should I retake the test for just that one point, or this is good enough?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

      That’s a good question. Some programs are very strict about TOEFL scores and will only accept you if you meet their stated minimum score. Other programs may be wiling to let you in if you’re just one point short. TO be sure about this, contact your program and ask them if having just a 20 on Writing can be OK. Then make your decision about a TOEFL retake based on the response they give you.

  60. Sky August 9, 2016 at 5:00 am #

    My TOEFL score is too low i.e. 58 and I am not a native English speaker. Can i get admission in any university?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 13, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

      In the 58 range, your options are more limited, but you still may be able to get admission. Some graduate programs will admit you with a lower score if you have a strong background in the subject you’ll study. And a number of undergraduate programs will also accept TOEFL scores in your range. For undergrad admission, your best shot would be a smaller public university, or any university that offers conditional acceptance for lower TOEFL scores.

  61. Young August 18, 2016 at 6:37 am #

    Hello. I appeared for the TOEFL exam last year October and scored a 90. I applied to a university in the Netherlands but it told me to send it from ets. My shipping date is August 4th and the University starts on September 5th. Will the university accept me or not even though the shipping date is 4 to 6 weeks? My documents were verified except the TOEFL and I have the examine report for now. Please tell me how long does it take for ets to send the report to the Netherlands.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Young,

      You will have to ask the university if they will let you start without your paperwork being in order. Sometimes this is an issue of visa issuance and they cannot.

      As for the TOEFL score, ETS will tell you it can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive internationally, so you will just have to let the paperwork go and hope it works out. I would be nervous, honestly, because if there is a visa issue related to the TOEFL score, too, you might not be able to apply for the visa until the paperwork is received.

      Contact the admissions officers right away and they’ll know best how to proceed. Good luck! 🙂

      • Young August 20, 2016 at 12:46 am #

        Thanks for the reply. I have no problem with the visa issuance because I have the same passport. The only problem is whether they will accept me or not if the score doesn’t reach on time. I have the Examinee report but they didn’t accept it when I sent it to them. Is there any other way for them to see the report online electronically? I heard of the ETS Data Manager but I don’t know if they would go on it especially for me. It is a top university and has a code for sending the documents. I just don’t know whether they would use that application last minute before the university starts. I did contact the admissions office but they said that they require the TOEFL scores i.e. the institution score report.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 22, 2016 at 11:13 am #

          Great to hear that there’s no visa issue, at least. Still, this does sound like a stressful situation. If they haven’t accepted your examinee report and they don’t have ETS data manager, then you’ll just have to wait and hope the scores arrive in time. I’d say it wouldn’t hurt to ask them if the either have ETS Data Manager or are willing to get set up. If they’re a top school, they may already have access to ETS Data Manager. And if not, set up can be done almost instantly through the ETS website— and the school would benefit a lot form doing that. It would make the admissions process simpler not only for you, but for them and for all future applicants. For more info, check out our post on sending TOEFL scores electronically.

  62. Deb August 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

    If i score more than minimum marks required for any college will they take me in
    No questions aksed
    Or I’ll have 2 some other test

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Deb,

      Unfortunately, just a TOEFL score is not enough. There is usually another test (SAT or ACT for undergrad, GMAT or GRE for graduate) and the entire application package, including transcripts, essays, etc. The precise requirements will be listed on individual university pages, so I recommend doing some research! Good luck! 🙂

  63. alisha dahal August 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Hello, I recently gave my TOEFL test and I got 75 score. Can I get the admission in the universities of USA for MBA with these score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Alisha,

      You’ll have to do some research to find out definitively, but for master and MBA programs, the score needed is typically higher than a 75, so you might want to consider preparing for a retake of the TOEFL for a higher score. I know that might not be the news you wanted, but hopefully it helps you prepare! 🙂

  64. Nima August 22, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    I got 88 in TOEFL. I am planning to apply for a phd program. Some of the grad schools that I cheked, want more than 100. I want to retake the exam, but I don’t have much time. what should I study or how should I study to improve my score in 3 months? I got 22 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking and 21 in writing.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

      Without knowing more about the specific questions you got wrong, it’s hard to tell you exactly what to study. What I can tell you is that you should probably focus equally on each section— you need at least a 3-6 point boost in each section.

