TOEFL scores for MBA in top business schools

The very popular TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) offered by the ETS (Educational Testing Service) is the most widely used English language proficiency test accepted by more than 10,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

International candidates (non-native English speakers) are usually expected to submit either TOEFL or IELTS or PTE score as a part of the application process. The TOEFL score assesses the candidate’s English language skills (both written and oral). This test score helps the admissions committee decide if an international candidate would be in a position to effectively participate in the class discussions and succeed in meeting the academic requirements of the course.

The TOEFL scores are valid for a two year period. The test can be taken any number of times, however there’s a limit of twelve attempts in a year. There has to be a gap of at least twelve days between two successive attempts.

There are two formats for the TOEFL – TOEFL iBT test and the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test.

The revised TOEFL paper-delivered test comprises the reading, listening and writing sections; the speaking component is not a part as it is a paper-based test. The test is offered only in places where internet testing facility is not available.

The widely used internet-based TOEFL iBT comprises four sections – reading, listening, speaking and writing. The entire test session may require approximately 41/2 hour which also includes the check-in process.

Each of the four sections in TOEFL iBT has a score on the scale of 0-30 with the total score of 120 for all the sections. There is no pass or fail score. However, each business school may have its own minimum score requirement, so you need to check this with the schools you wish to apply to.

You need to attempt at least one question in the reading as well as the listening section, complete one essay as well as one speaking task to be eligible to receive an official score.

Here’s a list of the TOEFL iBT score for some of the top business schools.

Minimum / Average TOEFL scores for top MBA programs

  Business school Minimum TOEFL iBT Test Score
1. Harvard Business School 109
2. Stanford Graduate School of Business 100
3. The Wharton School 110 (average score)
4. Chicago Booth 104
5. Columbia Business School 100
6. NYU Stern No minimum score requirement
7. Berkeley Haas 90
8. Darden School of Business 106(average score)
9. UCLA Anderson 87
10. MIT Sloan Not required
11 Georgetown university – McDonough 100
12. Emory – Goizueta Business School 100
13. Indiana university – Kelley 100
14. University of Toronto – Rotman 100
15. University of Cambridge – Judge 110
16. University of Oxford – Said 110
17. University College Dublin: Smurfit 100
18. London Business School 100
19. HEC Paris 100
20. INSEAD 105
21. IESE Business School 100
22. ESADE Business School 100
23. Erasmus – Rotterdam Optional
24. Mannheim Business School 95
25. IMD TOFEL not required
26. IE Business School 100
27. NUS 100
28. Nanyang Business School 100
29. The University of Hong Kong 80
30. HKUST 100

(source: official university websites)

The score report gives you the scores obtained in each of the sections, the total score as well as a performance feedback.

The scores for the reading and listening sections are computer-generated whereas for the speaking sections, the scoring is done by ETS-certified test scorers. The writing section uses both automated as well as human scoring.

The TOEFL iBT score can be viewed online around 10 days after the test. The official score reports would be sent to the designated schools around 13 days after the test.

The TOEFL iBT is held more than 50 times a year and can be taken online at any of the testing locations worldwide. Candidates need to visit the TOEFL website and find the list of test dates, timings and the test centres available and register for the test after paying the requisite fees.

The TEOFL iBT test fee is around $180 in India. The fee structure varies across countries. Registration needs to be done 7 days prior to the TOEFL test date as there’s a late fee of US$40 for late registration.

You may select 4 recipient schools to receive your TOEFL score report, the cost of which is included in the test fee. For every additional score report, there’d be an additional fee of US$20.

There’s a fee of US$60 for rescheduling the TOEFL test. Scores may be cancelled if you wish and these scores would not be reported.

You may review your scores within 30 days after giving the test. There’s a fee of US$160 to review both the speaking and writing sections or USD$80 to review any one section. If your scores change after review, the revised scores would become your official scores.

Also read:
TOEFL Exam Format and Preparation
All about the IELTS exam in India
How to prepare for the IELTS exam
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Swati //
After working for over a decade in technical and managerial roles in the corporate world, Swati now works as a freelancer and writes on a variety of topics including education, career guidance and self-improvement.

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