Ofey89 wrote:Hello everyone.
I have just received my Toefl scores from ETS with a total score of 103 (R 29, L 25, S 24, W 25).
I have already checked the various english and toefl minimum requirements for different programs (even top-tier ones) and I haven't found anything greater than 100. So I guess I'll have no restrictions on where to apply based (solely) on my toefl scores.
Now, I still have a couple of doubts that I need to ask you about:
1- Given that my score is above or well above the minimum toefl requirement, does the admission committee still discriminate between candidates with different toefl scores?
2-In the hypothesis that I get accepted into a certain program, and that I receive some sort of Teaching Assistanship funding, will my speaking toefl score of 24 be enough to be eligible?
Thanks a lot!
In practice, all the scrutiny that is given to TOEFL scores pertain to the type of TA assignment you will be given. You might have to take an extra English course if your TOEFL score falls within a certain range, you might be restricted to grading, but I do not think you will be unable to TA and just give out a RA to you until you gain the ability to TA.
Minnesota used to hand out RAs to students whose speaking subscore is abysmal (I think it's 17 and below; then again, it doesn't happen very often and the last student to be subjected to such a treatment has either graduated or will graduate soon, but Minnesota has rather lenient TOEFL standards, 80+ with 21+ on reading and writing) but these RAs lasted until they pass the first English course they are assigned (out of a total of 3) at which time they would switch to grading TA assignments. You could easily imagine the professor being unhappy with that albatross of a student because that student spent a lot of time on coursework and incur the whole TA overhead for one semester, leaving not much time for actual research work. Nowadays, if one such student matriculated at Minnesota, that student would shadow other TAs rather than to be thrown into the RA fire.
At Minnesota in particular, if you made no improvement during the TA training camp, you would still TA with lab and discussion sections but would have to take 1 extra English course.