      I can also tell you that there are ways that YOU can figure out exactly what you need to study. As you do practice TOEFL tests, sections, and questions for your retake, really think about your strengths and weaknesses. If possible keep a journal, noting the questions you got wrong, the responses you struggled with, and the areas where you feel confident in practice. Makes a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Then build on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. By knowing yourself as a learner and test-taker, you can make a study plan that will carry you to the 100+ you need.

  65. Priya September 3, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    I have scored a 106 on TOEFL IBt and my gre score is 303(v-145 q-158) and my cgpa is 8.2, i have also done mini projects , paper presentations and published papers in journals. Are there chances i could get into good second tier universities.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 5, 2016 at 9:31 am #

      Your TOEFL score is excellent, as is your CGPA. Your projects, presentations, and journal publications also work in your favor. With a 106 TOEFL and CGPA 8.2, you definitely have a chance at acceptance at second tier universities. You may also have a chance at some top schools, although you won’t be as universally accepted in the top-school circuit.

  66. Karolina September 24, 2016 at 2:09 am #


    I have a question about TOEFL as well. I am currently applying to my dream school. I took TOEFL for the third time, however, I got a low score of 87 points again. I just feel like the method of testing TOEFL uses is not really my cup of tea. I took Cambridge testing and I did pretty well.
    My dream school has no minimum TOEFL score requirement, however, I emailed them and they said that the average TOEFL score of an admitted student is around 100 points.
    Do you think I still have a chance of getting in?

    Thank you so much, I really need help!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 29, 2016 at 1:13 am #

      Hi Koralina,

      You definitely have a chance, but it is risky to expect a lower-than-average score will be acceptable. Do you have other elements of your application that will mitigate a low TOEFL score? If you have the option to give other supporting documents, you might include something like the Cambridge testing that shows your higher English skills. I would also recommend you consider trying to pull that TOEFL back up toward the 100 average score the school suggested, though.

      Good luck! 🙂

  67. Surya September 25, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    I have a TOEFL score of 97(R-24,L-26,S-23,Wr-24).I am planning to apply for NCSU computer science program.In the website it says minimum teofl requirement is 89 and depending on the department it may vary.In the computer science department its says average toefl score of admitted students is 106, but no where the requirement is mentioned.So to be safe should i retake the exam?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 1, 2016 at 8:57 am #

      Retaking the exam can’t hurt— if the worst scenario happens and you somehow get a lower score on the second try, you can still just submit your earlier score of 97. And it does sound like having a score closer to 106 could make you more competitive.

      It also couldn’t hurt to contact the program by email or phone, and ask them how important TOEFL scores are to them, and how good a chance you’d have with your current score.

  68. Camila October 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Hi Thomas and Rita

    This information is really useful.

    However, i saw Boston University for the MA in Advertising and they ask for 100 instead of 91.

    Its that correct?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 4, 2016 at 4:48 am #

      Hi Camila,

      That’s certainly possible! I would go by what they say in the advertisements than our 2014 post here. The details are relevant at the time we write them, but the most up-to-date changes should always be sought out. We try to offer this as reference. So I would go with the 100 not the 91. 🙂

  69. Ari October 4, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    Hey there,

    I really feel bad for my toefl score. I really wanted to apply cornell university in art, which asked for minimum 100; however, I scored 95. Would that mean I wouldn’t have a chance to apply for this school? Is there a possibility to be accepted?

    I got 1990 for my sat and 3.8 for my gpa.

    Can you give me some help?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi Ari,

      Some universities are flexible on your TOEFL score, if your other application materials are strong. Other universities can be really strict. So there may be a way you can get into Cornell without retaking the exam. But to know for sure, you really need to contact their admissions office and ask them. University policies vary a lot in this area, and if Cornell does have some flexibility, they may or may not say so on their website. So email or call Cornell admissions. Good luck!

