How is the TOEFL Score Calculated?

    Updated on: 05 Sep 2023 8 min read

    Why is TOEFL Score Important?

    The TOEFL exam is one of the most highly preferred English assessment exams used to determine the English language ability of the test-taker. If you are a study abroad aspirant looking to study undergraduate and postgraduate programs in foreign universities, then the exam is supremely important for you. Mainly because the TOEFL score is accepted by more than 10,000 universities in countries like Canada, the United States, Australia, the U.K., and the continents of Europe and Asia. If you wish to seek admission to your target university, it is necessary for you to score a mark that fulfills its minimum TOEFL score criteria.

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    TOEFL Performance Descriptors

    ETS has its own scale of assessing the examinees’ level of English proficiency.  For each score range, ETS has defined in detail the quality of performance, weaknesses and strengths, and the level of skills and aptitude of a candidate in the language. If you are taking the TOEFL and have a target score in mind, it is recommended you check the performance descriptor for that particular score range here. Carefully go through the level of proficiency the score warrants and the areas where you are expected to show your expertise in and areas which you are expected to improve. Make a note of these requisites and include them in your TOEFL study strategies to give an edge to your preparations for the test. 

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    This was a detailed breakdown of how the TOEFL Score is calculated. You may have checked out the performance descriptor for your target score and are now planning to give your preparations a quick start.  If you missed out on our TOEFL overall and sectional preparation guides, here’s where you can find them:

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Written by vishakha Bhagia

Interest in Finance with a flair for writing, Vishakha has written on education loans and the study abroad field for the last two years with articles published in Times of India, Outlook India, The Hindu, and many more publications.

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Reviewed by Aman Jain

Aman Jain graduated from IIT Kanpur, and currently functions as the CMO at GyanDhan. He is deeply passionate about creating equality in higher education and has directly interacted with 2 Lakh students in his 8-year-long journey.

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