US universities which accept TOEFL score 65

    Studying at the University of Pennsylvania, or Chicago, Harvard is a dream of thousands of students. These are the topmost ranking universities all over the world and to apply in any of these universities scoring high in the TOEFL exam is a necessity. As we all know, TOEFL is one of the most highly accepted English proficiency exam throughout the world with more than 11,000 universities accepting it. Universities have their specific set of guidelines to be followed by the international students interested in taking admission and among which the TOEFL score along with sectional scores are mentioned. 

    TOEFL iBT or the internet-based test is the most preferred method of giving the exam as candidates are accustomed to working before computer screens. Moreover, there are numerous TOEFL exam centres spread throughout the world, therefore, it is easier for the students. 

    Discussing the top universities of the US, the TOEFL score must be taken into account. Most of the universities ask for a score range of 100-110 which is quite hard for most of the students as they hail from non-English speaking nations. But that doesn’t mean their dream would be unfulfilled of pursuing an academic career in the US. The US is a hub of universities and there are plenty which accepts TOEFL score around 65. Yes, heard us right. 

    How is the TOEFL score calculated?

    To know the details of the university scores, first, we need to get hold of the details of the TOEFL score calculation based on the four main categories of the exam. 

    TOEFL exam tests the proficiency of the candidate based on:

    • TOEFL listening consists of 28-38 questions with a duration of 41 – 57 minutes
    • TOEFL speaking consist of 4 tasks of 17 minutes
    • TOEFL writing consists of 2 tasks of 50 minutes
    • TOEFL reading consists of 30 to 40 questions of 54 to 72 minutes

    The candidate will receive a 4 scaled section score which will then be converted to a scaled score of 0 – 30 for each section. 

    ReadingAdvanced (24–30)
    high-intermediate (18–23)
    Low-Intermediate (4–17)
    Below Low-Intermediate (0–3)
    ListeningAdvanced (22–30)
    high-intermediate (17–21)
    Low-Intermediate (9–16)
    Below Low-Intermediate (0–8)
    TOEFL SpeakingAdvanced (25–30)
    high-intermediate (20–24)
    Low-Intermediate (16–19)
    Basic (10–15)
    Below Basic (0–9)
    WritingAdvanced (24–30)
    high-intermediate (17–23)
    Low-Intermediate (13–16)
    Basic (7–12)
    Below Basic (0–6)

    TOEFL Raw scores and scaled scores

    This is a vital factor to be understood by all the candidates as this will help them understand the scoring process. In TOEFL there is no negative marking, so guessing an answer is always an option. For one correct answer, the candidate will be getting a point. 

    For instance, if the reading section has 50 questions, and you have answered 45 questions correctly then your raw score would be 45 which would then be converted to a scaled score of 0 – 30. The eventual marking will be the scaled score which would be imprinted on the score report and the universities too will be witnessing those marks. 

    Raw scores and scaled scores do not translate to equivalent figures. This has a reason which can be explained with the following example:

    • If the TOEFL exam is easier, the raw score of majority students would be on the higher side getting 40s, therefore their scaled score would be 27
    • But if the test is difficult, there will be a low number of students getting a 40 and the scaled score will be 29

    TOEFL score conversion according to sections

    Raw Score vs Scaled Score for TOEFL Reading
    Scaled Score vs Raw Score for TOEFL Listening

    US Universities accepting TOEFL score 65

    As already discussed, the US houses numerous universities which provide a developed course of study along with pragmatic knowledge as demanded by the workplaces afterwards. Most of the universities in the US ask for a TOEFL score of around 80-90. For candidates who are not familiar with the language, it is hard to score a number like that. But don’t be disheartened if you haven’t scored that much, we have got the list of the universities accepting lesser scores. 

    The above graph gives an idea about the scores the universities demand. One may want to retake the TOEFL exam if they have scored lesser than their expectations but there are few who doesn’t want to. For them, these universities are always ready to welcome. But one thing must be noted, many of these universities accept the students on a conditional admission basis. This means, they have to prove their proficiency later on as asked by the university, and only then they will be allowed to seek thorough admission into the course they want. 

    Also, the TOEFL score varies according to the courses the candidates wish to study. For instance, in California State University, Fullerton the graduate programs need TOEFL iBT 80, for Music, it is 83, for MBA or management programs it is 88-89, for engineering or computer science it is 80 and for art with the graphic design it is 85. 

    In Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, the TOEFL score needed is for conditional admission. The candidate needs to perform well in their first semester of ESL program and only then they will enjoy admission with no additional application.

    This is not the end, the universities attach the sectional score requirements too along with the TOEFL overall score. Just like Michigan State University asks for a TOEFL overall of 79 but no subscore below 17 for regular admission students. 

    Therefore, after learning about the scores required by many US universities, the candidates can prepare accordingly for their TOEFL exam. They must make a list of the universities they want to study at and find the TOEFL score requirements. The highest score is their aimed score and they need to practice for TOEFL based on that. If they score that number then not only they will stand a chance to apply in that particular university but also the other ones they listed. 

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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