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TOEFL score format

The TOEFL scoring pattern can baffle many people! Don't worry, we help you understand the scoring pattern better!

Kavitha Vijeyavelan | 18 Aug 2014 | Updated on 11 Aug 2015 | 548 Views

Your TOEFL test-sheet is graded by both automated scoring methods and human raters as well, to ensure that your results are accurate and offer an objective account of your language skills.

Fortunately, there is no pass or fail, when it comes to the TOEFL but various institutions set various TOEFL scores as entry requirements as per their expectations and that’s what you must keep in mind. The TOEFL Score can be used for up to two years and the test can be taken an endless number of times.

Sections & Scores

You must be sure to answer at least one question from the listening and reading sections each, produce at least one essay and finish at least one speaking task given to you to be entitled for a format TOEFL score. 

For the iBT test, you will receive four scores for four of the sections for a total score of maximum 120. You can earn upto 30 points maximum in the reading section, the listening section, the speaking section, and the writing sections. Along with these scores, you will also be given an official score record that is supposed to feedback on your performance or you performance level measure.  

Human and Automatic Scoring

TOEFL is graded by both automated scoring methods and human raters as well, to ensure that the test can give the right picture of the student’s language skills.  Automated scoring methods may have its own advantages but, obviously, it has no means of measuring the response in terms of creativity, quality, relevancy or effectiveness. The human raters used for the grading of the test make up for these missing elements and gives the test quality and consistency.

Security & Accuracy

Scoring never takes place at the test centres for security reasons and these are done from a safe centralized location. It uses judgments of many human raters for each test’s speaking and writing scores for increase in accuracy of scores. 

This is the TOEFL’s general score format for the iBT test, that is offered across test centres in India. 

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