iBT TOEFL Scores

What does the iBT TOEFL Score Card Contain

The iBT TOEFL is the Internet-based TOEFL test. The iBT TOEFL scores are calculated in a very interesting and different manner. TOEFL is a language test and its scores do not determine the pass or fail status for any candidate but they simply denote the competence of the individual in the English language for academic purposes. The iBT TOEFL scores are mere reflections of the scores of a candidate in light of the answers that he/she gives in the test.





The iBT TOEFL scores have two aspects:

  1. The iBT TOEFL sectional-scores
  2. The iBT TOEFL total test scores

1. The iBT TOEFL Sectional Scores:

There are four sections in the TOEFL test. The four sections are: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. All the sections of the TOEFL are scored on a scale that ranges from 0-30. The actual correct answers from every section are scored and the total from every section is measured on this scale. The Reading and Listening sections are scored differently from the Writing and Speaking sections of the test.

Details of the Scores of the Reading and Listening Sections of the TOEFL:

  • The Reading and Listening sectional-scores of the TOEFL are computerised scores.
  • A score in the range 22-30 is a High score.
  • A score in the range of 15-21 is an Intermediate score.
  • A score in the range of 0-14 is a Low score.

Details of the Scores for the Writing and Speaking Sections of the TOEFL:

  • The iBT TOEFL scores for the Writing and Speaking sections are measured automatically through computers and also by ETS raters.

  • ETS raters are specially trained and hired by TOEFL administrators i.e. the ETS to score the test.

  • Human judgement is very important for scoring the Writing and Speaking abilities of candidates because only human beings can measure softer aspects like quality of the content, flow of thought, ideas etc.

  • The dual- scoring process also eliminates any room for miscalculations and errors of judgement in the iBT TOEFL scores.

The Speaking section Score Demarcations:

  • Each speaking task is scored in a range of 0-4.
  • The total scores of each task are then averaged on the scale of 0-30.
  • A score in the range of 26-30 is a Good score.
  • A score in the range of 18-25 is a Fair score.
  • A score in the range of 10-17 is a Limited score.
  • A score in the range of 0-9 is a Weak score.
  • For a detailed understanding of the iBT TOEFL scores for the Speaking section , visit the link: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/Speaking_Rubrics.pdf

The Writing section Score Demarcations:

  • Each writing task is scored in a range of 0-5.
  • The total scores of each task are then averaged on the scale of 0-30.
  • A score in the range of 24-30 is a Good score.
  • A score in the range of 17-23 is a Fair score.
  • A score in the range of 1-16 is a Limited score.
  • For a detailed understanding of the iBT TOEFL scores for the Writing section, visit the link: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/Writing_Rubrics.pdf

2. The iBT TOEFL Total Test Scores

The iBT TOEFL scores are declared as separate sectional-scores and also as the total of the sectional-scores. The sectional scores are measured on a scale of 0-30. The total score is arrived at by adding the scaled scores of each of the four sections of the test and then expressing them on the scale of 0-120. When the results of the TOEFL test are declared, then the candidate is given both the section-wise calculation of the scores along with the total iBT TOEFL scores.

Things to remember about the iBT TOEFL scores:

  • The iBT TOEFL test is not scored on-site.

  • The iBT TOEFL scores are calculated in a unique manner and every candidate should visit the official website www.ets.org to get the correct and updated information about it.

  • The iBT TOEFL scores are calculated through computerised as well as human calculations therefore, one should keep in mind that even though the computers might accept rehearsed answers but, the ETS raters will not accept them.

  • There is a difference in the iBT TOEFL scores that a candidate receives and the total of the number of correct answers in the test. They should not be confused with one another as the scores given in the iBT TOEFL score card of candidates are an expression of their softer aspects like quality of language used and the ability in the language as well.

  • Scores are measured on a scale so that a true comparison between the many test takers can be done.

  • The technology that is used to calculate the iBT TOEFL scores ensures that the scores are consistently and correctly expressed.



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