TOEFL Score Required for UG and PG, Admission Details, Average Score and Scholarship

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    TOEFL is an exam taken by most of the non-native English test takers who want to pursue higher education from foreign nations. Other than IELTS, test takers prefer writing TOEFL for its academic approach. In most of the top universities of the world, TOEFL and IELTS seem to be a mandatory admission requirement. Regardless of other scores, institutions take TOEFL and IELTS as language proficiency exams. Different universities have different requirements for TOEFL score. Due to differences in academic standards, universities keep a range of score bands for TOEFL.

    TOEFL Score for Undergraduate Application

    In most universities of USA, UK, Canada, and Australia, TOEFL score is a mandatory requirement for undergraduate admissions. TOEFL score is not used as determining factor to take admissions in the top universities rather it is just a requirement for being accepted or rejected by the institutions. In most universities of USA, the average TOEFL score varies 90-95. There are no such passing marks for TOEFL but this range is considered good for taking admissions in USA and Canada. If a student plans to apply to a university without a TOEFL score, application will be incomplete. There is a specific TOEFL code for each university respectively. Applicants must go through codes before application.

    TOEFL Score for Graduate Application

    Like undergraduate application, TOEFL score is required for graduate application as well. Applicants must go through required scores to take admission in a particular university studying a particular subject. This language proficiency score is required for those applicants who have studied undergraduate in native language other than English. Top universities exempt TOEFL scores only for those who have studied undergraduate degrees from English speaking nation. Usually for graduate courses, universities require a score above 20 in each component of TOEFL. Speaking proficiency is also one of the most important components to look at. Average TOEFL scores for top universities are given below

    UniversitiesAverage TOEFL Score
    Harvard University104
    Stanford University100
    UCLA, Berkeley85
    Columbia University100
    University of Chicago104
    University of Toronto110
    University of British Columbia90
    McGill University90
    University of Montreal86
    University of Alberta90

    TOEFL Requirement for Business School

    Other than undergraduate and graduate programs, applicants require TOEFL score to take admissions in top business schools. Most business schools in Canada and USA require TOEFL as standard admission requirement for language proficiency. In the top business schools of USA, applicants should have scored 100 in TOEFL iBT and around 600 in TOEFL PBT. These scores vary every year as per requirement. Top b-schools like Harvard Business School consider TOEFL score as admission requirement only. According to data surveyed by ETS, average score required in business schools for MBA programs are 22 in Reading, 22 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 22 in Writing.

    As per data collected from ETS, it is noticed that Male test takers perform better in Reading and Listening section of TOEFL. As compared to other components, both male and female test takers score the least in writing. Such least scores in a particular band is due to academic practice. Studying in native languages, many test takers fail to articulate pragmatic reasons through writing. One needs to be critically strong enough to put those in words. In every band of TOEFL, writing is considered as building blocks. List of TOEFL scores for business schools are as follows

    UniversitiesAverage TOEFL Score
    Harvard Business School109
    Stanford Business School100
    Sloan School of Management, MIT90
    Haas School of Business90
    Columbia Business School100
    Rotman School of Management100
    Sauder School of Business100
    Desautels Faculty of Management86
    HEC Montreal95 – 114
    School of Business, Alberta90
    Degroote School of Business100

    TOEFL Score for Law School Admission

    Judicial education is one of the popular enrolled courses among the international students. Students from Asia prefer to travel to USA, Canada and UK for its outstanding Socratic method. In such methods, law school students can actually practice these methods for improving interrogation ability. Other than LSAT score, every famous law school requires a TOEFL score. Around 17% of international students enroll in international law schools. List of TOEFL scores for top law schools are as follows

    UniversityAverage TOEFL Score
    Harvard Law School114.5
    Penn Law100
    Florida State University: College of Law80
    University of Minnesota, Law School79
    Osgoode Hall Law School100-109
    Schulich School of Law90
    Queen’s University90

    TOEFL Scholarship

    ETS designs TOEFL Scholarship program for those who want to study abroad after qualifying for a language proficiency exam. This initiative is taken by ETS to help those meritorious test takers who fail to study abroad due to the financial crisis. ETS listed around 9000 educational institutions located around the world in 130 countries. Every year around 15 merit scholarships are available for test takers worth $7000 each. This scholarship is only available to those test takers who excel in TOEFL. Other eligibility criteria required for TOEFL Scholarship are as follows

    • Applicant should be a resident of India
    • One should start undergraduate or postgraduate courses within 6 months of taking TOEFL
    • Average TOEFL score should around 85-90

    100 candidates will be selected on the basis of the above mentioned parameters. Then in another round of screening only those candidates will be eligible for TOEFL scholarship who will excel in communication skills along with academic scores. ETS examiners also look after leadership qualities and how well one articulates innovative ideas in written essays. Only those candidates are selected for scholarship who show excellence in all fields.



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