TOEFL Results

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is conducted to test the proficiency of non-native English speakers desiring admissions in English speaking universities. It is a standardized test which is designed and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The examination is recurring in nature, thus, it is conducted 4 times in a year. The ETS asserts the TOEFL Result for the Internet-Based Test.

    The TOEFL Result is broadcasted 2 weeks after the conduction of the TOEFL exam. The candidate can appear for TOEFL multiple times but the occurrence of each attempt shouldn’t differ by 12 days. There are a total of 9000 institutions in over 130 countries which accept the TOEFL Scores. TOEFL Scores are available in PDF format and are valid for a period of 2 years. The Score for TOEFL is mailed to the candidate and the same can be viewed on the official website.

    How to View TOEFL Result

    The candidates are intimated about the TOEFL Result via an e-mail on the e-mail ID mentioned during the TOEFL Application Process. The e-mail is sent approximately 10 days post the conduction of the examination. The scores are also available in PDF format so that it can be downloaded and preserved as a hard copy.


    The candidates receive the test score reports approximately 13 days after the TOEFL ibt online test  The mailed Test Score Report is sent to the candidate by post, 7-10 days post receipt of the test score reports. The steps to check the TOEFL Result have been mentioned below:

    • Visit TOEFL official website.
    • Enter the credentials asked to login to your account.
    • Click on the link “View Scores
    • The Score for the recently appeared TOEFL exam is displayed on the screen.

    TOEFL Score Scale

    According to the TOEFL Exam Pattern, there are four basic sections or skills which are tested during the TOEFL Exam i.e. Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. The Reading and Listening sections are marked from 0-30 by the computer. The Reading Section contains 36-56 tasks based on reading passages from academic texts and answering questions. The Listening section has 34–51 tasks based on listening to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answering questions.

    The speaking section contains tasks rated from 0-4 sum of which is converted to a scale of 0-30. The test checkers rate responses and evaluates how well the candidate develops the topic and delivers the message in English. The writing section has two tasks rated from 0-5, the sum of which is changed to a scale score of 0-30.

    The basis for evaluation of the writing section is done by evaluating the integrated writing task for development, organization, grammar, vocabulary, accuracy and completeness. It is also done by rating the independent writing essay on overall writing quality, including development, organization, grammar and vocabulary.

    SkillScore RangeLevel
    Reading0–30High (22–30)
    Intermediate (15–21)
    Low (0–14)
    Listening0–30High (22–30)
    Intermediate (15–21)
    Low (0–14)
    Speaking0–30 score scaleGood (26–30)
    Fair (18–25)
    Limited (10–17)
    Weak (0–9)
    Writing0–30 score scaleGood (24–30)
    Fair (17–23)
    Limited (1–16)
    Total Score0–120 – 

    TOEFL Score Cancellation

    The candidates are offered a chance to cancel the TOEFL Scores after the test session. The scores for every section is cancelled if the candidate opts to cancel the score i.e. score cancellation is not valid for one section particularly. The candidate will not receive scores for any part of the test administration if the candidate opts to cancel the scores. Thus, one must carefully make the decision of cancellation of scores.

    The scores are reported to the institutions on the request of the candidate. In case of cancellation, the scores will not be reported to any institution. The candidate must note that the reimbursement of the Application fee will not be done if he /she cancels the scores and those scores are not added to the permanent record. To re-appear for the test, the candidates have to fill the TOEFL Application Form and remit the application fee again.

    The candidates are not charged separately for score cancellation. The candidates must note that they will receive one opportunity for score cancellation, this cannot be practiced after leaving the TOEFL Test Center.

    ETS Score Cancellation Policies

    The performance and independent work of the test taker are reflected through the scores reported via the ETS and TOEFL program. ETS standards in this regard have these primary goals: giving all test takers an equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and preventing any test taker from gaining an unfair advantage over others. The conducting authority reserves the rights to cancel the scores of any candidate if there is any evidence for invalidity of the scores. Scores may be canceled as a result of test-taker behavior or any irregularity that affects testing integrity.

    Test Taker Behavior

    The candidate can be dismissed from the TOEFL Test Center or cancellation of candidate’s score or banning the candidate from giving examination in the future due to violations of rules can all be done by the conducting authority.

