Ielts - Toefl - Cefr Comparison Tool

IELTS – TOEFL – CEFR Comparison Tool

In order to qualify for the vast majority of Australian Visas, you will need to be able to demonstrate a competent grasp of the English language.

The Australian government recognises several organisations for this purpose. The largest (and still the most popular provider) is IELTS (International English Language Testing System), followed closely by TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) and the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Having the choice of different English language testing providers is a positive thing for migrants to Australia as it provides more flexibility for exam locations while increasing competition which helps keep the fees in check.

Unfortunately, however, if you are looking to understand better how many points you need, this might often prove tricky as much of the documentation available uses the IELTS score as a reference point.

To assist with this process, we thought an article might be useful to help you quickly convert IELTS, TOEFL and CEFR Scores.

IELTS. TOEFL, CEFR Score Conversions

The table below provides a conversion of the different scores across each of the primary testing options. To assist with your interpretation of the conversion table, we have also included a few examples below.

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IELTS to CEFR level

If you were looking for an IELTS CEFR comparison, for example, read the table from left to right. As an example. An IELTS score 9 equals a CEFR score of C2. An IELTS score of 8 converts to a CEFR score of C1.

IELTS TOEFL Comparison

If you are looking to convert an IELTS Score to TOEFL, Using our table below you can see IELTS score of 5.5 would correspond to TOEFL scores of 46 to 59; an IELTS score of 6.0 would correspond to TOEFL scores of 60 to 78; an IELTS score of 6.5 would correspond to TOEFL scores of 79 to 93; an IELTS score of 7.0 would correspond to TOEFL scores of 94 to 101; and so forth.


Finally, using our table below, a C1 CEFR level is a 94 or above on the TOEFL. More specifically, a C1 or above translates to a 24 on the Reading section, a 22 Listening, a 25 Speaking, and a 24 Writing

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IELTS, TOEFL, CEFR Comparison Table

Below you can find a comparison table to convert the different scores between each of the primary providers. E.g., IELTS to TOEFL, IELTS to CEDR and CEDR to IELTS/TOEFL.




IELTS Description

9.0 118-120 C2 Expert User
8.5 115-117 Very Good User
8.0 110-114 C1
7.5 102-109 Good User
7.0 94-101
6.5 79-93 B2 Competent User
6.0 60-78
5.5 46-59 Modest User
5.0 35-45 B1
4.5 32-34 Limited User
0.0 – 4.0 0-31 A1-B1 Extremely Limited/Intermittent/Non Use

I hope you found our IELTS -> TOEFL – CEFR conversion tool of use but please let us know if you have any suggestions on ways in which we can improve it.

Similarly, if you have any questions or comments, please lets us know in our comments below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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  1. Hi, Anyone ever combined components from 2 separate IELTS tests to get points for 189 visa.
    i.e. Hoping to put in total score of level 9.

    Test 1: Speaking (9), Listening (9), Reading (9), Writing (7)
    Test 2: Speaking (7), Listening (9), Reading (9), Writing (9)

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