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TOEFL iBT® Test

The premier test of academic English communication

Learn more by selecting any step in your TOEFL iBT® journey.
 

Understanding Your TOEFL iBT Scores

What do your scores mean?

You’ll receive four scaled section scores and a total score.

  • Each section has a score range of 0–30.
  • These are added together for a total score of 0–120.

Each skill has four or five proficiency levels, so where your score falls within that range tells you your proficiency for that skill.

 Skill

Level

 Reading

Advanced (24–30)
High-Intermediate (18–23)
Low-Intermediate (4–17)
Below Low-Intermediate (0–3)

 Listening

Advanced (22–30)
High-Intermediate (17–21)
Low-Intermediate (9–16)
Below Low-Intermediate (0–8)

 Speaking

Advanced (25–30)
High-Intermediate (20–24)
Low-Intermediate (16–19)
Basic (10–15)
Below Basic (0–9)

 Writing

Advanced (24–30)
High-Intermediate (17–23)
Low-Intermediate (13–16)
Basic (7–12)
Below Basic (0–6)


For more information, see Performance Descriptors for the TOEFL iBT® Test (PDF).

Did you pass?

There are no passing or failing scores set by the TOEFL Program or ETS. Each institution or agency sets its own score requirements. For more information about how your scores will be used or interpreted, contact the institution or agency directly.
 

What are MyBest® scores

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MyBest® scores (or superscores) show your best overall performance by combining your highest section scores from all test dates within the last 2 years. This means you may be able to meet score requirements for your institution with fewer tests and meet your goals sooner.

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What do MyBest scores look like?

All TOEFL iBT score reports show both your traditional scores from your selected test date and your MyBest scores, like this:

This image shows a single student test score where scores for reading, listening, speaking, writing and a total score are shown on the left, and the right image is showing the test takers MyBest score for each section from all of their valid TOEFL scores in the last 2 years.

An increasing number of universities and other institutions accept MyBest scores. We recommend that you check with institutions directly to confirm their TOEFL score requirements.

If you take the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition, the MyBest scores section will only include your scores from Paper Edition tests. It won’t include your scores from tests taken at a test center or from home (TOEFL iBT Home Edition).
 

How is the test scored?

TOEFL tests are only scored by a centralized scoring network, never at the test center. The Reading and Listening sections are scored by computer. The Speaking and Writing1 sections are scored by a combination of automated AI scoring and multiple, highly trained human raters to:

  • offer a complete and accurate picture of your ability
  • minimize the rater bias that can occur with face-to-face interviews
  • ensure consistency and the highest quality

1 The TOEFL iBT Paper Edition Writing section is scored by human raters only.
 

Who accepts Home Edition scores?

View the list of institutions that accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition scores.