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Select any step to learn more about using TOEFL iBT® scores.


An Enhanced TOEFL iBT Experience

Learn about the latest enhancements being made to the TOEFL iBT testing experience, including a shorter test time. Enhancements go into effect on July 26, 2023.

TOEFL iBT Score Use

Your institution can use official TOEFL iBT scores as more than just an admissions requirement; you can also use them to help determine if:

  • a student may begin academic work with no restrictions or
  • with some restrictions, including concurrent work in English-language classes.
  • a student is eligible to begin an academic program within a specific period of time but is assigned to a full-time English-language program first.
  • a student's official status can’t be determined until they reach a satisfactory level of English-language proficiency.

However, you shouldn’t base those decisions on TOEFL iBT scores alone; you should consider all relevant information about a student for admissions

Score Use Research
TOEFL iBT Research Insight Series


Vol. 3: Reliability and Comparability of TOEFL iBT Scores (PDF)

An introduction for nonexperts to the key assessment concept of reliability, describing areas of practice that ETS uses to ensure that TOEFL iBT scores are reliable and comparable across forms.

Vol. 4: Validity Evidence Supporting the Interpretation and Use of TOEFL iBT Scores (PDF)

An introduction to the central notion of score validity and a presentation of the validity argument for the TOEFL iBT test, including summaries of research investigating key test claims.

Vol. 5: Information for Score Users, Teachers and Learners (PDF)

Information for TOEFL iBT stakeholders, including score use guidelines, options for receiving TOEFL iBT scores, services and materials to assist score users.