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How TOEFL® Test Scores Are Used

For institutions that have defined the level of English-language proficiency required for a particular course of study, official TOEFL® test scores can be used to help determine if:

  • A student may begin academic work with no restrictions.
  • A student may begin academic work with some restrictions, including concurrent work in English-language classes.
  • A student is eligible to begin an academic program within a stipulated period of time but is assigned to a full-time English-language program first.
  • A student's official status cannot be determined until he or she reaches a satisfactory level of English-language proficiency. This decision will require the student to pursue full-time English-language training.

Such decisions should never be based on TOEFL scores alone. All relevant information should be considered.

View the following TOEFL iBT® Research Insights to learn more about how TOEFL scores are used:

Learn more about how to interpret TOEFL scores.

We encourage you to post your TOEFL Institution Code and TOEFL score requirements on your website.

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