Last Updated: February 24, 2021

Colleges and universities often ask you for converted scores within the TOEFL exams in order to suit the system they follow. Most colleges have not been keen on updating their system even after CBT and iBT came into the picture and this demands that the test-takers learn the process of conversion than remain clueless while sending information regarding the scores.

The chart below can be used to convert/compare scores. Some Universities require a minimum score of 250/600 (CBT/PBT), some have a requirement of 213 (CBT) or 550 (PBT). Some require a score of 115 (iBT) for TA/RA.
Internet Based Test (iBT) Computer Based Test (CBT) Paper Based Test (PBT)
120 300 677
120 297 673
119 293 670
118 290 667
117 287 660-663
116 283 657
114-115 280 650-653
113 277 647
111-112 273 640-643
110 270 637
109 267 630-633
106-108 263 623-627
105 260 617-620
103-104 257 613
101-102 253 607-610
100 250 600-603
98-99 247 597
96-97 243 590-593
94-95 240 587
92-93 237 580-583
90-91 233 577
88-89 230 570-573
86-87 227 567
84-85 223 563
83 220 557-560
81-82 217 553
79-80 213 550
77-78 210 547
76 207 540-543
74-75 203 537
The three different types of TOEFL have been designed by ETS through the years. The PBT or paper-based test was the only test available in the beginning and it was followed by the CBT (computer-based test) and eventually by iBT (internet-based test) which came up during the pandemic.

You may feel that a PBT test is easier than the iBT since it deals mostly with grammar and lacks a speaking section. But these factors can weigh you down if you choose to take the PBT over the iBT because training for the speaking section can ultimately benefit you in your academic discourses.

Colleges and universities may demand that you take a particular kind of test. So consider your options before you register for the test. In case you have taken the iBT test when a PBT or CBT is required, knowing the conversion table can help you calculate your score and know where you stand. You will be able to take any form of the test and provide a converted score to the institutions of your choice since most universities still require the PBT score even though the CBT and iBT is more convenient and mostly opted for these days.




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