TOEFL scores for top business schools- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one of the most sought after English proficiency tests required for almost every programme to study abroad. Administered by the Educational Testing Service, TOEFL is accepted by more than 9,000 universities, colleges and organisations, which also include top business schools across the world. Hence, apart from GMAT and GRE, TOEFL too plays an important role in the selection procedure for MBA programmes.
While majority of the top business schools accept TOEFL, the scores may vary according to the business schools and their MBA programmes. For e.g. the TOEFL score required for a full-time business programme might not be similar to that required for an executive programme. Thus, it is crucial to know the minimum TOEFL score requirement before applying to business schools.
Before we move onto TOEFL scores for business schools, it is necessary that you know about the TOEFL test pattern.
In TOEFL, candidates are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as
a) Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
b) Listen and then speak in response to a question
c) Read, listen and then write in response to a question
TOEFL has two formats -- paper based tests (PBT) and Internet based test (IBT) -- and is scored on a range on 0-120. TOEFL is scored on a range on 0-120. Here’s marking pattern of the TOEFL
There is no fixed TOEFL score requirement for business schools, as it may vary as per the programme; however the average score lies around 100-110. Generally top business schools require a minimum 100 score.
Below you will find the top business schools in top countries to pursue management courses abroad, along with their ranking and TOEFL score requirement.
USA is home to some of the top business schools like Harvard, MIT and Stanford, among others. Now getting into top business schools does not come easy, as it requires aspirants to take some tests to be eligible for admission. TOEFL is one of the tests that aspirants might have to clear. TOEFL in USA is accepted by majority of the top business schools. To be eligible for many of the top MBA programmes in USA, aspirants will need to score minimum 100 score.
TOEFL score requirement in some of the top business schools can be above 110 as well, depending on the scores of the students seeking admission. In the table below, you will find minimum TOEFL score for MBA programmes in top business schools in the USA.
TOEFL scores for business schools in USA:
Required TOEFL Score
Harvard Business School
University of Pennsylvania :Wharton
Columbia Business School
University of California, Berkeley: Haas
University of Chicago: Booth
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Sloan
Northwestern University : Kellogg
Yale School of Management
New York University :Stern
No min. requirement
(Source: The Financial Times, QS and official university website)
Majority of the top Canadian business schools which accept TOEFL score require candidates to score at least above100. In fact, all the top 10 business schools in Canada demand that the international students score above 100 in English proficiency test. Of course, the score may vary as per business schools and the programme you are applying to.
However, there are also business schools like UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al which might require students to take French language proficiency test as well, as in some programme the language of instruction is French.
TOEFL scores for top business schools in Canada:
University of Toronto: Rotman
Western University: Ivey
Queen`s University :Smith
University of British Columbia
UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al
University of Alberta
University of Waterloo
Concordia University – John Molson School of Business
Australia boasts of some of the top business schools in the world like Melbourne Business School, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University and Queensland Business School, to name a few. While most of the business schools in Australia accept IELTS and PTE , TOEFL is equally recognised and accepted.
TOEFL scores for business schools in Australia should be between 80 to90, however, it would be safer to score no less than 90 to get into the top business schools in Australia.
TOEFL scores for business schools in Australia:
University of Melbourne – Melbourne Business School
The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia)
The University of Sydney
The Australian National University
The University of Queensland Business School
The University of Western Australia
University of Technology Sydney
UK is another favourite education hub among business aspirants as it has some of the most prominent universities in the world like Cambridge, Oxford and London Business School. While most of the business schools in UK prefer IELTS, TOEFL scores are also accepted. TOEFL scores for business schools in UK should be above 100. In fact, majority of the business schools in UK require business aspirants to score above 110.
Therefore, it is advisable for business enthusiast to score a decent score above 100 to be eligible for MBA admission in top business schools in the UK.
TOEFL scores for business schools in UK:
London Business School
University of Cambridge: Judge
University of Oxford: Said
Imperial College Business School
Lancaster University Management School
City University: Cass
Alliance Manchester Business School
Warwick Business School
Cranfield School of Management
University of Strathclyde Business School
While western destinations like USA, UK and the like attract a large chunk of MBA aspirants across the globe, Asia is steadily making a mark in the business school education domain with countries like China and Singapore leading the pack. Since, majority of the international students are from this region -- China, South Korea and India being the largest contributors to the international students’ community -- studying MBA in Asia is beneficial for aspirants who do not wish to be too far away from home. Compared to other countries, the TOEFL score for business schools in Asia is decent, as aspirants will have to score between 80- 90 for most of the business programmes. National University of Singapore and The University of Hong Kong among others are some business schools in Asia that require TOEFL score of 100 and 80 respectively.
