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Is 108 a good score for elite universities?

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I did the TOEFL last month and obtained a 108. 28 in reading and writing, 29 in listening, and 23 in speaking. I am from El Salvador and will very likely apply without SAT scores due to the ongoing pandemic. I will apply to elite universities like MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and Caltech. Some universities like MIT recommend to a 100; however, I read in an unofficial source that Caltech requires 110. Should I retake it or is 108 fine? How determinant would it be?

Moreover, I wanted to add that many top universities like Caltech also accept the Duolingo Test. Should I take the Duolingo test intead or will I get a similar score?

*I was also asking about the scores because only my speaking score is low which is probably because I don't live in an English speaking enviroment, however, I don't know if colleges will see it that way and I don't want to leave anything to chance.


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If you do not want to leave it a chance, I would suggest taking the Duolingo test and the TOEFL again. 108 is a very good score and most top colleges would not have an issue with the score. However, Caltech admits that the highest test scores in the US for all standardized tests. Keep in mind that CalTech is test-blind for SAT/ACT and Subject Tests (they are not factoring in these tests at all) this cycle so they are going to rely on other information like grades, course rigor, essays, recommendations, and your English speaking ability.

I would like to add 108 is still an excellent score and from this question alone I get a feeling that you are an excellent english speaker/student. If you can I would recommend an alumni interview with Caltech, and there they can witness your speaking skills. That way you might not have to retake the exam. In my opinion 108-110 is not a big difference so I don’t think you have to retake it
@CameronBameron makes a really good point about Caltech being test-blind. If you can improve your TOEFL score, particularly speaking, it can certainly help. 108 is a great score, no doubt, but most top colleges will want to see higher speaking scores.
Princeton, for instance, says this: Admitted students who score below a 27 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton. Students who do not pass the test will be required to enroll in English Language Program classes.
This means that students can get in with lower speaking scores, but it's obviously ideal if you have a higher one, since a 23 vs a 27 is a bigger difference. That said, if preparing for the TOEFL will take away time from your essays/other important application elements, then you might choose to focus on those instead, as your score is still very good.
Thank you very much! I think I'll retake the TOEFL and prepare well this time.