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TOEFL® Essentials Scores and Admissions

Accepting Scores

You don't have to choose between the TOEFL iBT® test and the TOEFL® Essentials test — you can accept both! And doing so will give you the broadest range of qualified international applicants of any test provider.

If your institution already has a 4-digit score-user code for TOEFL® tests, you and your applicants will use that same code for TOEFL Essentials scores. If you don't have a TOEFL score-user code, apply for one.

If your institution uses a data management system for test scores, it will need to be configured to accept TOEFL Essentials scores, as with any new test. View Score Reporting for guidance about updating your data system.

Communicating Your Acceptance

Once you've made the decision to accept TOEFL Essentials scores, we recommend communicating your acceptance and score requirements on your website.

We also recommend communicating your decision to accept the TOEFL Essentials test with us so that we may update our list of accepting institutions that is available to test takers worldwide. Let us know by filling out the TOEFL Test Products Acceptance Form or sending us an email at toeflnews@ets.org.

Setting Score Requirements

The TOEFL Essentials test will have a total score and section scores for each of the 4 sections (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). This test features a new score scale that consists of bands from 1 to 12 for both total and section scores. This score scale, as well as evidence for the validity, reliability and accuracy of the TOEFL Essentials test can be found in the Design Framework for the TOEFL® Essentials Test 2021. Learn more about the score scale and setting score requirements.