TOEFL scores for top business schools

Published On 26/07/2016

TOEFL scores for top business schools- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one of the most sought after English proficiency test 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 theTOEFL 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

TOEFL section

Score

Reading Section

0–30

Listening Section

0–30

Speaking Section

0–30

Writing Section

0–30

Total score

0–120

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

USA is a beloved study abroad destination for aspirants planning to study abroad.  It 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.

 

Some of the top business schools TOEFL score requirement 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:

Sr. No

Universities

Required TOEFL Score

1

Harvard Business School

  109 IBT

2

University of Pennsylvania :Wharton

  110 IBT

3

Stanford University

 100 IBT

4

Columbia Business School

 100 IBT

5

University of California, Berkeley: Haas

  90 IBT

6

University of Chicago: Booth

 104 IBT

7

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Sloan

  90 IBT

8

Northwestern University : Kellogg

 100 IBT

9

Yale School of Management

  Not required

10

New York University :Stern

No min. requirement

(Source: The Financial Times, QS and official university website)

 

Canada

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 student 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 Université de Montréal 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:

Sr. No

Universities

TOEFL Score

1

University of Toronto: Rotman

 100 IBT

2

McGill University

  100 IBT

3

Western University: Ivey

  100 IBT

4

Queen`s University :Smith

  100 IBT

5

University of British Columbia                       

   100 IBT

6

Université de Montréal

  100 IBT

7

University of Alberta

  100 IBT

8

York University                      

  100 IBT

9

University of Waterloo

  100 IBT

10

Concordia University – John Molson School of Business

  90 IBT

(Source: The Financial Times, QS and official university website)
 

Australia

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:

Sr. No

Universities

TOEFL Score

1

University of Melbourne – Melbourne Business School

  90 IBT

2

The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia)

 90 IBT

3

The University of Sydney

 96 IBT

4

Monash University

 79  IBT

5

The Australian National University

  80 IBT

6

RMIT University

 92 IBT

7

The University of Queensland Business School              

 87 IBT

8

The University of Western Australia

100IBT

9

University of Technology Sydney

 79-93 IBT

10

Curtin University

100IBT

(Source: The Financial Times, QS and official university website)

 

UK

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 to name a few. 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 inUK 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 admissions in top business schools in the UK.  

 

TOEFL scores for business schools in UK:

Sr. No

Universities

TOEFL Score

1

London Business School

100 IBT

2

University of Cambridge: Judge

110 IBT

3

University of Oxford: Said

110 IBT

4

Imperial College Business School

100 IBT

5

Lancaster University Management School

93  IBT

6

City University: Cass

 No TOEFL

7

Alliance Manchester Business School 

90 IBT

8

Warwick Business School

100 IBT

9

Cranfield School of Management

100IBT

10

University of Strathclyde Business School

No TOEFL

(Source: The Financial Times, QS and official university website)

 

Asia

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 scores 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:

 

Sr. No

Universities

Country

TOEFL Score

1

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

100 IBT

2

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

100 IBT

3

The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

80 IBT

4

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)

Singapore

100 IBT

5

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Hong Kong

  Decent score

6

Seoul National University

Korea

 94 IBT

7

Peking University         

China

90 IBT

8

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

80 IBT

9

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

85 IBT

10

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

79 IBT

 

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