TOEFL Test Scoring

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Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. To get an official score, you need to answer minimum one question in all the sections of Reading and Listening sections, write at least one essay, and complete at least one Speaking task. You get scores in all four sections and also a total score.

  • Reading Section (Score of: 0 − 30)
  • Listening Section (Score of: 0 − 30)
  • Speaking Section (Score of: 0 − 30)
  • Writing Section (Score of: 0 − 30)
  • Total Score (0 − 120)

Along with the scores, the report card also includes the performance feedback of the test taker. Also it includes a description of various tasks that test takers within the reported score range can typically do.

There is no passing or failing TOEFL® score; Students are chosen in various institutions as per their set criteria of TOEFL marks. The result of the exam is valid for two years after the test date and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test.

Test Scoring

ETS uses both human raters and automated scoring methods. This is because automated machines only can help with scoring but cannot measure the effectiveness of the content, for which human raters also attend to the paper. They check out the quality of the content in the answer paper and help to present a complete and accurate picture of an applicant's ability.

Additionally, studies have shown that prompts designed for fully automated scoring have been more vulnerable to prompt-specific preparation and memorized responses.

The TOEFL test uses automated scoring so as to complement human scoring for the two tasks in the Writing section. Both the scores are combined as the human raters provide content and meaning to the scores, and automated scoring aims at linguistic features, ensures consistent, quality scores.

Rating is Kept Apart from Test Administration

The scoring has to be secured enough and hence, instead of doing it at test sites, it is done through a centralized scoring network that implements and ensures consistent scoring standards. A lot many raters form a part of the team for testing the papers. They may not necessarily be from the applicant's country of origin. ETS raters score responses anonymously for truly objective scoring. Multiple raters'judgments contribute to each test taker's Speaking and Writing scores in order to minimize rater bias.

Where Are TOEFL Scores Accepted?

More than 8, 500 institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores.