How to send TOEFL scores to universities
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How to send TOEFL scores to universities– Universities abroad rely heavily on English proficiency tests like TOEFL to measure English language abilities of students from non-native English speaking countries. Once you decide to take the TOEFL exam, the first step is to choose which universities you want to send the TOEFL scores to. Sending TOEFL scores to universities of your choice brings you a step closer to studying abroad.

In this article, we explain the simple process of how to send TOEFL scores to universities and other key details pertaining to TOEFL score.

Before we explain the procedure of sending TOEFL scores to universities, we bring you the process to calculate your TOEFL score and how to check the result.


How to calculate your TOEFL score


The scoring pattern of TOEFL is different from other English proficiency tests like PTE and IELTS. While all three English language proficiency test your understanding of the foreign language, each test has different test pattern and duration. TOEFL score is measured on a 0–120 scale, i.e. 0–30 TOEFL scores for each section.


TOEFL Score Scale


Score Range




High (22–30)
Intermediate (15–21)
Low (0–14)



High (22–30)
Intermediate (15–21)
Low (0–14)


0–30 score scale

Good (26–30)
Fair (18–25)
Limited (10–17)
Weak (0–9)


0–30 score scale

Good (24–30)
Fair (17–23)
Limited (1–16)

 Total Score



Although the score range for each of the four test sections (Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing) is from 0 to 30, each section has separate measure and each measure has its own scale.


Here, we bring you the way to calculate TOEFL scores for each sections of the exam.


How to understand and calculate TOEFL scores: Reading

The reading section has multiple choice items. The Reading section has 36–56 tasks based on reading passages from academic texts and answering questions. You will receive one point for each correct response except for the last question of each set, which is worth two points. The total TOEFL scores for the reading section are then converted to a score on a scale of 0–30.


How to understand and calculate TOEFL scores: Listening

The Listening section has 34–51 tasks based on listening to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answering questions. Candidates are allotted one point for each correct answer. Some questions are even worth 2 points. The total points that you receive are converted to 0–30 a scale.


How to understand and calculate TOEFL scores: Speaking

Speaking skills are scored with a SpeechRater program - an automated scoring system for TOEFL speaking test. The SpeechRater program uses all six tasks responses to determine your overall speaking abilities, which is then converted to TOEFL scores on a scale of 0–30.


How to understand and calculate TOEFL scores: Writing

While the two writing tasks are scored by e-rater automatic scoring technology. The score range for the writing skill is from 1 (low) to 5 (high), your writing task rating is summed and converted to a score on a scale of 0–30. Candidates might even get 0 for wrong answers. 


How to send TOEFL scores to universities?

Before we proceed with how to send TOEFL scores to universities of your choice, let us first guide you through the process to check your TOEFL scores.


How to check TOEFL scores:

The best part of the TOEFL test is the ability to view your scores online, apart from which you will receive an email informing you that your TOEFL scores are available. You can log in to your ETS account and check your TOEFL result, you are likely to receive the TOEFL scores after 10 days of taking the test. If you want you can also download and print the PDF copy of your TOEFL scores.


While if you want to receive the TOEFL scores in print version, it will be mailed after thirteen days of your test date. The printed TOEFL score reports are sent after 13 days of the test date. If you want it delivered US, you have to wait another 7-10 days after the test date, while for any other location you might have to wait for extra days.


How to send TOEFL scores to universities: How to register for TOEFL

Online- You can register 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You must make sure that the name you use when you register exactly matches your identification your will carry on the test day. Here, we briefly explain how to register for the TOEFL test online.

  1. Visit the ETS website, click on TOEFL.

  2. The next page guides you to TOEFL test, click ‘Register Now’.

  3. If you are a new user, click ‘Sign up’.

  4. Create your profile by filling in all the required information.

  5. Create your user name and password by following the rules.

  6. Once you fill in all information, you will see a confirmation page which will display all information you submitted earlier.

