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Where Can TOEFL® Scores Take You?

Once you’ve decided to study abroad, you’ll soon realize that you will likely need proof of English language proficiency.

Not every test is created equal and you will have to choose a test that is accepted by the universities you want to apply for.

In taking the TOEFL® test, you will ensure you have the widest selection of schools that will accept your test score. Over 11,000 institutions in over 150 countries accept TOEFL scores, giving it the appropriate tag line ‘your passport to the world’.

While most commonly taken for academic applications, the TOEFL® test scores can also be used in visa applications for both Australia and New Zealand.

TOEFL® scores are widely accepted globally and are 100% accepted by the prestigious Ivy League Colleges in the United States.

TOEFL® Destination Search provides a list of institutions that accept TOEFL® scores around the world. 

North America 

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In the United States, TOEFL® scores are accepted everywhere and preferred by  9 out of 10 universities over other English-langauge tests. Over 6000 institutions accept TOEFL® scores in the US making it the safest choice when applying to higher education in the country. 

In Canada, 420 institutions accept TOEFL® scores, including some of Canada’s most popular universities, for example, the University of Toronto and McGill University. The TOEFL® test is favored by 80% of graduate programs in Canada. Much like the US, Canadian universities receive more TOEFL® scores than all other English-language tests combined.  

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TOEFL® scores are accepted by over 700 institutions in Europe, with French and German universities receiving more TOEFL® scores than any other English language test.

In the United Kingdom, around 390 institutions accept TOEFL® scores including 100% of the Russell Group universities.

Around 100 Spanish institutions accept TOEFL® scores. This makes the TOEFL® test a good choice if you want to study in Spain.

TOEFL® scores are accepted by over 90 institutions in the Netherlands, which was ranked the second-best study abroad country in Europe in 2019

With some of the best universities in the world in Europe, getting a great education can be easily found on this continent. With a good TOEFL® test score, you can easily find a university for you in Europe. 


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Oceania is extremely popular among students who wish to study abroad. TOEFL® scores are accepted by 100% of higher education institutions in both Australia and New Zealand. Not only can the TOEFL test be used to apply for a world-class education, but it can also be used in visa applications in both these countries. 

Education on this continent is world-class, surrounded by spectacular nature. Australia was also ranked the #2 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Not only can you receive an excellent education but this continent is rated highly for career prospects as well as scoring highly on the adventure factor.

Final thoughts

Taking an English language test is often the first step in the journey to studying abroad.

Applying to foreign universities can sometimes be a stressful process with many documents needed for many applications. But knowing your language test scores are widely accepted globally will give you one less thing to think about.

You’re also likely to succeed in your applications, as 90% of TOEFL test takers surveyed secured a place at either their first or second choice universities. A successful TOEFL® test can be your ticket to an amazing study abroad experience.

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Last update: 05 Feb 2020

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