What Score Do I Need To Get For The TOEFL?

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TOEFL Scoring: The Basics

Most universities and colleges in the United States require international students to have TOEFL scores between 80 and 100. When students take the TOEFL, they can indicate up to four educational institutions that they wish to receive their scores. This service of sending the designated universities the students’ scores is free for the first four institutions. A fee of $17 applies to each college after that. A student's scores are typically online within two weeks of taking the TOEFL.

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Which Scores Matter?

Most international students wonder what score they need to obtain on the TOEFL in order to gain entrance to the university of their choice. While the actual score needed varies with each university, the following provides this information for a few of the top universities in the country:

  • Princeton University recommends a score of 108 for both graduates and undergrads with a speaking score of 28.
  • UC Berkeley requires its international undergraduate students to have a score of 80 while grad students need 90.
  • Yale University requires a TOEFL score of 100 for its international students in both its undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Cornell University requires its undergraduate students to have a score of 100 on the TOEFL. Its graduate students need a score of 77. That score is further broken down into minimums for speaking (22), writing (20), listening (15) and reading (20).
  • Harvard University requires its MBA prospects to have a score of 109 while students wishing to enter its graduate education program must have a total score of 104, with subscores of at least 26. Undergraduate students need a score of 100, while graduate students are required to have a score of 80.

The above list is just a small sampling of the TOEFL scores that universities in the United States require. For schools not listed above, interested students can search on the university's website or contact their admission department to obtain information about minimum scores as well as other requirements.

Alison Blankenship works at TextbookRush in the marketing department. TextbookRush offers students the convenient choice to rent and sell textbooks online. 

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