What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score I need to be admitted?

TOEFL and IELTS scoreTOEFL candidates are often confused about the kind of scores they would need to get into the most preferred institution of their choice. Good thing with the TOEFL exams are that the candidates are not provided with any kind of minimum marks requirement that would declare you as “pass”. Hence you don’t actually pass or fail in these exams but there are institutions that don’t consider students below a minimum decent requirement and to play safe, you must excel on that.

Understanding TOEFL scores

• Score range for reading section: It does comprise of somewhere around the 36 and 56 questions mark. Also, the score range would be anywhere between 0 and 30.
• Score range for listening section: For this, the score range is again between 0 and 30. Candidates would be required to solve around 34-50 questions keeping this section in mind.
• Score range for speaking section: This section talks about the 6 tasks and the same score range for this one too, 0 to 30.
• Score range for writing section: Candidates are required to write approximately two essays for this section. Again, the score range remains to be between 0 and 30.

Candidates must also have an idea about the way they can finally interpret their scores. Hence only having good knowledge about the scores on each of the section might not be enough. Candidates must be in a position to understand and explain how good or bad their scores are and what they actually present.

What is a good TOEFL/IELTS score?

Scaled scores that are being received by the candidates on each of the section are actually different. Number of questions varies from one section to the other. If you can score anywhere between 22 and 30 in the listening and reading sections then you can definitely count it as ‘high’ or ‘good’ scoring. On the other hand, if you can score anywhere between 24 to 30 in the speaking and writing sections then it is considered to be a good score again.

What is an averageTOEFL/IELTSscore?

If you are able to score around 15 to 21 in the reading and the listening sections then you are believed to have scored on an ‘average’ or ‘intermediate’ level. Candidates that manage to score between 10 and 17 in the speaking sections can treat their scoring ‘average’ as far as the knowledge of the English language is considered. With an average score of 18-25, spoken English language knowledge of the candidate is considered to be on a ‘fair’ level. Score of 17-23 is treated ‘average’ for writing section.

What is a bad TOEFL/IELTS score?

Score of 0-14 in the reading and listening section is ‘bad’. In speaking section, if you have scored 0-9, you have scored badly. A score of anywhere between 1 and 16 in the writing section is treated ‘bad’.

Most colleges accept a minimum TOEFL score of 70-100 for internet-based TOEFL exams. For paper based tests, 550-600 is still a minimum mark for most. Also,make sure to check directly with the institution you prefer to apply!

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