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How to report IELTS and TOEFL scores to US universities?

Updated: Mar 30, 2023


In IELTS there is a score band and the overall score depends on the mean score obtained by the student. So, students get a score between 1 to 9 for each category of the test. These test scores are accessible within 13 days after you attempt the test.

You can check your score online and will also receive a Test Report Form via mail. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your test scores, you can retake the test to improve.

Nevertheless, after you are done with your test, the next thing you do is send the test report to the University you are applying for.

So, the administrations of IELTS permit students to send their IELTS scores to five universities of their preference, which they can finalise when they register for IELTS.

Keep in mind that there are two ways of sending IELTS scores to Universities.

  • You can attach a copy of your Test Report Form or Additional Test Report Form along with your college application and send the same via mail to the desired universities.

  • Another way of sending your IELTS scores to the universities is that you can select universities of your choice while you register for IELTS and let the centre send your scores for you. Well, this can be arranged through the British Council free of charge. However, there are some additional charges as well if it surpasses 5 universities.

Additional charges for sending IELTS score:

  • If you want to send your test score to more than 5 universities, an extra charge of approximately $3.75 is taken for each additional university.

  • There is an additional $19 charge if you wish to mail the hard copy of your scores to the universities.


After you have taken the test, the following are the steps that need to be followed to send your TOEFL scores on your ETS account

  • Log into your TOEFL iBT account

  • Follow the prompts through order score reports.

  • Search for the university or universities you wish to send your scores to.

Keep in mind that if you are sending your TOEFL score to more than four universities, you'll need to select the option for "Send Additional Score Reports" and pay the required fee which is $20 per additional report.

You can also send your scores via fax and postal mail.

It takes almost 6 days to receive your score in the ETS account after the test while if you are sending your score via postal mail then it takes 11 days plus mailing time.

Don't forget to keep dates in mind while considering your university's application deadline. Also, note that your TOEFL score is valid for 2 years.

This was all about sending your IELTS and TOEFL scores to US universities. We hope this helped you.

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