Setting Score Requirements
- Use the TOEFL iBT® test standard-setting CD-ROM. Email TOEFLNews@ets.org
or call +1-609-683-2008 to obtain the CD.
Helpful Tips for Setting Score Requirements:
- Set separate section score requirements as well as a total score requirement.
- Setting high requirements may limit your applicant pool, which means you may be rejecting qualified applicants.
- Setting requirements too low can lead to accepting students who may not have the English-language skills to succeed at your institution.
- Set different test section score requirements for different academic departments.
- Set flexible scores initially.
- Conduct periodic reviews of your score requirements.
- Consider whether English language learning support is available at your institution.
Note: We encourage you to post your TOEFL® Institution Code and TOEFL score requirements on your website.
- Sample Responses for Writing
- Listen to Sample Responses for Speaking at Various Score Levels (TOEFL® Practice Online)
- Setting Speaking Scores for International Teaching Assistants (Research Memorandum)
- Guidance for Setting Final Scores
- Compare TOEFL Scores to IELTS® Scores
Among admissions officers surveyed, and who expressed a preference*, four out of five prefer the TOEFL test.
* Source: Survey of 263 admissions officers at U.S. universities, of which 212 accept both the TOEFL test and the IELTS™ test and 152 state a preference.