  70. Wei Chee October 6, 2016 at 6:57 am #


    Hi, I took my TOEFL test 2 months ago and score a total of 97 ( R 26 , Listening 27, Speaking 19 and Writing 25). The university I wish to apply has minimum requirement of 90 overall score with 22 in both speaking and writing sections. Do I need to retake the test again for that 3 marks? Or I can just focus on other parts of the application?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

      That’s a tough question. Some universities are really strict on their score requirements for individual sections of the TOEFL. Other universities may be willing to bend the rules a little on individual section scores, if your whole-test score is much higher than it needs to be and your other application materials are strong. The only way to know for sure is to check with the school that you’re applying to. Contact their admissions office and see what they say.

  71. Abdül October 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm #


    I got 60 on my toefl exam and the low parts of the my test are reading and listening. Can i have a chance to improve my score almost 85? Or it is impossible please give me some advise especially for reading part.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi Abdul. Given enough time, any score improvement is possible. A jump from 60 to 85 will probably take at least three months though, and could take six or more months. How long it will take you to reach an 85 depends on a few things. First, the time it will take you to improve by 25 points depends on your language skills. If you got your 60 because your language skills are low-intermediate or high beginner, improving will take time. Increasing your language ability takes long periods of sustained practice.

      It’s also possible that your score of 60 happened at least partly because of poor test strategy. Sometimes improving your ability to eliminate incorrect answers, organize responses, and so on, can dramatically improve your TOEFL score. This is especially true if your basic English language skills are fairly good. And test-specific skills/strategies can be learned much more quickly than language skills.

      This advice applies to all sections of the TOEFL, reading included. The additional advice I’d give for TOEFL Reading is to study academic English vocabulary as much as possible, keep a good reading pace, and practice reading academic and educational passages as much as you can.

  72. Mudita October 17, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    How good is a score of 105 in toefl??
    Will writing score create a problem??
    Like UCLA has total cutoff of 87..but dy have also mentioned sectional cutoffs..n for writing it is 25.. so it would b a problem if I apply with this toefl score..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2016 at 2:55 am #

      Hi Mudita,

      A 105 is a great score! Congratulations. 🙂

      In many cases, your writing score is not problematic, but it does depend what you need the score to do. As you mention, if there is a specific expectation that all skills are above 25, for example, then yes, your writing score is a problem, unfortunately. You may be able to get a conditional acceptance and then have to take an additional writing class, for example, but these are options that you need to explore individually with the universities as no blanket statement will apply in all cases, here. I highly recommend contacting schools you want to attend to verify whether this score works or not. Good luck! 🙂

      • Snigdha February 14, 2017 at 2:22 am #

        Hello, I just got my TOEFL score. I got a 97. Individually-
        Reading-23, Listening-23 Speaking- 23 and Writing- 24.
        I expected well above 100. I don’t know what i did wrong in the writing or listening section. I am a little weak on reading i guess. So, I expected that. Now i won’t be repeating anymore. How badly will this score affect me? And for colleges where 100 is a requirement, will they accept my score?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 14, 2017 at 7:59 am #

          Hi Snigdha,

          First, I’m sorry to hear that your TOEFL exam did not go as hoped. Now, with regards to colleges with a 100 requirement, it may be a bit difficult because this score is a requirement. If you don’t plan to retake the exam for these programs, you may want to reach out to your target programs to confirm how strict they are on this requirement. Typically, it’s best to follow all requirements to improve your chances of acceptance.

