What’s a “Good” TOEFL Score?

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If you are a non-native English speaker planning to attend a US university, you’ll need to take either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS in order to determine and demonstrate English proficiency. But what constitutes a “good” score? Instead of thinking in terms of “good” and “bad” it’s useful to see what your college or university requires and make goals to exceed their requirements. Having a goal in mind will help challenge and direct you in your study of the TOEFL, whether it’s through an English school or private classes. The world-wide average Internet TOEFL score in 2012 was 80/120.

Here is a chart from About.com that shows required scores for a few US universities.

Test Score Requirements
College
(click for more info)
Internet-Based TOEFL Paper-Based TOEFL GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Amherst College 100 recommended 600 recommended see graph
Bowling Green State U 61 minimum not reported see graph
MIT 90 minimum
100 recommended
577 minimum
600 recommended
see graph
The Ohio State University 79 minimum 550 minimum see graph
Pomona College 100 minimum 600 minimum see graph
UC Berkeley 80 minimum 550 minimum see graph
University of Florida 80 minimum 550 minimum see graph
UNC Chapel Hill 100 recommended 600 recommended see graph
University of Southern California 100 minimum not reported see graph
UT Austin 79 minimum 550 minimum see graph
Whitman College 85 minimum 560 minimum see graph

If you’re looking to improve your TOEFL score, or study in the US to learn English, look at our school’s programs and contact us for details.

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