Minimum TOEFL Score – US Universities

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If you are applying to to U.S. Schools, colleges as an International Student, where English language is not native language, then TOEFL test is  mandatory application requirement.

All the schools require you have to minimum TOEFL scores to be considered for admission. Students post lots of questions like

  • What is the minimum TOEFL Score required for admission into U.S. Universities
  • My TOEFL Score is 79, can I get admission in MS
  • What is the Minimum TOEFL score required to get admission with scholarship
  • What is acceptable toefl scores required for admission
  • What is minimum toefl iBT score required for admission in US colleges

Though all the questions are different, it refer to same question.

Where to Find Minimum TOEFL Scores

If you look at International Student admission page in any college, university web page, they will list the minimum TOEFL scores required to be considered for admission.

For example, here list of scores required by few schools

Arizona State University
Total Score: 83

Auburn University
Total Score: 80, with the following minimum section requirements
Reading: 20, Listening: 20, Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Case Western Reserve University – School of Graduate Studies
Total Score: 79, with the following minimum section requirements
Reading: 19, Listening: 15, Writing: 22, Speaking: 23

Some students will have taken TOEFL CBT (Computer Based Test) which will have scores to 300 points. In that case usually universities requires atleast 213. Alos, some in countries Paper Based test is also offered which scores ranging from 310 to 677 and 0-6 in writing.

TOEFL Minimum Section Requirements

As you can see some schools have one minimum score like ASU – 83, while others requires you to have minimum overall toefl score and minimum in each TOEFL sections. So, check the admission requirements page of the universities you plan to apply.

What of Minimum TOEFL Score is not Specified?

If you look at college admission requirements page, for sure minimum required TOEFL scores will be specified, some schools will not specify what is the minimum GRE Score required for admission, but TOEFL will be definitely be there.

Next question you will naturally tend to have -

My TOEFL Score is 78, but I’m applying for Case Western Reserve University, which requires 79 as minimum score, can I still apply for admission?

Part 2 of this article explains the answer to above question – Minimum TOEFL Score Required for US Universities

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Raghuram SukumarMinimum TOEFL Score – US Universities