The TOEFL Essentials overall band score is calculated as the average of the four section band scores. The overall band score ranges from 1 to 12 in increments of 0.5, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The TOEFL iBT total score is calculated as the sum of the four section scores and it ranges from 0 to 120 in increments of 1.
Use the table to select a corresponding TOEFL Essentials score based on a TOEFL iBT score within a given range. For example, a TOEFL iBT score of 90 falls within the 72–94 range for the CEFR B2 level. The corresponding range for the TOEFL Essentials overall band score is 8–9.5. The total score comparison table can be used to decide how low or high the requirement for the TOEFL Essentials overall band score should be within that range. In this case, a higher TOEFL Essentials band score (e.g., 9) can be used when a TOEFL iBT total score (e.g., 90) is also higher in the corresponding range.
To set comparable score requirements between TOEFL Essentials band scores and IELTS band scores, institutions can use the TOEFL iBT® and IELTS® Score Comparison Tool.