    Test Integrity Irregularities

    The scores of the candidate can be canceled by ETS due to the following irregularities:

    • Test Administration Issues i.e. improper timing, improper seating, defective test materials or equipment, and other disruptions (natural disasters, weather conditions, other emergencies).
    • The fraudulent or illegal activities indicate improper administration at the Test Center during the examination. In such cases the scores of all the test-takers will be canceled even if there is no evidence of individual wrongdoing.
    • The candidates are not charged an extra fee for re-application of the test on a different date if the test administration is canceled before the test, or test couldn’t be scored or scores are canceled due to a testing irregularity
    • The candidate may receive complete refund or rescheduling of the examination if the candidates’ exam is not conducted or testing session has been canceled by ETS.
    • ETS determines the discretion if the candidate is eligible to apply for the re-exam with no charge or refund of the fee, if it cancels the candidate’s test scores
    • If the test is canceled by the conducting authority, then the candidate can apply for reimbursement of the travel expense only within 30 days of the original test date.

    The candidate is required to provide the following information while contacting the TOEFL Services:

    • Name
    • Date of birth
    • Mailing address
    • Daytime phone number
    • Email address
    • TOEFL date
    • TOEFL registration number

    Holding/Canceling Scores

    • ETS holds scores for investigation if there is sufficient information to indicate that the candidate has indulged himself/herself in any unfair activity. The scores are held and cannot be sent to any institution until the investigation is complete.
    • In case of cancellation of scores, ETS bans the candidate from future tests and will send a cancellation letter to the candidate. If your scores are then canceled, ETS may ban you from future tests.
    • If the candidate is dismissed from the test center or your scores are canceled, those scores will not be reported and your test fee will not be refunded.
    • ETS will also exercise its right to cancel any test score when, in its sole judgment, substantial evidence of pre-knowledge of test content is found.

    Identification Discrepancies

    • The candidate is dismissed from the TOEFL Test center in case of discrepancy in the ID information of the candidate reported by Test center supervisor.
    • If the documents and photograph from the test day cannot be validated or conducting authority has no proof of candidate’s answering all the questions by himself, the scores are held or canceled by ETS. The test fee will not be refunded in this case.
    • Defective ID or any fraudulent activity may lead to detention from giving all the future tests and cancellation of scores by ETS.



    If the candidate’s responses for writing or speaking section is found similar to any of the previously recorded responses, ETS reserves the right to cancel the scores of the test takers. Such responses do not reflect the independent speaking or compositional writing skills that the test is intended to measure.

    Invalid Scores

    If the scores are invalid because of any reason and there is an evidence proving the same then ETS may cancel the scores of the candidate. The proofs comprise of unusual answer patterns and/or inconsistent performance on different parts of the test. ETS notifies the candidate about his/her writing concerns and gives him/her a chance to submit to improve the same and gives the test taker a choice of options. In addition, the test taker is sent a copy of the booklet why and How Educational Testing Service Questions Test Scores, which explains this process in greater detail. The candidates are offered options which include cancellation of scores or arbitration according to the Standard Arbitration Agreement.

    Note: The arbitration option is available only for tests administered in the United States and U.S. territories.


    ETS shall have no liability to any test taker for damages or claims of any kind whatsoever that a test taker may assert against ETS for holding or canceling scores, for not reporting scores, for banning the test taker from future testing, or for disclosure of test taker information pursuant to ETS’s rights as set forth in this document.

    TOEFL Score Reinstating

    The candidates have an advantage of canceling scores but they can reinstate the canceled scores as well. The candidates can reinstate the scores canceled by themselves, reinstating of scores canceled by ETS is not acceptable. The reinstating is possible only if the candidate requests for it within 60 days of the test date. The request must be sent to ETS on time so that the candidate can avail the score reinstating form.

    The form must be duly filled with all the authentic details asked and then mailed or faxed to TOEFL Services. The candidate has to download the Score Reinstating Form from the official website of ETS under the Scoring Services tab. The candidates are required to remit a fee of US $20 to request for reinstatement of the scores. The reinstated scores are mailed to the candidate 3 weeks after the receipt of request and submission of fee.


