Will a high TOEFL score boost an application?


rosie2704
Hi all,

There are a lot of posts concerning the impact of low TOEFL scores on the LL.M. application. However, does anyone know if a high TOEFL score has an important impact on the chance of being admitted? In other words, once you pass the required minimum, for example 100, will getting 120 make a difference?

I am applying to Harvard, UPenn, Duke and UMichigan and I got 119/120 on my TOEFL. I am asking because I'm not sure if my academic and professional experience is as broad as other LL.M. candidates, and I wonder if a high TOEFL score could give me an advantage.
Hi all,

There are a lot of posts concerning the impact of low TOEFL scores on the LL.M. application. However, does anyone know if a high TOEFL score has an important impact on the chance of being admitted? In other words, once you pass the required minimum, for example 100, will getting 120 make a difference?

I am applying to Harvard, UPenn, Duke and UMichigan and I got 119/120 on my TOEFL. I am asking because I'm not sure if my academic and professional experience is as broad as other LL.M. candidates, and I wonder if a high TOEFL score could give me an advantage.
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AnnaLLM
Hi Rosie,

I doubt a high TOEFL score will make much of a difference. As far as I know, besides your transcripts the focus is more on the PS and LoR's and when applicable, work experience. When you meet the minimum requirement, I don't think the TOEFL score will tip the scale either way.

Good luck!
Hi Rosie,

I doubt a high TOEFL score will make much of a difference. As far as I know, besides your transcripts the focus is more on the PS and LoR's and when applicable, work experience. When you meet the minimum requirement, I don't think the TOEFL score will tip the scale either way.

Good luck!
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Stagista11
toefl score is a necessary condition, not a sufficient one. Once your score is high enough, admissions officers just look at other stuff you've done. Rather, focus on drafting a good personal statement
toefl score is a necessary condition, not a sufficient one. Once your score is high enough, admissions officers just look at other stuff you've done. Rather, focus on drafting a good personal statement
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rosie2704
Thank you!
Thank you!
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I will have to concur with the others. TOEFL is more a disqualifying factor than a qualifying one. If you score lower than the limit, it gives the examiner the option to drop you. I don't think a high TOEFL score shall really tip the scales in any other way. Though it depends on the university you are applying to.
I will have to concur with the others. TOEFL is more a disqualifying factor than a qualifying one. If you score lower than the limit, it gives the examiner the option to drop you. I don't think a high TOEFL score shall really tip the scales in any other way. Though it depends on the university you are applying to.
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olivers
What you will need is really the financial statement. Everything else, is subordinate to your financial statement.
What you will need is really the financial statement. Everything else, is subordinate to your financial statement.
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