          Now for the rest of your programs in which your score satisfies their requirement, it’s hard to say definitively how your TOEFL score will impact your overall decision. Please note that your candidacy is made up by a number of variables, and each program will weigh different pieces differently. However, fulfilling this requirement is definitely a step in the right direction! Best of luck in your application process! 😀

  73. Anu October 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    Hello 🙂
    I am considering to apply some Ivies this year. However, I am afraid that my application might get cut off with a score 95 (TOEFL). What do you think?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

      As you can see on the chart in this post, some Ivies will definitely accept a TOEFL score of 95, especially if you’re applying to a major that is more focused on math than language, or if you are applying as a grad student. Certainly, getting a higher score on retake can’t hurt, especially if you’re able to reach 100 points. 100 is a common benchmark for a number of the Ivies, but not all of them, and it’s more competitive than a 95 even at Ivy League universities that will accept a 95 TOEFL score.

  74. Anaga October 27, 2016 at 2:43 am #

    I gave my TOEFL exam on October 14, 2016 and its. Been 12 days but I haven’t received the score in my account yet. Is the delay normal?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

      ETS says it takes “approximately” 10 days for your TOEFL scores to show up in your account. 12 is just a little over 10 days, so things still could be OK. However, if you get out to 14 or 15 days and still can’t see your scores, you should probably contact TOEFL customer service and ask them if there have been any problems or delays.

  75. apoorva October 27, 2016 at 5:37 am #

    I have a toefl score of 87 and my university requirement is 80. Can i apply or should i retake the test and score better?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

      I’m a little confused. Did you mean to say that the university requirement is 90 or 80? If the requirement really is 80, then you should be fine without a retake– 7 points over the minimum will make you very competitive.

      If you mistyped, and the cutoff is actually 90, a retake is probably a good idea. Although it can’t hurt to contact a university that requires 90 and ask them if they can be flexible about an 87 score. (They may say they can’t ad that they need a 90, but asking never hurts!)

  76. Alex October 29, 2016 at 12:46 am #

    Dear Magoosh team,
    I just took TOEFL test a few days ago and I am confused. I seemed to met the exactly same section in listening as the one I took last year, including 3 listenings. I got 3 listening sections with 9 listenings in total. It’s the last section that is the same as last year. When I heard it I was thinking it must be an additional test and won’t be scored, like the GRE test. But I answered the questions carefully anyway, just in case. I wonder, how could that happen? And would that part be scored even though it’s the same one?
    PS, your resources are really helpful. Last year I got 100 in total. I am hoping I could get better in speaking and writing. Some schools require a higher score in speaking or writing.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 29, 2016 at 7:15 am #

      Hi Alex,

      I’m not sure how this may have happened, but this may just be good fortune! I think you were correct to answer the section carefully regardless. Even if it is the same one, I don’t think they’ll look at it any differently. So, fingers crossed!

      P.S. Glad your enjoying Magoosh, and hoping for the best for you!

  77. Mkumar November 5, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    I took test of toefl on 4th of November but my speaking not good I guess ! I am fully defined their material but I do 100% of me .
    Could you tell me that how they give mark for speaking section and writing section ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      On ETS’s TOEFL website, you can read the official marking guides for TOEFL Speaking and TOEFL Writing. These guides will give you the best possible idea of how the Speaking and Writing sections are graded.

  78. Chaitu November 17, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    I took TOEFL and I got total of 98
    Reading: 26
    Listening: 27
    Speaking: 23
    Writing: 22

    As you can see I got very less in the speaking and writing which are important. I am applying for Stanford and since it is less than minimum (100) should I need to take TOEFL.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 17, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi Chaitu,

      Yes, if your current score is below your target school’s minimum, I would recommend that you retake the TOEFL.

  79. divas November 21, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    Hi ,

    I got my TOEFL scores and I got a total score of 100.
    I plan to apply at Columbia and Cornell and I clear the individual sectional requirements for both, but they have a minimum requirement of total score 100.
    I am confused, should I retake the exam because I have just scores the bare minimum score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

      Congratulations on clearing all section scores and hitting the minimum whole-test score for both Columbia and Cornell! That’s quite impressive! 🙂 If you’ve reached the minimum TOEFL score and the rest of your application is strong, you probably have a good chance at getting accepted as is.

