Supriyo @ Minimum TOEFL iBT Score, says:

I appeared for TOEFL iBT on the 25th of July, and the exam was quite difficult than the practice materials available. I did really badly in the listening section.
In the writing section, I was expecting a good score, but I ended up getting only 24. My overall score is 95.
I want to pursue PhD studies in the USA or Canada. Any advice for me? Should I retake the test?


A TOEFL iBT score of 95 is definitely good enough to get admission in the U.S. for a PhD program. Most universities in America will have a minimum required TOEFL score of around 60 to 80.

So a score of 95 in TOEFL is enough to apply and get PhD admission. I’ve encountered many similar comments in this blog, such as:

  • I scored 85 in TOEFL, can you give me a list of U.S. universities that accept the score and give admission with aid?
  • Can I apply to study in graduate schools in the U.S. only with a TOEFL iBT Score of 78?

After minimum the TOEFL iBT score requirements are met, other factors like GRE score, academic percentage, and research experience will be taken into account by an admission committee.

Also, applying for a PhD program is not the same as applying for admission into a master’s program.

So in your case, it’s not required to retake the test. If you had a score of less than 60, then you can consider retaking TOEFL iBT exam. But not with a good score of 95.


  1. Jude on May 31, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Hi, I have completed my MTech in energy system engineering, BE in mechanical engineering. I want to pursue PhD in solar engineering. My Toefl marks are 94. Can u suggest me good universities who offer 100% scholarships for Phd.

  2. mansour on October 30, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    hi im from iran i wana apply for phd im studying chemistry. my GPA is 66 and toefl 85. can i be accepted

  3. Ajay on October 6, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    My acads Is 70% with no backlog
    My toefl score is 72
    GRE expecting between 290-295
    Can u suggest me universities for Ms in cs
    (* no condition admit -looking for direct admit)
    Looking for reply 🙂

  4. eda on September 9, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Hi ! my toefl score is 78 and I have research experiences with the best groups around world at my area, biomedical engineering. Also I have goverment scholarship covers university tuition, insurance and some part of living expenses. Do I need to increase my TOEFL score, or it is ok to have PhD acceptance from USA universities ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 9, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      TOEFL score of 78 is on the low side. For PhD schools may need higher core.
      But, check with admission requirements before retaking the test.

  5. Argha on December 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    For an application for a PhD program, within the same ETS code for a school, how does one differentiate an MBA program from a PhD program. I can find divisions like “Graduate Schools” & “Graduate School of Management”. Which one is for PhD?

  6. Shekhar on November 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I have also got a TOEFL score of 95(R-17,L-25,S-26,W-27),Can I Get a good University for Masters in Electrical Engineering in Netherlands,Germany or Switzerland ? Plzz help me out

  7. Any on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I have got 311 in gre and 93 in toefl….I wanna do ms in finance from new York. In which top colleges can I apply?

  8. M.Surekha on May 15, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Respected sir/madam,
    I am planning to do masters in usa,I have recently completed my in india.I just want to know is it possible to do masters based on toefl,is it compulsary to write gre also or only toefl is enough please suggest me.

  9. prashant on April 22, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    I had scored 95 in TOEFL with 22+ in all sections..

    DO i need to retake it for chances of TA in US universities?? for MSEE

    • Elaize Varghese on June 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      Hi prashant…i too got the same score 95 in toefl ..i think this score is gladly accepted at most universities in us

      • Prashant kapoor on June 15, 2011 at 12:58 AM

        hmm…ya i know i very well satisfy the criterion stated by almost every american University but the thing is i had heard with good TOEFL the chances of initial TA/RA are much better.

        Moreover, i had reject from NCSU EE for Spring 12. As per seniors on edulix, it could be because of Spring factor or TOEFL since it should have been quite safe because of my acads.

