TOEFL Score 77, Can I Apply for Admission at US Universities?

By Raghuram Sukumar TOEFL 64 Comments

International Students applying for college admission at U.S. universities are required to submit their TOEFL scores.

Most American colleges and universities will require the minimum TOEFL score of 79, but what if the score is slightly less than 79?

We have already discussed about the Minimum TOEFL Score for U.S. universities in one of the previous articles; this will be continuation of that article.

There are a couple of things that can happen if the TOEFL score is lower than the required minimum score:

  1. The university admission committee will look at your credentials like academic score, English fluency in Statement of Purpose, score in English course, and GRE Score.
    If they think you have sufficient proficiency in English, you will get an unconditional admission.
  2. If the committee members feel you don’t have the required English speaking and writing skills, you will get a conditional admission.
    Here, you will either have to take one English course, or pass the English exam similar to TOEFL to be provided by the school.

If you happen to get a conditional admission, you can always re-take the TOEFL exam so as to improve your score and get your conditional admission status waived.

Some schools will give the option to take another English test in school as well.

Related: Which is right the acronym for TOEFL? – TEFL, TOEFL, TOFEL, TEOFL?

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Comments 64

  1. Jagraj Singh

    my toefl score is 76 so this conditional admission tag gonna hamper our academic profile during our education at the university ??

  2. Anu

    I got 76 in toefl is that ok as i applied for Texas a&m university , of Texas-San Antonio …Wayne state university -Michigan ..Wichita state university -Kansas ..pls suggest me whether I”ll get an admission or not depending on my score n GRE score-293 n academic % is 79

    1. HSB Counselor

      Hi Anu, Your TOEFL score does not meet the minimum requirement of 79/120. You may get a conditional admission offer but that would need you to retake TOEFL to complete the admission requirement.
      GRE score is fine and academic percentage has been good. You can either plan for a TOEFL retake or can check for IELTS.
      Good day!

    1. HSB Counselor

      Even the undergraduates need to meet the admission requirement of 79. Check with the Universities you are interested in to apply to. Conditional admission is possible but that would require you to retake the test to meet the admission criteria.

      1. Misha

        is it possible to retake only the reading and listening section of the test because i score only 15 out of 30 for both the sections or should i retake the whole test.

  3. vedavathi


    my toefl IBT score is 74 and I am planing to take up MS in US in electronics and have 70% in my engineering .Please let me know if i could get into good university with this TOEFL score and if I am eligible for scolarships?????????

    Waiting for the reply

  4. jyothi

    hi every one , I got 288/340 in GRE and 78 in TOEFL . can i get an admission into FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ? please ans me as soon as possible i need help

  5. jyothi

    Hey Hi,
    I got 288/340 in GRE and 78 in TOEFL ibt can u please let me know whether i can get admission in FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ? wil b waiting for the reply
    Thank you

  6. jyothi

    hey hi,
    i got 288/340 IN GRE and my TOEFL score is 78 will I get admission into FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ? please do ans my question as soon as possible.
    Thank you.

  7. WD gunawardana

    My toefl scores are as follows:
    speech 24
    total score is 77
    which universities can i apply for post graduate degreee in chemistry in north america

    1. nimesh

      hi My TOEFL score is 77 in gre score is 850 out of 1600 and gmat score is 390 i am looking out for university in USA for MS in master in information system which accept my above score for can you help me out

  8. Juvendi

    I took the TOEFL exam 2 weeks ago and I got 75 points. I really would like to study business and administration during one semester in UK or in the USA but most of university requirements are 80 points. Can you help me to find a university where I can apply? Thanks

  9. Elham

    my toefl score (PBT) is 513 with twe:4. can I get scholarship for master degree in agricultural biotechnology in USA? please answer me immidiately. I need your help.
    thank you so much.

  10. teja

    Dear sir ,
    im teja i got 285 in GRE and my toefl is 76 , i want to pursue my Masters in US……is there any possibility that i cant get admit in any colleges…?Please suggest me some universities which i can apply……im planin for this FALL 2012……please give me reply soon……
    Thanking you,

  11. nisha rajput

    I scored 76 marks in TOEFLiBT.Am i eligible to get admission in any U.S.A university?I have done M.A,B.ed.My M.A is in history subject.I am from india.

  12. shweta

    My gre score is 292 out of 340 and toefl score is 76 out of 120. Can i get admission for ms in computer science in a good university? please help me.

  13. ayid

    i got 70/120 for my Toefl exam and that was my first time taking this exam without any preparation. the problem is, the deadline to sumbit my application and materials for music school was on 1st december. i did mention to the universities where i will submit the score as soon as possible. the minumum score for most of the schools im applying is 86. so i receved quite low score for toefl. so, my question is, how important Toefl for music composition course? is there any possibility for me to get the admission with the score due to the limited time im facing now? what should i do if im not going retake the toefl?

    thank you.

  14. yugandhar

    I scored 76 in TOEFL ibt… and my aggregate is 74 % in B.Tech in the stream of IT. I wrote Gre aswell. So , can u plzzzzz let me know whether i get admission in US universities with my toefl score…… and let me know the universities plzzz…

  15. Tvsmastar

    I got toefl score of 71(R-15,l-15,s-20,w-21) and my gre(revised) score is ranged around 1050-1150 and i have 71.20% in my acedamics(engineering). can i get admission in a good university

  16. Chandrashekar Allumkonda

    I got 78 Toefl scores…(reading-18,Listening-14,speaking-22,writing-24) and my GRE-1030(quant-750+verbal-250,AWA-2.5) and ACADS-75% in B.Tech ECE.
    So can I apply to universities with 80 TOEFL cutoff

  17. bramara

    im teja i got a score of 950 in GRE and 77 in TOEFL . im from a b/pharmacy background.  so can u plz suggest me the universities and courses that i can opt 4?

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