      Will a higher TOEFL score make you more competitive? Maybe. But that depends on the admissions policies of each school. A higher than 100 TOEFL score may or may not make you more competitive than you already are. To find out for sure, contact the admissions departments at your prospective universities. Explain your situation and ask them whether a higher score on retake will help your chances.

  80. Mac November 21, 2016 at 11:43 am #


    I got a Toefl score of 108.

    Is this score good enough for MS in the US in 2nd tier colleges?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2016 at 2:59 am #

      Hi Mac,

      That is a great score! The only reason you might want to retake is if you have specifically been told by a specific institution that they want a higher score. In general, this 108 will be more than enough to get you where you want to go! 🙂

  81. Alok December 26, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    my TOEFL score is 97 and my score breakdown is as follows:
    Reading: 24
    Listening: 24
    Speaking: 24
    Writing: 25

    I have applied for an undergrad course at the University of Maryland. Their minimum score requirement is 100 and scores of 99 and below belong to the Maryland English Institute category as shown in the link below:


    Im worried that they would outright reject me ,even though I have a strong profile and have been getting straight A’s at all my English courses in high school, just because of my slightly lower TOEFL score.

    I’d appreciate any response,

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi Alok,

      Your worry is understandable. Some universities really are quite strict about testing scores, and will reject people outright if they fall a few points short.

      However a lot of universities are more flexible. There’s always a chance you can be accepted, even without a passing score. This is especially true if your’e just a point or two below the cutoff, and the rest of your application is strong.

      I don’t know how strict the University of Maryland is, in particular. My advice is to call or email their admissions office. Explain your situation to them. Then, ask if you can still be accepted, based on your strong academics and based on the fact that your score is very close to 99. The worst they could do is say “no,” in which case, you’d need to retake the TOEFL and boost your score just a little. And the best they could say is “yes.” U Maryland’s admissions office just might have some good news for you!

  82. Sehra January 26, 2017 at 1:14 am #

    Hey Magoosh..

    My total score is 99
    Reading -30
    Listening – 30
    Speaking – 17
    Writing – 22

    I don’t know what to make of it. I seriously have no idea how i ended up doing so bad in speaking section.
    Should I take the test again?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 26, 2017 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Sehra,

      I’m sorry to hear that you weren’t able to reach your target score. Now, with regard to a retake, I would confirm with your target programs to see what are their TOEFL requirements. If your current score does not meet these requirements, I would highly encourage you to consider retaking the exam. Best of luck Sehra! 😀

  83. fernando February 16, 2017 at 11:15 am #


    I have a question. I want to apply to Chicago Business School that requires 104 points at TOEFL. However, I had 102 in the TOEFL exam. What will be you recommendation? I do not want to spend more time studying again for this exam unless there is no other choice.

    Listening: 29
    Speaking: 22
    Writing: 26


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Fernando,

      Unfortunately, if this is a requirement placed by the program, you typically should follow it. However, you can contact your target program to determine whether this is a strict requirement. If so, and you do want to apply to this target program, you will need to retake. If not, then you can proceed based on the information provided by the program. Still, you want to make sure that there is no miscommunication here. You don’t want to believe that everything is okay, but later find that this may be the reasoning for a rejection. Please note that requirements are typically the base necessary for review, so it’s best to abide by these requirements. Best of luck! 🙂

  84. Sun March 26, 2017 at 2:37 am #

    Hi Magoosh expert,

    Thanks for you nice chart above and all replies to all above questions.

    Could you please advise me regarding the minimum TOEFL require for Ivy league b-school?

    I just got 100 on TOEFL which is R25 L24 S26 W25. My dream b-school is Stanford and my score is just right to the minimum TOEFL score Stanford rerquires. (Stanford states no other sections minimum criteria)

    Firstly, I was very amazed that I could reach this 100+ target score range. However, several people advise me to retake the exam and informed me that average score of students in the program is 109.

    I can’t get this worry out of my head and I’m not confident that I could achieve 109+ in just a short time. (Would like to apply within this year for 2018 program).