        GRE:1350(V570+Q780+3.5) TOEFL:25(S,W:26 , L:25,R:22)

        UG %:86

        Decent SOP and LOR in support of my SOP

  10. Youmir on April 5, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    I have scored 72 in my toefl ibt , I want to know if it's good enough for british universities , can you please provide me any information about this situation.
    Waiting for your reply , I thank you 🙂

  11. shilpa on February 27, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    i have scored 71 in toefl ibt i want to apply for graduate program in computer sciencecan you please provide me the university names which accept this score in f usa. thank you and waiting for reply

    please mail me as soon as possible.

  12. byambaa on February 10, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Dear Sir,

    i've got iBT score of 92, i have first division in BS in Medicine. is the score enough for me to study Master or PhD in USA or Canada? can u give me a list of universities which accept above score and if possible with financial aid. Thanks

  13. swati on January 26, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    I have taken my first TOEFL test in 3 DEC, 2010. I got 76 (R-17, L-15, S-23, W21) out of 120. But the university refused to give admission having the score of 76, they want 80 for doctor of psychology programme..I am going to rewrite my exam..Any suggestions ??

  14. Prem on January 24, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    sorry my score in gre is 1160(verb 510 and 650 in

  15. Prem on January 24, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    my toefl score is 74.i have 1160 (510 verb and 610 in math)
    in gre. I have first division in B.Sc.and M.Sc.My major is
    Chemistry.Can I enroll in Ms or phd programe in U.S

  16. surgururaja on November 7, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    I scored 45 in TOEFL iBT,can you give me list of universities that accept the score for admission in phd programme with aid

  17. kumarswamy on November 5, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    hi..sir..i have got score 104 in toefl and my problem is i din't take gre test ,is toefl score is enough to get the US visa for MS ..and interviewing person what they going to ask questions.please give me the feed back..

  18. hassan_eskandari on October 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    you are very helpful

  19. sowmya on September 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    hello sir,

    Am sowmya, i took TOEFL ibt test a week ago, and my score is 94. And am looking out for an aid to pursue my masters in US. Am yet to give my GRE nxt month. Is tis toefl score adequate to grant me an aid?? or shud i retake d test??? plz suggest me wat best i can do ..!!!!

  20. Manoj on July 25, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Nw m in 2nd yr inegrated, Hw to preapare for GRE ND TOEFL? Should u tell me does any need of these exam for doing phd in England?

  21. Saswata on February 9, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    I’ll start preparation for TOEFL-ibt. Please suggest a standard book except Barron’s which have CDs to prepare better.

    • Manoj on July 25, 2010 at 8:28 PM

      Hi,i want to do phd in US or England in genetic otherwise in space,nw m doing m. Tech integrated 5yr. My dream is to do phd nd hw to preapare for TOEFL ND GRE exam i dnt knw hw to preapare for these exam? Plzz give ur comment….

  22. Ravi on December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM


    I am looking to pursue MS in US….…

    ohh my profile…

    i have done B-tech ( Information technology) with 72%

    Research papers- 2 International Research papers

    Conferences – 2 National Conferences + 1 International Seminar + 2 Seminars

    Community Service – 2 Years +

    Cultural Activities – College Cultural head(Last 3 years) + many Certificates both Cultural and Technical

    Work Ex(Part time) – 2 Years with an event management firm + Survey Work for an MNC

    i am looking for MS in Space technology / Information technology.

    i Expect my GRE score Between 1100-1250 and TOEFL Score bet 90-110

    My dream universities are UC Barkeley and Carnegie mellon

    Could u suggest me any piece of advice

  23. Gayathri on November 9, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    Hi,I would like to know if i can get an admission for PhD in U.S with a TOEFL score of 78.Will i have to re-write the exam?

  24. Abhishek on September 27, 2009 at 2:44 AM

    Hi, i want to do phd from US in Philosophy. I really need to know, with what score in GRE (imminent) in hand i can apply. if i get a score 0f 1000 or something, can i apply to philosophy phd program? i am indian, so not very good in english. having problem in verbal. and being a arts student problem in quant too. my powerprep score is 1030 q-670, v-360 in the first test. any answer to my question please

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