Compare TOEFL® Scores

Take the Guesswork out of Comparing Scores — With Score Comparison Tools From the Maker of the TOEFL® Test

As the maker of the TOEFL® test, ETS aims to give you the information you need to make the best admissions decisions for your institution. That's why we've conducted research to develop these helpful tools that make it easier for you to compare TOEFL iBT® scores to the IELTS® academic module. You can count on the TOEFL test to bring you the tools you need to admit highly qualified students with the English-language skills it takes to succeed at your institution.

Score Comparison Tool

Drag the slider to the TOEFL iBT Total Score (or enter it in the box below) to see the IELTS Overall Band Score.

An interactive tool to compare TOEFL scores to IELTS Band Sores. To make comparisons without using this tool, see the tables below.

Overview

ETS developed the score comparison tool to help score users make well-educated admissions decisions by allowing them to compare TOEFL iBT scores to IELTS Band Scores. The data is based on the analysis of 1,153 individuals who took both the TOEFL test and the IELTS academic test.

Research Reports

Learn more about how ETS developed these score comparison tools with detailed research reports that discuss our methodology and conclusions.

Linking TOEFL iBT Scores to IELTS® Scores — A Research Report
ETS conducted score comparison research between the TOEFL test and an alternative test, IELTS academic. For the research, ETS obtained a sample of 1,153 students who had both IELTS and TOEFL scores. Under this approach, TOEFL iBT score ranges are identified for test takers meeting a particular score level on the equivalent IELTS score band. The score comparison results for each section (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) and for the total test showed that most of the students in the sample scored in the middle to mid-high score ranges on both tests.

Linking English-language Test Scores Onto the Common European Framework of Reference
In this study, English-language experts from across Europe linked the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels to scores on three tests: the TOEFL iBT test, the TOEIC® tests, and the TOEIC Bridge™ test. The purpose of this mapping study was to identify the minimum scores on the TOEFL iBT test corresponding to each level of the CEFR. Minimum scores were identified separately for Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Comparison Charts

Based on the research reports that link TOEFL iBT scores to IELTS and CEFR scores, ETS developed these comparison charts to help you make informed admissions decisions.

TOEFL Score IELTS Band
0–31 0–4
32–34 4.5
35–45 5
46–59* 5.5
60–78* 6
79–93* 6.5
94–101* 7
102–109* 7.5
110–114 8
115–117 8.5
118–120 9
CEFR TOEFL Score
  0–56
B1 57–86
B2 87–109
C1 110–120

* Indicates score comparison ranges with the highest degree of confidence

ETS does not endorse using the tables to calculate cut scores. Institutions wishing to set cut scores should study the two tests and work with test results to set cut scores that are appropriate to meet their specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about comparing TOEFL scores.

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