    Could you please suggest me retake TOEFL or getting GMAT score to be more competitive?
    For example, TOEFL 100 and GMAT 700, should I cram for TOEFL 109 or GMAT 720

    Thank in advanced,

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 27, 2017 at 7:13 am #

      Hi Sun,

      First, please note that each of the top business school have their own minimum TOEFL requirement, so the best course of action would be to refer to your target schools to confirm what are their requirements. Next, business school application, especially for the top programs, can get a little tricky. In their review, each program looks at a number of variables, such as recommendations, resume, essays, extracurriculars, GPA, scores, and more. Each program places a different emphasis on different pieces. In addition, although each program won’t have quota for a specific demographic, the admissions office is trying to build a diverse class and that’s where it can get a little trickier. Some times, a seemingly great student won’t get accepted because there just isn’t enough seats. That said, scores are important, but it doesn’t mean it’s any more important than other pieces in the application.

      What I would recommend is reviewing your complete candidacy and application. You want the overall package to be a good representation of you and put your best foot forward. If you find your weakest point to be your score, then sure, retake the exams (e.g., TOEFL and/or GMAT). If you find that the rest of the package is lacking, then don’t cram your scores and let your application linger. This could negatively impact your chances.

      That being said, having a higher score often provides students with more “stress-relief” because you can always tell yourself “Hey, it wasn’t my scores!” So, if you feel like you’ll always wonder “what if” especially if you don’t get accepted, then you can take that into consideration for retaking the TOEFL to get a higher score even if you’re above the minimum.

      Regardless, I hope you do get in! You’ve got this–best of luck Sun! 😀

  85. Yemi April 3, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

    Hi, I scored 69 in toefl, please can you advise on schools I should apply to in Canada and us or any other country

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 4, 2017 at 12:41 am #

      69 is a little on the low side, but you still have a lot of options. Small public universities may accept you in either country, and you are also a good candidate for conditional acceptance, even at some top schools.

  86. abd almalek April 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    first of all excuse my English, i want to know what is the average Score in TOEFL that we can say it is a good a score?

    I will start studying for the Exam very soon with the GRE trying to earn a scholarship in THE US Universities.
    So please help to know what is the average score in TOEFL and GRE that we can say it is acceptable.
    I’m looking for a PHD in Mechanical Engineering, please help

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 18, 2017 at 2:09 am #

      For 2016, the median TOEFL score was between 84 and 88 (this is the range that contains the 50th percentile of test-takers). This data comes from ETS’s most recent report on average, median, and percentile of TOEFL scores worldwide. You can find the full report here. On page 7 of the report, you can see average TOEFL scores for non-business grad students, although PhD-Mechanical engineering averages are not included.

      It’s also important to remember that average TOEFL scores are very different by demographic. In other words, differnent averages are recorded for groups of people who have a certain shared native language, or the same level of education, or the same gender.

      To see how ETS’s official TOEFL averages report can be broken down, you may want to read Magoosh’s three-part analysis of the 2015 ETS TOEFL score data:

      Part 1: What is a Good Average TOEFL Score?
      Part 2: Average TOEFL Scores by Native Language and Home Country
      Part 3: Factors that Affect Average TOEFL Scores

      ETS actually offers a more detailed breakdown of GRE scores by intended major. If you look at their latest report on average GRE scores, you can find the averages for mechanical engineering grad students on page 29 of that PDF. Note that the GRE does not have a whole-test score, so averages and medians are listed individually for Quant, Verbal, and AWA.

      Here again, Magoosh has a good resource to help you analyze all of this: our guide to average GRE score range.

      Ultimately though, you really want to talk to the universities you’re applying to. Every university has their own score requirements for TOEFL and GRE. What matters most is that you meet the standards of the schools you’re trying to get into.

