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.

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

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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  1. Hi, are you certain about the CERF certificate as a requirement? Home Affairs had “overlooked” my CERF B2 cert.

  2. 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)

    1. Hi Gareth, for what it’s worth. I haven’t and I think it’s unlikely going to be available as an option for you? I assume you are trying to get a score to support a ‘IELTS Superior English‘ and the extra points that it brings. Definitely worth the effort and worthy of taking another test to get the score you are looking for if you are short on points.

    1. Hi ilias. We didn’t include this as it tends to only cover medical occupations however the attached should help. We’ll probably update this article in the future to accommodate this info. Cheers for flagging it!

  3. Lumping 0~4 together is no help. There is a world of difference between a 1 and a 3.5; between an A1 and a B1.

    1. Hi Kim, would you mind providing me some further context so I can update the post to reflect your comments?