  7. Once your profile is created, log in with your user name and password and click ‘GO’.

  8. Now you can access your home page, which displays your profile.

  9. Under My Tests, click ‘Register for a Test/ Order score reports’.

  10. Click ‘TOEFL Test’ and Continue

  11. Read the entire page carefully before clicking ‘I Agree’.

  12. Now select a test center, test date center.

  13. Once, you have your desired test center and test date, confirm your registration.

  14. On the next pay you can choose up to four institutions of your choice to receive your TOEFL scores.

You must make sure you provide correct details, before moving ahead check if there is any mistake. The page will ask you to enter the recipient’s name, you can add or delete TOEFL scores recipient’s name from the page. Once you fill in the recipient’s name, you can then choose how you wish to receive the TOEFL scores.


You can choose whether you wish to receive the TOEFL scores through internet or both internet and printed copy mailed to your address. The last step is to make the payment for TOEFL test registration. Make sure you check certain details like the test center, date and timing among others. If you want to make any changes, click ‘Modify’, you can then carry out the changes. Or if you change your mind and do not wish to take the test, you can simply click ‘Cancel’. Howsoever if you wish to take the test, click ‘Confirm’.


Then you can make the payment by selecting the payment method and filling in necessary information. Once the payment is successful, you will see a page confirming your registration for the TOEFL test.


How to correct your TOEFL scores?

When your TOEFL scores are out but you are unhappy with the result, you can have your test score reviewed but only for the writing and or speaking section. Apart from this, TOEFL scores review is possible only up to 30 days after you take the test.


Here are some important points that you must consider before requesting for TOEFL scores review:

1. The scores can be reviewed only once.

2.  If you want both writing and speaking sections reviewed, they must be done at the same time.

3. If there are any changes in your TOEFL scores (lower or higher) after review, the revised scores will become your final scores.

4. Your scores cannot be reviewed if you have already requested that they be sent to an institution or agency.

5. To review- each section costs US$80, which means both sections together cost US$160.

6. Scores are reported online about 3 weeks after your request is received.


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is it necessary to give SAT, ACT and TOEFL or just SAT is fine?

Muskan Gupta 27th Feb, 2020

Hi Keya

Most four - year colleges require that all applicants , domestic and international alike , take the SAT or ACT.  If English isn't your first language , then you will likely also have to take TOEFL to apply to college. Most colleges will equally accept IELTS or PTE too. The TOEFL is most popular option.

But if you score highly enough on the verbal section of the SAT or ACT , then you might not have to take the TOEFL.

Hope it helps :)


can you please inform me how to apply for IELTS and TOEFL exams

Charvi Nayyar 7th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant

you can register for IELTS exam in the following way:

1. you can register online and pay the fees by credit card (Log on to and Select the option "Register for IELTS" and fill the necessary information).

2.  register in person at idp branch and pay the fees there. identical to the first option.

3. register by courier and pay test fee by demand draft.

you can register for TOEFL exam by online means and or by email or by phone. you can also register in person at a toefl resource center. you will be basically required to visit and create an online profile and then pay the exam fees.

hope this helps


Dear Sir/Mam, I want to do MS in UK in January 2021. Do i have to give both IELTS and TOEFL exams or either? I dont know when and how to start preparation. please Help. Thanks

Mayank Chowdhary 2nd Feb, 2020

Giving either of them is ok actually. And for preparations then if you plan to shift in 2021 try to give the exam in around November 2020 if possible and to start it's preparations, as per me it's a 3 months regular studies required to crack the same. So you can start in around July/August to be well prepared to give the exam.

Either the IELTS or the TOEFL is required as part of your application to an English-speaking university and will demonstrate if you will be able to understand the course material.

The IELTS and TOEFL exams are two of the most accepted English proficiency exams around the world. However, both of these tests are different in their structure, approach, and teaching criteria. This means that you need to understand how the two differ before selecting which test to study for and ultimately take.

Thank you.


Dear Sir/Mam, I want to do MS in UK. But cost of study is Expensive. Does scoring good in IELTS and TOEFL helps to reduce the amount of cost ? what else option do i get in order to get admission in UK in minimum cost ? Please Help Me !!

Harshit sethi 1st Feb, 2020

All the foreign Universities offer a scholarship which is on the basis of meriat and need basis . You should try to look for it and inform the competent authority about it . They would help you in every way . They also offers 100 % scholarship to merit and need basis students.

This would help you to study abroad.


What is purpose of toefl exam???

Khusji 14th Jan, 2020


The purpose of the TOEFL iBT test is to evaluate the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English. TOEFL iBT scores are primarily used as a measure of the ability of international students to use English in an academic environment.


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