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TOEFL® Scores 2016/2017

No passing or failing scores with the TOEFL® test

  • Score requirements are set by individual colleges and universities. Visit the TOEFL® Destination Search to find TOEFL® accepting schools.
  • You’ll receive a score from 0 to 30 for each section and a total score of 0 to 120 for the entire test.
  • Scores are valid for 2 years after your test date.
  • Your scores will be ready in 10 days, and you can view them easily online.
  • They may also be mailed to you if you select that option when you register.
  • For test dates after January 1, 2015, you can download a PDF copy of your score report from your account.

(Note: Downloadable score reports are currently not available for tests taken in China).

  • Scores are sent free to up to 4 institutions that you select prior to your test day.

How the test is scored

ETS uses both human raters and automated scoring methods to offer a complete and accurate picture of a test taker's ability. While automated scoring models have advantages, they do not measure the effectiveness of the language response and the appropriateness of its content. Human raters are needed to attend to a wider variety of features, such as the quality of ideas and content, as well as form.

Additionally, studies have shown that prompts designed for fully automated scoring have been more vulnerable to prompt-specific preparation and memorized responses.

The TOEFL® test uses automated scoring to complement human scoring for the two tasks in the Writing section. Combining human judgment for content and meaning, and automated scoring for linguistic features, ensures consistent, quality scores.

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