Looking for TOEFL ETS scores interpretation? Then, you are in the right place. In the previous article, we briefly explained the essence of TOEFL testing. And now we'll try to satisfy your hunger to the grading system. First of all, TOEFL is oriented towards non-English speaking students. Native speakers are tested in other ways.
As far as TOEFL demonstrates your overall knowledge of English, just as any other language test it consists of four proficiency levels. Be ready with your writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. Well, at least for the most spread type of examination called TOEFL iBT® Test Scores.
As for the grading, here is a clue:
On the whole, every foreign student is able to score 120. It’s not that easy, but I guess it is more realistic than reaching a maximum for the statistics or accounting test.
However, that’s not all. There are also so-called TOEFL® PBT Scores. Basically, the skills checked and the tasks are similar, but the approach to the student's work evaluation is more strict and complicated. You are expected to gain at least half of the points (50%) to pass TOEFL iBT® ranking. Therefore, a student who earns less than 50%, fails the test automatically. So, if the first approach aims to point at your weak points, this second one is more about passing the test.
The primary target of PBT is to pass each of the three stages – listening, reading, and writing (a.k.a. structure or written expression), by receiving not less than 31 out of 68 points. So, even 45% is enough. The maximum score any student can obtain is 677.
Finally, TWE® Scores, which is my favorite part. This test takes a half an hour to accomplish. As a rule, it is an addition to PBT advanced assignments. It has a paper-based format which means that a candidate must compose an essay.
The overall grade will be based on such elements as:
Every applicant gains two scores at a time, ranked 1-6. This grade is not included in the general TOEFL score. Don’t get surprised when you receive 2.5 or 5.3 – such grading is also accepted.
You may use this assignment separately from the rest of the test as a sample for your future education or career.