Comparing your scores with other English Tests

TOEFL iBT® Score

The maximum score you can get in the TOEFL iBT® is 120. In Australia, most Universities usually ask for a minimum score of 80. It requirement varies from university to university.

For migration purposes in Australia, the table the following scores are usually accepted for visa purposes:

English Language proficiency level TOEFL iBT
Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas) Listening & Reading: 24
Writing: 27
Speaking: 23
Superior (for points tested Skilled visas) Listening: 28
Reading: 29
Writing: 30
Speaking: 26

There are other tests in English which also qualify for those aspiring to either get into Australian universities or looking at PR in Australia which are IELTS and PTE.

Here is a comparison of TOEFL iBT® scores tested against IELTS scores:


The TOEFL iBT® total scores require you to answer at least 1 question in the Reading and Listening sections, complete 1 essay in the Writing section and finish at least 1 Speaking task in order to even. This is mandatory if you want to at least be assessed.

For TOEFL iBT®, you will obtain 4 scaled sections and a total score like so:

  • Reading Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Listening Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Speaking Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Writing Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Total Score (0–120)

Additionally, within your report, you will get a feedback on your performance which would state a description of your level of performance and the tasks that you undertook within the score range.

No one fails or passes TOEFL® and there is no pass mark for this test. Every institute, university and designated agencies have their own cut off and requirement for TOEFL iBT® scores which are valid for a period of two years.

TOEFL® Score Scales

Skill Score Range Level
Reading 0-30
Listening 0-30
Speaking 0-30
Writing 0-30
Score of zero
Total Score 0-120

There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test as long as you pay for the test. However, you cannot take this test more than once in a span of 12 days.

If you have fixed a test date you cannot register for another one within 12 days of your existing test date which you have registered for.

How is the test scored

Both methods are employed: Human scoring, as well as Automated scoring. This is done to warrant an accurate and full picture of the test taker's proficiency and skill.

There are advantages in both these methods that are employed. Automated scoring is technologically driven and has its own benefits. Human raters are required to understand the qualitative aspect as well as the ideas projected in the content.

TOEFL iBT® employs automated scoring to harmonize human scoring for specifically two tasks within the Writing section. It is a delicate balance between human assessment for content and connotation ad automated scoring for linguistic features which assure you of the test’s quality and consistency.

Quality in scores

TOEFL iBT® raters go through rigorous training and extensively preparation. They pass stringent certification tests. They are monitored for accuracy and precision and are monitored each time they score a new test.

Rating in a separate unit

To make sure that the verity, quality and security of the test is maintained, the scoring does not take place at the test site. There is a centralized scoring network that carries out and maintains the scoring benchmark to avoid any discrepancy.

The TOEFL iBT® test is scored by a network of test raters who in turn are monitored by a Centralized scoring network.

The test rates are varied and not necessary from the applicant's country of origin to achieve an unbiased rating. The rating is objective and multiple raters judge the Speaking and Writing sections to eliminate any possible chance of bias.

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