    TOEFL Score Review

    The candidates can request for score review for the Speaking and Writing Section through the ETS Score Review Process maximum 30 days after the test date. The candidates can review any one section or both the sections at one time by submitting the request accordingly. The Score Review stands invalid if the candidate has already requested to send the scores to any institution or agency.

    One request per test administration is acceptable i.e. the request for review of either one or both the sections of the same test must be reported once. The TOEFL IBT test responses for speaking and writing section are reviewed by scoring specialists. The candidate will be notified via mail or post if his/her original scores are confirm. The candidate receives new scores via the same media in case of any change in the scores (higher or lower).

    The new revised scores received become the new scores in case of any change. The candidates can download and fill the Score Review Request Form from the official website of ETS under the pdf tab. The fee to review one section is US $80 whereas for both the sections it is US $160.

    The candidates have to fill and post the Score Review Request Form with the correct fee amount to the address mentioned on the form. The candidates can fax the form in case of fee payment through the online mode. The Score Review Results will be available 3 weeks after the receipt of the request and payment.

    Additional Score Reports for TOEFL

    The candidates can send additional score reports to various institutions which were not identified by them before the test. The candidates are charged US $19 per institution added in the list. The candidate is required to check if there are any payment method restrictions of his/her location on the official website of TOEFL.

    The additional score reports can be ordered online through the registration system or by completing the Additional Score Report Request Form. The form will be available for download on the official website of ETS under the send option of the score tab. The score report request will not be entertained if the form is incomplete or has inaccurate information or has incorrect fee.

    Processing Tips for Additional Score Reports

    • The candidate must not send any letter or receipt with the payment.
    • The candidate must mark the identification codes only for those institutions which were not identified before the test.
    • Don’t mention more than 8 institutions in one form. If you have to order more than 8 reports, use a second form
    • The candidate must verify that he/she has entered correct codes so that the scores are sent to the correct location at each institution
    • Mention correct date and sign the form clearly.
    • Use an acceptable payment method and enter correct payment amount in the form.
    • Reports will be sent to the recipients mentioned in the form only.

    Online Method of Reporting

    • The online method includes submission and payment through online mode (Credit/Debit Card, E-check or PayPal)
    • The candidates can apply for Additional Score Reporting after the declaration of the TOEFL Result.
    • The report is processed after 3-5 business days after the receipt of request and payment by the authority.
    • The report will not be processed if the candidate applies for it before the declaration of the Result of TOEFL.
    • ETS is not responsible for delivery of mail to various locations around the world. It takes around 7-10 days for delivery in U.S. and 4-6 weeks in other locations.

    Offline Method of Reporting

    • The candidate must carefully go through and follow the instructions mentioned on the Additional Score Report Request Form for submission of the request and payment.
    • The candidates who pay the fee through debit/credit card, have to fax the form with complete debit/credit card information so that the request is processed.
    • If there is any error according to the candidate while faxing the form and he/she resends it, mention ‘Duplicate’ in all the repeat faxes.
    • This will avoid unnecessary charges on the debit/credit card of the candidate.
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    TOEFL Score Validity

    TOEFL Scores have a validity of 2 years after the test date as proficiency of a language changes in relatively short period of time, thus score cards dated more than 2 years are not considered. For submission of scores to various institutions and agencies after 2 years, the candidates will have to re-appear for TOEFL. The institution can verify the scores submitted to them directly by the test taker.

    In case of discrepancy between the official scores and submitted scores, ETS demands submission of the copy of submitted scores from the institution or agency. ETS reports the previous scores and scores of the candidate of the past 2 years on the request of the institution or agency. ETS or its authorized representative will also provide your score information at the request of any institution or agency that has a copy of your score posting or test taker score report.

    TOEFL Score Verification Service

    TOEFL scores indicate how the test taker performed on the test, and the score data provided through the Online Score Verification Service (OSVS) provides identifying information about the test taker. If the candidate does not agree to the terms and conditions stated in the TOEFL Application Form, do not provide your TOEFL registration number for a past or future test or your test taker score report to any Organization. Unless the candidate specifies his/her information, an Organization should not be able to use the OSVS to access the score data of the candidate.