  87. Hakki April 13, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    I got 96 on toefl lucas.What are these options on the table for me as an undergraduate student?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi Hakki,

      Congrats on taking the TOEFL! I recommend that you look at your target programs and research their TOEFL requirement scores. With this information, you can better assess what your next steps will be. If you’ve met the score requirement, then you can proceed with your application. However, if you have not met the requirement, you can either reevaluate your target school list or retake the TOEFL. Best of luck! 😀

  88. Seerat sandhu April 18, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    Helllo magoosh !! Your videos are very helpful. I had scored overall 95 with 21in R,25 in L and W and 24 in S . I want to know whether this score is acceptable in US universities for the dentistry education. As I am a dentist in India and want to continue education further in United States .
    Thank you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Seerat,

      I’m happy to hear that you’ve found our videos to be helpful, and great job taking the TOEFL! With regard to acceptable scores, it’s actually hard to say as every program is different. I would recommend that you confirm the TOFEL score requirement with the admissions office of your target programs. This should give you a good general idea of what each program is looking for. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and get the information directly from the source, especially when dealing with requirements. I hope this helps a little! Best of luck! 😀

  89. Saloni September 11, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    Hi Magoosh
    I have an query, as I m looking forward to pursue MBA, so is it possible that I give TOEFL exam but not GMAT or GRE exam for MBA admission. I mean to say that is it necessary to GMAT or GRE exam, can we give ONLY TOFEL exam for MBA.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi Saloni,

      No, I have never heard of an MBA program that doesn’t require the GMAT or GRE in addition to a language test. You should expect to do both.

  90. Akanksha September 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Magoosh,
    I did my graduation, I want to ask that
    1-if we pass TOEFL tests, so there any courses available that we’ll get only just passing TOEFL test with good scores.
    2- is there good University which accept only TOEFL test

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Akanksha,

      It sounds like you want to know if TOEFL is all you have to do. Unfortunately… no. Admissions typically requires a TOEFL score and an additional test score (SAT/ACT for undergraduate, GRE/GMAT for graduate). So you will need to research the admissions requirements for the schools you want to attend, and make sure you gather all of the application materials (references, test scores, transcripts, etc.) to successfully apply.

  91. Muhammad November 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm #


    I’ve taken the tofel ibt test and achieved an overall score of 87 : reading 19 listening 22 speaking 24 writing 22. I am planning to apply to a university in Canada and most unis require an overall score of 80 but my main worry is the reading score since some universities require 20 in each section will that 1 point affect my admission chances greatly? And should I retake the test just to get a point higher in reading.

    Also thanks for your videos & help they’ve helped me immensely with my preparation for the test.

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 15, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      I would recommend trying for a retake. If all you need to do is raise your score by just one point, you’ve got a pretty good shot! Not only that, but with a little extra study, you could raise your score by at least a point in every section. And of course, schools only want to see your highest TOEFL score. So if something goes wrong and your retake score is lower in Reading, you haven’t really lost anything. (Other than than time and money, of course.)

  92. Abbas Shafie December 27, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    I want to apply for admission to the PhD program in the area of Mechanical Engineering. Briefly, I graduated from Sharif University of Technology, the first rank university in Iran, with a GPA 3.83. However, my TOEFL iBT score is 77 (reading: 22, Listening: 17, Speaking: 18, Writing: 20). Which University can I apply? I need financial support by university too.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 27, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Hi Abbas,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid we can’t give you a perfect answer to this question. However, based on these scores I would suggest that you retake the TOEFL. While you do reach the requirement for some universities, many schools will have a higher TOEFL requirement for funded positions as teaching or research assistants. A higher TOEFL score will open up more opportunities in a wider range of universities, and it will open the door to more funding opportunities. If you’re looking for high quality TOEFL prep, check out our Premium program with a free 7-day trial!

  93. Ayesha January 23, 2018 at 4:06 am #

    Hi, I want to apply for a graduate program in Cornell and I received a total score of 98 in my Toefl iBT with the following sectional grades:
    R: 20
    L: 25
    S: 27
    W: 26

    Now this does meet the minimum requirements for Cornell (77) but they also do state in their website that “MMH recommends applicants have a minimum total score of 100 on the TOEFL with recommended sectional scores of 25 in each category.”
    Now my score is above their minimum requirement but slightly below their recommendation.

