TOEFL Score Chart 2022: Comparison Chart for TOEFL Vs IELTS

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Rahul
Rahul Singha
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Updated on Jul 1, 2022 10:00 IST
TOEFL Score Chart

TOEFL Score Chart: A lot of times candidates are confused between English language proficiency tests and wonder whether they should be opting for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) or opt for the very recently introduced Duolingo English Test (DET). While admission requirements rely on the eligibility criteria of the university application process and the visa guidelines of the country. In this article, we are going to be focusing on the TOEFL score table and how it fares when you compare it with other exams.

TOEFL Score Chart

The total TOEFL score is based on a 0 to 120 points scale. The TOEFL exam is made up of four sections, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing each based on a scale of 0 to 30 points. The total of the TOEFL section scores would give you your total TOEFL score of 120. In this section, we are going to be talking about the overall TOEFL score table and then break it down into the TOEFL score table – by sections.

TOEFL Band Score Chart (section-wise)

To make your test experience more personal and for you to understand your score better ETS has provided 4 to 5 proficiency levels for each skill. So where your TOEFL score falls within that range tells you your proficiency for that skill. This will give you a fair idea about your performance, your strengths, sections that need improvement, and so on. Test takers can look at the table below to understand their TOEFL iBT Scores better by section. 

TOEFL iBT Score Table

TOEFL Sections

Proficiency Levels

TOEFL Reading Section

Score Range 0–30

Advanced (24–30)
High-Intermediate (18–23)
Low-Intermediate (4–17)
Below Low-Intermediate (0–3)

Listening

Score Range 0–30

Advanced (22–30)
High-Intermediate (17–21)
Low-Intermediate (9–16)
Below Low-Intermediate (0–8)

Speaking

Score Range 0–30

Advanced (25–30)
High-Intermediate (20–24)
Low-Intermediate (16–19)
Basic (10–15)
Below Basic (0–9

Writing

Score Range 0–30

Advanced (24–30)
High-Intermediate (17–23)
Low-Intermediate (13–16)
Basic (7–12)
Below Basic (0–6)

TOEFL Total Score

0 - 120

When we talk about your TOEFL total score, your individual performances in the above sections would be added to get your total TOEFL score for the test. This would be on a scale of o to 120.

TOEFL - IELTS Score Comparison Chart

In this section, we are going to be talking about the TOEFL IELTS score comparison.

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TOEFL - IELTS Score Comparison – by section

TOEFL – IELTS Score Comparison of Reading Section

TOEFL – IELTS Score Comparison of Listening Section

TOEFL Reading Score Chart

IELTS Reading

TOEFL Listening Score Table

IELTS Listening

0-2

0-4

0-2

0-4

3

4.5

3

4.5

4-7

5

4-6

5

8-12

5.5

7-11

5.5

13-18

6

12-19

6

19-23

6.5

20-23

6.5

24-26

7

24-26

7

27-28

7.5

27

7.5

29

8

28

8

29

8.5

29

8.5

30

9

30

9

TOEFL – IELTS Score Comparison of Speaking Section

TOEFL – IELTS Score Comparison of Writing Section

TOEFL Speaking

IELTS Speaking

TOEFL Writing

IELTS Writing

0-11

0-4

0-11

0-4

12-13

4.5

12-13

4.5

14-15

5

14-17

5

16-17

5.5

18-20

5.5

18-19

6

21-23

6

20-22

6.5

24-26

6.5

23

7

27-28

7

24-25

7.5

29

7.5

26-27

8

30

8

28-29

8.5

30

8.5

30

9

30

9

Source: ETS

TOEFL Score Comparison Tool

In this section, we are going to be looking at the TOEFL IELTS & PTE Score comparison table

TOEFL Score Chart

IELTS Band Score

PTE Scores

0 – 31

(Extremely limited User)

0-4

0-30

32 – 34

(Limited User)

4.5

30-34

35 – 45

(Modest User) 

5

35-41

46 – 59

(Modest User) 

5.5

42-49

60 – 78

(Competent User)

6

50-57

79 – 93

(Competent User)

6.5

58-63

94 – 101

(Good User)

7

64-72

102 – 109

(Good User)

7.5

73-77

110 – 114

(Very Good User)

8

78-82

115 – 117

(Very Good User)

8.5

83-85

118 – 120

(Expert User)

9

89-90

Comparing TOEFL iBT Score to CEFR

The CEFR is widely used as a yardstick in Europe and Canada. In this section, we are going to be talking about the TOEFL iBT Scores and how they would compare against CEFR levels

CEFR Level

TOEFL Reading

(0-30)

TOEFL Listening

(0-30)

TOEFL Speaking

(0-30)

TOEFL Writing

(0-30)

Total

(0-120)

C2

29

28

28

29

114

C1

24

22

25

24

95

B2

18

17

20

17

72

B1

4

9

16

13

42

A2

n/a

n/a

10

7

n/a

When will TOEFL Official Score Reports be available?

If the candidate has requested a paper copy of their score report before appearing for the test, it would be mailed within 11 days after the test date. Delivery times will be subject to local postal services. Your TOEFL scores will be valid for two years. Candidates can always download and print a PDF copy of their score from their ETS account. PDF score reports are ready for download within eight days after taking the test. 

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What is TOEFL score validity?

A lot of times candidates are left wondering about the validity of their TOEFL scores. The TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the TOEFL examination. 

When can I appear for the TOEFL test again?

Candidates looking to re-take the TOEFL test can register for the same. However, the window period between two TOEFL tests has been set at three days. Hence, candidates can register for their second TOEFL test after three days of registering for the first TOEFL test. 

How are TOEFL Scores calculated? 

TOEFL Score Calculator: For calculating TOEFL scores, both human raters and automated scoring methods are used. This is done in order to offer a complete and accurate picture of the candidate’s ability. While the automated scoring method has the advantage of being unbiased, it does not measure the effectiveness of the language and content. Human raters are required to attend to a wider variety of features, such as the quality of ideas and content as well as form. Also, you are expected to answer at least one question each in all sections. For reading and listening, you should answer at least one question. For writing and speaking, you must attempt one task each. For the online TOEFL iBT test, the result is four-scaled along with a total score

TOEFL Score Review

Candidates who have appeared for their TOEFL test and are not satisfied with their TOEFL total score can request a TOEFL score review of their Writing and/or Speaking section up to 30 days after having taken the test. The cost of reviewing each section is US $80, a review of both sections would cost US $160. The review process could take up to three weeks from the time of receiving the request and payment.  

What are TOEFL MyBest™ scores? 

TOEFL MyBest scores also referred to as TOEFL superscores are a way to showcase your best overall performance by combining your highest section scores from all test dates within the last two years. This can help you to achieve your goals sooner since it means you may be able to meet score requirements for your institution with fewer tests.

Cancelling your TOEFL Scores

TOEFL Exam Results: A lot of times candidates are not able to perform well during their test and they have the option of canceling their TOEFL scores on a particular test by informing ETS. However, if the candidate has a change of mind, he can also request to reinstate cancelled scores. The request for instating canceled scores of a particular TOEFL test must be received no later than 60 days. The reinstatement would come with a fee of US $20. Candidates can request to instate TOEFL scores through their ETS account.  The process of reinstating your TOEFL score would take approximately three weeks from the time of receiving your request and payment.

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