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TOEFL ETS Scores Interpretation (iBT & PBT)

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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:

  1. Reading is up to 30 points.
  • You fail if you get less than 15.
  • You are considered intermediate English reader with 15-21 points. So, it’s not that hard to achieve at least 22 reading score points to be called a pro.
  1. Listening is judged absolutely the same.
  2. Speaking is evaluated according to the next scheme:
  • Up to 4 points are converted to 0-30 scale.
  • If you gain less than 10 – sorry, you'll have to retake an exam.
  • 10-17 are still counted very poor.
  • 18-25 are fair while it is still better to reach all 30. Then, even native speakers won’t be able to differentiate your pronunciation from their own.
  1. Finally, writing is the most essential and complicated part.
  • 0-5 points are converted to 0-30 scale for this part.
  • You have limited English writing skills with the 1-16 score – don’t even think of becoming famous British or American author unless you cope with this problem.
  • 17-23 points are valued as pretty satisfactory.
  • 24-30 points are referred to excellent writing skills.

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.

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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:

  • Clear thesis statement
  • Appropriate structure and organization
  • Following one of the academic formats – MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard etc.
  • Word choice, vocabulary
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Coherence, relevance
  • And of course, correct referencing and in-text citations.

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.