Steps for sending you TOEFL Report Card to universities
You are planning to go abroad for higher education and decided to take the TOEFL iBT exam. By this time, you must have started researching about your preferred universities. You should know that every university has specific guidelines and there is a specific score that you need to achieve for applying in that university. You should also know that you have sent your TOEFL Report Card or Score Card to the university.
The process for sending TOEFL Report Card is very simple, and in this article, we will be discussing the process of sending your TOEFL Report Card to universities.
Is sending TOEFL Report Card important?
Yes, it is important so that you the university can start your admission process. There are thousands of students applying for the same university and there are limited seats so the university must screen the best candidates. So sending your TOEFL Report Card on time is very important.
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In this article, we will be discussing the step by step guide for sending the TOEFL report card or scorecards to schools and universities. And also we will discuss the costs and how long it takes for schools or universities to get them.
Changes in the TOEFL Score Report – MyBest Scores
ETS has recently introduced a new system for TOEFL report card and it is called “MyBest Scores“
New TOEFL score report contains a separate section referred to as “MyBest Scores.” This line combines the best result from each section of the test you have gotten over all of your attempts over the past two years. For example, if you take the test four times it will combine the best individual writing, speaking, reading and listening scores you achieved on all four attempts. Note that some schools may not accept these scores and will continue to accept single test scores as usual.
Students can have a “MyBest Scores” section added to an old score report if they pay to have it re-submitted to the school. Only scores from the previous two years will be included.
How to Send TOEFL Scores to Schools
The process for sending your TOEFL report card before or after the exam is the same. You just have to select the schools you wish them to receive your TOEFL Report Card.
To select which schools or universities you would like to receive your scores, follow these six steps:
1. Log on to your TOEFL iBT account or create an account if you haven’t already.
2. On the home page, select “Order Score Reports.” (If you haven’t already registered for a test date, you’ll need to do that first by selecting “Register for a Test.”)
3. For Product Type, click “TOEFL Services” then click “Continue.”
4. Select the test date you want to send the scores of and click “Continue.”
5. Search for and select the schools you want to send your scores to.
6. Follow any additional prompts you receive (such as payment, which is discussed more below).
If you chose to send your TOEFL score report via email then you have to print and complete the TOEFL iBT Additional Score Report Request Form, and mail it with your payment information to:
P.O. Box 6153
Princeton, NJ 08541-6153 USAStep by Step guide to send your TOEFL Report Card to Schools and UniversitiesClick To Tweet
You can also fax your TOEFL score report, for that complete the same score report request form linked above and fax it along with your registration number and credit/debit card information to 1-610-290-8972.
What is the cost of sending TOEFL scores?
When you register for the 1st time for TOEFL exam, ETS provides you with sending your TOEFL score report for FREE to 4 different schools or universities. The cost is already incurred in your TOEFL registration fee and this is the only time you can send your TOEFL scores for FREE.
If you want to change the list of universities or schools after you have selected them, you can do so until 10 PM of the day before the exam for FREE. ETS will not charge extra for making the changes, but keep in mind about the 10 PM before the exam date.
How long does it take for universities to receive your TOEFL scores?
ETS sends your TOEFL Report only via courier. Your TOEFL report will not be sent via email. Unlike other standardized English Test, TOEFL scores are strictly sent via courier. So, it is quite obvious that it will take several weeks before the universities receive your TOEFL report.
If you choose which schools to send your scores to before you take the TOEFL, your score report will be mailed to the schools you designated 13 days after you take the exam (you’ll receive your scores 10 days after you take the test). If you choose to send score reports to schools after you’ve already received your scores, your TOEFL score report will be mailed 3-5 business days after your order is received.
After your TOEFL score reports are mailed, it will take about 7-10 days for schools in the United States to receive your scores, and longer, about 4-6 weeks, for schools outside of the United States to receive your scores.
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When you estimate your time for schools to receive your score, remember it takes for your scores to be sent (up to 13 days) to reach to your university or schools. The shipping time itself (up to 10 days for US schools and up to six weeks for international schools)
For US schools, your TOEFL scores will be received about three weeks or slightly longer after you have submitted your score report, and for international schools, it can take eight weeks or longer. There is no rush or priority shipping for TOEFL reports.
How long is the TOEFL score valid?
The TOEFL score is valid for 2 years from the day you take the exam. So if you take the exam on 1st April 2019 it will be valid until 1st April 2021. After this, you need to re-appear for the test to send your new TOEFL score report.
Most of the universities require an official TOEFL score report in order for your scores to be valid, but some employers might be interested in your English skills, who might accept TOEFL scores older than two years old.
Important tips for sending TOEFL report
I hope by now, you have understood how to send you TOEFL scores to universities and schools. Follow these tips to make sure your score reports get to the universities you want to receive them.
#1: Know That Sending TOEFL Scores Affects Your Ability to Rescore
Once you have decided to send you TOEFL score to any school or university, you will lose your ability to have your Speaking and/or Writing sections rescored through the TOEFL Score Review Service.
The Score Review service allows you to request that your Writing and/or Speaking sections be rescored if you feel that they were not scored correctly the first time.
You can only use this service up to 30 days after you take the TOEFL, and it costs $80 to restore each section. Most people don’t use this service, and, even if they do, it’s rare for scores to be changed after Score Review, but this is still something you should be aware of.
#2: To Save Money, Take the TOEFL After You Decide Which Schools You’ll Be Applying To
ETS only allows you to send 4 FREE score reports. After that, you need to pay $ 19 for sending your TOEFL score. If you don’t want to pay extra, one way to do this is to use only the free score reports without having to pay for additional score reports.
Your ability to do this obviously depends on how many universities you end up applying to, but if you take the TOEFL when you’re still trying to narrow down which of a dozen schools you want to apply to, you may end up sending some or all of your score reports to universities you lose interest in and don’t end up applying to, meaning you’ll have to pay $19 to send your scores to each school you do apply to.
Waiting until you’ve decided which schools to apply to or have narrowed down your list of possibilities can end up saving you money in score report costs.
#3: Make Sure Your TOEFL Scores Will Be Received by Application Deadlines
Even if you spend dozens of hours studying and earn a top TOEFL score, all of that work will go to waste if schools don’t get your scores in time. Remember to account for both the time it takes for ETS to put your scores in the mail as well as travel time in the post. As rough guidelines, if you’re applying to schools within the United States, take the TOEFL at least 25 days before deadlines, and if you’re applying to schools outside the United States, take the TOEFL at least two months before deadlines.
It is always advisable to search online about “estimated times (TOEFL scores are sent via regular courier)” or contact that country’s postal service.
It’s always better to have your scores in before deadlines, but if there’s no way schools will get your scores in time, you may be able to self-report your scores (you’ll get your scores ten days after the exam) to schools and have them receive your official scores later. Not all schools accept this, however, so be sure to contact them first.