How to calculate and understand TOEFL scores
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How to Calculate TOEFL Scores – Want to study abroad? The first thing you are asked is to present are your TOEFL scores. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is considered one of most ideal tests to check your English language proficiency if your native language is not English. Taken across 130 test centres in the world, TOEFL is a highly competitive test of your English proficiency since it facilitates admission at some of the most well-known universities in the world.

In this article we explain the different concepts related to the TOEFL scoring process and also how the test is scored.

 

TOEFL Test Pattern

TOEFL is of two types: TOEFL iBT and PBT. TOEFL iBT is delivered via internet. The test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. It checks how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. TOEFL PBT is administered in a paper format and is currently offered only in locations where the test cannot be taken via internet.

There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) in the TOEFL iBT, which consumes total of about four and a half hours to complete, including check in.

 

How to understand your TOEFL scores: TOEFL iBT Pattern

Section

Time Limit

Questions

Tasks

Reading

60–80 minutes

36–56 questions

Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.

Listening

60–90 minutes

34–51 questions

Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, answer questions.

Break

10 Minutes

  -

 

Speaking

20 minutes

6 tasks

Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.

Writing

50 minutes

2 tasks

Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

The TOEFL PBT test takes about three and one-half hours to complete. There is also a 30-minute writing test, called the Test of Written English (TWE) test, required of everyone who takes the paper-delivered test. The total time to take both tests is about four hours.

How to understand your TOEFL scores: TOEFL PBT Pattern

Section

Description

Time Limit

No. of
Questions

Listening Comprehension

Measures the ability to understand spoken English

30-40 minutes

50

Structure and Written Expression

Measures the ability to recognize language appropriate for standard written English

25 minutes

40

Reading Comprehension

Measures the ability to understand non-technical reading material

55 minutes

50

TWE® Test

Measures the ability to write in English

30 minutes

1 topic

What does the TOEFL test include?

TOEFL iBT

Reading: The reading section comprises 36–56 questions, where you have to read some passages from academic textbooks and answer accordingly. The section TOEFL score ranges from 0 to 30 similar to the listening section.

No. Of questions

Duration

Scores

36–56

60–80 minutes

0–30 (1 Point for each correct response)

Listening: This section comprises 34–51 questions where you are required to listen to lectures, different kinds of conversations including classroom discussions. After which, you have to answer questions surrounding the discussions. The listening section measures test takers abilities to understand English in everyday settings.

No. Of questions

Duration

Scores

34–51

60–90 minutes

0–30 (1 Point for each correct response or 2 points for questions worth 2 points)

Speaking: It comprises six tasks which is rated from TOEFL scores 0 to 4. This is later converted to a TOEFL score of 0 to 30. In the speaking section, you may hear two tasks that may have speech with accents. The two tasks are 15 seconds long each, thus you will have 45 seconds to respond. The listening and speaking section includes native English speaker with accents from North America. Thus, you are likely to hear speech in different accents from Australia, New Zealand and UK.

No. Of questions

Duration

Scores

6 tasks

20 minutes

0–30 (1 Point for each correct response)

Here is an example of the two speech:

Audio File

Transcript

Item 1 (MP3)

If friends from another country were going to spend time in your country, what city or place would you suggest they visit? Using details and examples, explain why.

Item 2 (MP3)

Some people enjoy taking risks and trying new things. Others are not adventurous; they are cautious and prefer to avoid danger. Which behavior do you think is better? Explain why.

Writing: The writing section has two tasks, where you have to write essay responses based on the reading and listening tasks. You have to support your opinion in the writing section. In this section, TOEFL scores are rated from 0 to 5 are converted to a scale of 0 to 30.

How to understand and calculate TOEFL scores

The scoring pattern of TOEFL is different from other English proficiency tests like PTE and IELTS. While all three English language proficiency test your understanding of the foreign language, each test has different test pattern and duration. TOEFL score is measured on a 0–120 scale, i.e. 0–30 TOEFL scores for each section.

 

TOEFL Score Scale

Skill

Score Range

Level

Reading

0–30

High (22–30)
Intermediate (15–21)
Low (0–14)

Listening

0–30

High (22–30)
Intermediate (15–21)
Low (0–14)

Speaking

0–30 score scale

Good (26–30)
Fair (18–25)
Limited (10–17)
Weak (0–9)

Writing

0–30 score scale

Good (24–30)
Fair (17–23)
Limited (1–16)

 Total Score

0–120

 

How to calculate TOEFL scores?

