When you apply to college in an English-speaking country such as the U.S., the U.K. or Australia, you may have to prove that you speak English well enough to keep up with coursework. Taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a great way to do that. But– what is the TOEFL and what’s a good TOEFL score?
What is the TOEFL?
The TOEFL iBT (internet based test) tests English proficiency through listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The entire test takes about 4 1/2 hours to complete.
What is the score range?
TOEFL iBT scores range from 0 to 120.
There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) and you can score up to 30 in each.
What is a good TOEFL score?
Last year, 52% of English-language school applicants scored an 80 or above on the TOEFL iBT. Only 15% scored over 100. Therefore, if you can get over an 80 then you are doing pretty well. If you can get over 100, well, that’s excellent.
|University/School||Mid 80% GPA||Mid 80% GMAT||Average experience (yrs)|
|Duke University, Fuqua School of Business||3.0 - 3.83||640-750||5|
|University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School||Not reported||710-750||5|
|University of Chicago, Booth School of Business||3.2-3.9||724*||4.6|
|Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business||Not reported||732*||4|
|Columbia University, Columbia Business School||3.1–3.8||680–760||5|
|Yale University, Yale School of Management||3.17-3.87||680-760||Not reported|
|Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management||Not reported||717*||Not reported|
|Harvard University, Harvard Business School||3.67*||730*||Not reported|
|University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ross School of Business||Not reported||650–750||Not reported|
|Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business||3.3*||687*||4.9|
|University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management||3.2-3.8||680-750||5|
|University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School||3.4*||640-750||5|
|Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management||3.34*||700*||4.7|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management||3.6*||660-760||5|
|Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business||3.5*||670-750||5|
|Indiana University, Kelley School of Business||3.34*||668*||5|
|University of Maryland, Smith School of Business||3.3*||600 - 710||5.5|
|Emory University, Goizueta Business School||3.3*||620-730||5|
|University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business||3.36-3.90||680-750||5|
|University of Virginia, Darden School of Business||3.5*||706*||Not reported|
|University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business||3.3*||640-730||5|
|New York University, Stern School of Business||3.18-3.84||680-760||4.3|
|University of Texas Austin, McCombs School of Business||3.4*||690*||5|
|Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business||2.88-3.79||640-730||4.75|
|Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business||3.4*||676*||5.4|
|Queen's University, Queen's Business School||Not reported||650*||5|
|Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School||3.43*||699*||4|
|University of Washington, Foster School of Business||3.43*||630-720||6.3|
|University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business||3.36*||687*||5.2|
|Western University, Ivey School of Business||Not reported||656*||4.7|
|University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management||3.5*||672*||4.3|
|China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS)||Not reported||692*||5.3|
|Singapore Management University, Chian School of Business||Not reported||660*||42131|
|Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Business School||Not reported||Not reported||Not reported|
|National University of Singapore, NUS Business School||Not reported||672*||5.5|
|Paris Tech, HEC Paris||Not reported||690*||Not reported|
|University of Oxford, Saïd Business School||Not reported||692*||5|
|University of Cambridge, Judge Business School||Not reported||680*||6.5|
|University of London, London Business School||Not reported||700*||5.5|
What if my score is really low?
Some schools offer “conditional acceptance,” which allows you to take intensive English lessons before starting regular university classes. For example, the ACCESS Program at George Mason University “allows first-year students to develop their academic English language skills while taking a full-time academic course load toward a bachelor’s degree.” A list of colleges that accept students with low TOEFL scores can be found here.
In general, acceptance to these kinds of programs requires a TOEFL score of at least 60, although some programs exist for scores as low as 45. Thankfully, only about 6% of applicants scored at or below 45 in 2015, and only 18% scored at or below 60.
How often can I take it?
You can take the TOEFL once every 12 days. Beyond that, you can take it as many time as you’d like– keeping in mind how often it’s offered in your area.
How much does it cost and where do I register?
Maija Wallace is a freelance writer for college admissions blogs. Her website is located at www.travelinglang.us