TOEFL scores for business schools in Asia:
National University of Singapore (NUS)
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Hong Kong
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Seoul National University
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
City University of Hong Kong
Source: The Financial Times, QS and official university website
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I think class 11th is most suitable for this condition as you don't want to mess up with the boards in class 12th so 11th is apt for this.
So, begin preparing for TOEFL and SAT together. SAT and TOEFL have a lot of similarities, except Speaking and listening in TOEFL and Maths in SAT.
3 months is more than enough time to prepare for both, in fact, if you already have elementary english perfected. TOEFL won't require more than a week. So don't worry for TOEFL.
SAT will take in reading skills that will demand your consistent concentration and focus. Maths in SAT is filthy easy! Just practice for 3 days straight and a 800 is guaranteed. Writing will also demand attention. So you need to work very hard to get 2000+. Afterall, You get scholarship on the basis of SAT. (there are other factors too).
Vocabulary will be a nagging topic (for me it was). And if you do it, you are half way through !
So, plan 3-months, when you work only for the SAT and the TOEFL. once cleared, get back to studies, work hard.
I Hope the above link helps you!!
Hello Nitika, Yes, you do need mathematics as a subject in your 12th examinations if you are applying for MBA / MBA HR / MBA Decision Science & Analytics courses. Also you do need TOEFL/IELTS to prove your english proficiency. The minimum TOEFL score is 80 and minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Visit this official website for eligibility criteria:
see you can give toefel exam any time. because almost every month toefel exam has slot. you need to just prepare yourself. and toefel exam has no link with gmat exam. you need to apply separately for toefel as it is a english language proficiency test. you can apply for visa after gmat exam. before applying do multiple checking of eligibility criteria and marks requirement, visa permit everything. it would be best if you take some professional help. please search in your city if there is any professional who help with visa application process.
Hi Sai Krishna,
First of all I need to know if you are talking about MBA/PGDM from NMIMS Mumbai/Bangalore/Hyderabad campus.
For admission to these 3 B-schools and pursuing MBA or PGDM in Business Management or HR Management you need to sit for NMAT by GMAC exam and crack it. There is no requirement of IELTS or TOEFL.
As far as NMAT is concerned it is held once a year, but the exam can be taken as per the candidate's suitable date within a window of around 2.5 months from October to mid of December. You also get to attempt the exam a maximum of three times as per your wish but you will have to pay everytime you take an attempt. The best of three scores are considered for you final selection. The exam is a non-negative marking exam. There are three sections in the NMAT exam. They are Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning. There are in all 120 questions and 120 minutes to answer them. Although each of the section has fixed timings and a fixed number of questions.
Language Skills - 32 questions - 22 minutes
Quantitative Skills - 48 questions - 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning - 40 questions - 38 minutes
The sections can be ordered as per your convenience. If you prefer the CAT style then start with Language Skills and follow it up with the other two.
If you are someone who prefers Quants to Language skills, then it's best to start with Logical Reasoning, follow it up with Quantitative Skills and end with Language Skills. This is my personal favorite style as among the three sections, Logical Reasoning is the most taxing one and it's best to attempt it with a fresh mind. If you are average in Quants you can still ease through Quantitative Skills. Language Skills of NMAT is one of the easiest among other B-school entrance exams.
The entire exam is more of a test of speed. The level of questions are from easy to moderate with more of them being on the easier side. So, it's the speed that matters. Being a non-negative exam it becomes imperative that you don't leave any question. There is also no point in deliberating between two answers. Just mark one option and move to the next question. Don't think that you will come back to the question later on. Mark an option and mark the question for review and move on. If you get time you come back else let your luck have a go at it as you had already marked an option.
Now coming to the cutoffs.
NMIMS Bangalore and Hyderabad campus generally gives you a call with 185+ scores. 190 would be a safe score to expect a call for PGDM from those two campuses.
NMIMS Mumbai cutoffs go a bit higher. 207+ is a safe score to expect a call. So 210 onwards one should expect a call for sure for both MBA BM and HR from the Mumbai campus.
All three are pretty good campuses to pursue management education.
Please revert back for any further queries or help. Happy to help!!
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