    What do you think is the best way to deal with this issue?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 23, 2018 at 8:53 am #

      Hi Ayesha,

      I would honestly prepare for a retake. Your reading score is markedly lower than the rest, so while a more evenly-distributed 98 would probably be okay, that reading score will be a small red flag for the admissions officers, in my opinion. Ultimately, this choice is yours! Good luck. 🙂

  94. Van Nguyen April 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    Hi, I’m Van. My first TOEFL score is 66, I took the test with 1 month for preparation. I need 80 scores to get qualify for application to Graduate School. Do you think I can do it by taking your class and sticking to Magoosh’s schedule studying in 2 months?

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 1, 2018 at 9:23 am #

      Raising your TOEFL score from 660 to 80 (or higher) in two months will take a lot of work. It’s definitely possible though, and Magoosh TOEFL Premium can certainly help you aim for that score. Based on what you’ve told me, I recommend checking out Magoosh’s 2-month study schedule for the TOEFL. That plan outlines the best way to use our Premium resources and support (along with ETS materials) to boost your score as much as possible in two months.

  95. jazzaa May 4, 2018 at 8:54 am #

    wow By chance I found this blog .. help me very, very much I can not thank you. What about British universities and the TOEFL?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 7, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      Hi Jazzaa,

      I’m so glad that our blog is helpful for you! We don’t have an infographic like this that is specific to the TOEFL and UK universities, but you can see a lit of all of the universities that accept the TOEFL on the ETS website. Many universities in the UK accept IELTS scores, and you can see more information about that on our IELTS blog!

  96. Njeove G. September 9, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    Please I really need you people’s help I wrote the TOEFL ibt test and my results where lower than the minimum score required by my dream university and I have to retake the TOEFL test again please I really need some advice and tips on how I can have a better score now that I want to rewrite it and my score on the listening section was really low please I really need your help

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 14, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      Hi Njeove,

      I’m sorry to hear that your scores were lower than you need for your dream schools! I recommend that you start with this blog post: How to Study for a TOEFL Retake. If you need to improve on your listening skills, then it’s also important to immerse yourself in English as much as possible. We have a lot of resources for good listening practice on our blog–try to listen to the radio, news stories, lectures or even watch movies in English as much as possible! The more you expose yourself to English, the more confident you will become 🙂

      I also encourage you to look at all of our Listening Section blog posts. There are a lot of great information, strategies and methods you can use on the listening section.

      If you are looking for more support, I encourage you to check out our Magoosh Premium Program. As a Premium Student, you will have access to hundreds of lesson videos and practice questions that cover all aspects of the test, and you will get support from our team of experienced tutors.

  97. Ali October 7, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    Hi Magoosh
    I obtained 98 on the iBT TOEFL test of Feb 2018 (R:25 L:29 S:22 W:22). Although this is not I feel my score would’ve been much more. My English is pretty good and To be honest I want to shoot for the best universities. I believe this score doesn’t reflect my true ability, Do you recommend taking another test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 13, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Ali,

      If you truly believe you can score better than this 98, it can definitely be worth retaking the TOEFL. It doesn’t hurt your admissions chances to try again, so if you have the resources to take it again, I support you!

  98. Cilin November 11, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    Hi my Toefl score is 99. I know I can surely get better but does 99 effect my admission to universities which demand 100.
    PS : RLSW~22 27 28 22

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 14, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

      Hi Cilin!

      The best way to determine whether or not a score of 99 will impact your admissions is to directly contact the schools you’re interested in! 🙂 Some schools will have a hard cutoff for their minimum scores, but it’s definitely worth asking if they can make an exception for 1 point. You won’t know for sure unless you ask. 😀

  99. Maria June 25, 2019 at 1:47 am #

    Thanks for this informative article! I would like to know if Princeton does Superscore with TOEFL scores?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 28, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi Maria,

      You are very welcome! However, we aren’t the best people to answer this question. I recommend that you reach out directly to an admissions advisor at Princeton to ask about their policies. Good luck!

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