    Terms and Conditions

    1. Your Initiation of the OSVS

    The organization can login in for OSVS and access the scores and data of the candidate if the candidate provides the TOEFL Registration Number. Some Organizations will already have access to some of that information, but they should not have the candidate’s TOEFL registration number unless it is given to the organization by the candidate. Thus, don’t provide the registration unless the organization asks for the same.

    1. Score Data; Organization Access

    The participating organization will be able to view or copy the photograph uploaded, personal details of the candidate, ID Document info, registration ID and TOEFL Scores using the service. The organization can listen to a speech sample recorded from the responses of the speaking sections of the TOEFL exam using the OSVS. Any use of your score data by the Organization should be pursuant to its privacy and security policy, if any, rather than to the ETS policy. ETS contracts with these Organizations to use the information only to verify the TOEFL scores, but ETS does not control the Organizations.

    Other TOEFL Score Related Information

    The other TOEFL 2016 Score related information is given below:

    Acceptable Scores or Score Requirements

    There is a different acceptable TOEFL score or TOEFL score range for each institution or agency. The factors that differentiate the score range are the level of study (undergraduate or graduate), the field of study, if you will be a teaching assistant, and whether the institution offers special courses in English as a foreign or second language. There is no specific clearing score or failing score set by ETS. There is no specific passing or failing score set by ETS. In case of queries related to the TOEFL scores, contact the agency applied.

    Test Score Data Retention

    The retention period of the TOEFL scores in a database is 2 years. The information of the candidate and scores obtained by them are removed after 2 years. The candidates have to re-appear for the test if the validity of the scores expire.

    Test Question Inquiries

    The test questions for TOEFL are prepared by language specialists carefully with standardized procedures to ensure that the test material is of high quality. The questions and response is checked by several members of the ETS staff. The TOEFL Committee of Examiners (COE), an independent group of professionals in the fields of linguistics, language testing and language teaching that reports to the TOEFL Board of Trustees, establishes overall guidelines for test content and specifications.

    The tests are reviewed using established ETS and TOEFL procedures to ensure that test is free of cultural bias. The statistical analyses of each individual question ensures that the test provides appropriate measurement information.

    *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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    Yash Raj Singh

    Will i receive hard copy of my TOEFL score card this year?

    03 Nov, 2020 18:49

    Dear Yash Raj Singh

    Greetings from Collegedunia. Once you have done with the TOEFL Exam, the result will be out within 6 days. The score report will be sent to you by email. You can check your score out of the overall score of the TOEFL Test. For more information, kindly go through this link – TOEFL Score Report

    04 Nov, 2020 11:50

    What will happen if my TOEFL score is good but IELTS score isn’t?

    31 Oct, 2020 18:52

    Hi Taniksha, if your TOEFL score is good, you can carry yourself forward following the same and apply for colleges. For more details visit: TOEFL EXAM

    31 Oct, 2020 20:06
    Ambar ahirawar

    What will happen if I clear the exam and don’t take admission in the college that year?

    31 Oct, 2020 18:26

    Hi Ambar, the TOEFL score is valid for 2 years. you can take admission the following next year. For more details visit: TOEFL EXAM

    31 Oct, 2020 18:50

    Is it compulsory to score good in every section or exam or do they consider the cumulative?

    31 Oct, 2020 18:19

    Hi Devi, you need to score in every section of the exam. For more details visit: TOEFL EXAM

    31 Oct, 2020 18:53
    Simran Nigam

    How can I check my result?

    24 Jul, 2020 17:17

    Hi Simran, You can view your scores in your ETS account approximately 6 days after your test date. You'll receive an email when your scores are available, and you can access your account online or via the official TOEFL app.

    27 Oct, 2020 23:16
    akansha gupta

    What is the average TOEFL score in India?

    24 Jul, 2020 16:32

    Dear Akansha Gupta

    Greetings from Collegedunia. The Average TOEFL Score in India is 90. There is various cut-off TOEFL score accepted in various Universities all over the world. For more information, kindly go through this link – TOEFL Exam Pattern

    03 Nov, 2020 12:54

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