Although the score range for each of the four test sections (Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing) is from 0 to 30, each section has separate measure and each measure has its own scale.

 

Here, we bring you the way to calculate TOEFL scores for each sections of the exam.

 

How to calculate TOEFL scores: Reading

The reading section has multiple choice items, thus your TOEFL scores are based on your performance.  The Reading section has 36–56 tasks based on reading passages from academic texts and answering questions. You will receive one point for each correct response except for the last question of each set, which is worth two points. The total TOEFL scores for the reading section are then converted to a score on a scale of 0–30.

 

How to calculate TOEFL scores: Listening

The Listening section has 34–51 tasks based on listening to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answering questions. Candidates are allotted one point for each correct answer. Some questions are even worth 2 points. The total points that you receive are converted to 0–30 a scale.

 

How to calculate TOEFL scores: Speaking

Speaking skills are scored with a SpeechRater program - an automated scoring system for TOEFL speaking test. The SpeechRater program uses all six tasks responses to determine your overall speaking abilities, which is then converted to TOEFL scores on a scale of 0–30.

 

How to calculate TOEFL scores: Writing

While the two writing tasks are scored by e-rater automatic scoring technology. The score range for the writing skill is from 1 (low) to 5 (high), your writing task rating is summed and converted to a score on a scale of 0–30. Candidates might even get 0 for wrong answers. 

 

Extra questions:

The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that do not count toward your TOEFL score. These are either questions that allow ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions. It is recommended to read the timing instructions for the Reading Section carefully. The instructions will indicate how many passages you will receive and the amount of time you have to respond to questions for those passages. Make sure to pace yourself so that you have time to answer all the questions without leaving any answered.

 

TOEFL scores are recognised by over 9000 colleges, universities and organisations, being one of the most popular tests conducted to evaluate a candidate’s English language proficiency. It is taken across 130 test centres in the world, TOEFL is a highly competitive test of your English proficiency since it facilitates admission at some of the most well– known universities in the world.

 

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can I attempt IELTS/TOEFL if I am persuing b tech and in second semester

KUNAL LANJEWAR 6th Dec, 2019

Hello,

For your information, their is no age limit criteria for attempting the IELTS  / TOEFL exams. The only requirement is that you should have a valid passport and  have cleared minimum 10th grade.

So, you are now pursuing B-Tech in second semester, so you can definitely  attempt the exam.

Given below are some links which may help you to get other details related to the exams:

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Should I take the TOEFL test in class 11th or 12th?

Aman Raj Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

Hello

I think class 11th is most suitable for this condition as you don't want to mess up with the boards in class 12th so 11th is apt for this.

So, begin preparing for TOEFL and SAT together. SAT and TOEFL have a lot of similarities, except Speaking and listening in TOEFL and Maths in SAT.


3 months is more than enough time to prepare for both, in fact, if you already have elementary english perfected. TOEFL won't require more than a week. So don't worry for TOEFL.


SAT will take in reading skills that will demand your consistent concentration and focus. Maths in SAT is filthy easy! Just practice for 3 days straight and a 800 is guaranteed. Writing will also demand attention. So you need to work very hard to get 2000+. Afterall, You get scholarship on the basis of SAT. (there are other factors too).


Vocabulary will be a nagging topic (for me it was). And if you do it, you are half way through !


So, plan 3-months, when you work only for the SAT and the TOEFL. once cleared, get back to studies, work hard.

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is it important to have maths in 12th and TOEFL/IELETS for MBA at NMIMS

Apurv 10th Oct, 2019

Hello Nitika, Yes, you do need mathematics as a subject in your 12th examinations if you are applying for MBA / MBA HR / MBA Decision Science & Analytics courses. Also you do need TOEFL/IELTS to prove your english proficiency. The minimum TOEFL score is 80 and minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Visit this official website for eligibility criteria:

https://upload.nmims.edu/admission/handoutadmission2020.pdf

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what can i do after gmat result. is toefl exam occur after gmat result? can i have to apply for visa after gmat result?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

see you can give toefel exam any time. because almost every month toefel exam has slot. you need to just prepare yourself. and toefel exam has no link with gmat exam. you need to apply separately for toefel as it is a english language proficiency test. you can apply for visa after gmat exam. before applying do multiple checking of eligibility criteria and marks requirement, visa permit everything. it would be best if you take some professional help. please search in your city if there is any professional who help with visa application process.

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