TOEFL- Know the minimum score required for a Top University
Updated on Dec 9, 2014 - 12:05 p.m. IST by Sudipta Mishra

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The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. It has become a requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities, government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, other institutions and scholarships. Being one of the important gateways for studying at a foreign university, we present you an analysis of the minimum TOEFL score required by the top 10 universities across the world.

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There are many myths surrounding the TOEFL test. A lot of students believe that TOEFL is not an essential criterion for admission into an English-speaking university if a student has good performance in the Critical Reading and Writing sections of SAT, or the Verbal section of GRE or GMAT. But the fact is that almost all the English-speaking colleges and universities across the world require proof of English proficiency from international students for whom English is not the first language. TOEFL is one of the most important and popular tests for English language proficiency certification.

The TOEFL test has two formats: TOEFL iBT (internet based test) and TOEFL PBT (paper based test). Although most of the countries have completely adopted the TOEFL iBT format, there are some countries where the TOEFL PBT format is still prevalent. As a result, most of the universities accept both TOEFL iBT as well as TOEFL PBT scores. A study of the top 10 universities shows that except Princeton University and University of Chicago, all others accept both TOEFL PBT and TOEFL iBT scores.

The analysis of the minimumTOEFL score required for the top 10 universities shows that all the universities have a similar minimum TOEFL score requirement. Also, although the universities necessitate a uniform performance across all the sections, some universities like University of Oxford and Princeton University give more weightage to the Speaking section of the TOEFL test. Below is the analysis of the minimum TOEFL score required for the top 10 universities across the world. The scores given are an average of the minimum TOEFL scores required for the various programmes of the particular university.


# The data published is taken from various sources. There is no guarantee on the authenticity of the data.

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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.



how much does it cost overall to study PhD biochemistry at mit uk. and wat should be my GRE and TOEFL/ IELTS scores ?

Ameya Narendra Parkar 13th Jan, 2020
Dear Aishwarya,
I would like to tell you that PhD in biology is available at MIT, in that you can choose your research area as biochemistry.
PhDs are usually full funded but if theres any tuition fee present then your PI can only tell you about that.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Minimum score required: 6.5
Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Minimum score required: 90 (iBT) 577 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 35

I hope this information helps you

all the best

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