Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

TOEFL Junior® scores are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) so you can use them for international benchmarking of your students' English proficiency levels.

The CEFR is a widely-used tool for understanding different stages of language learning. It covers six proficiency levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2, with C2 being the highest level. The performance descriptors for each section of the TOEFL Junior tests are adapted from the CEFR level descriptors to reflect the TOEFL Junior test content and the age of the test takers.

In 2010, a standard-setting study was conducted by ETS researchers to map TOEFL Junior Standard test scores to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The purpose of the study was to provide policymakers with recommended minimum scaled scores (cut scores) for the Listening Comprehension, Language Form and Meaning, and Reading Comprehension sections. Because the TOEFL Junior test is available in two testing modes, the TOEFL Junior Standard test (paper-based) and the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive test (computer-based), a second mapping study was conducted in 2012 to identify the minimum scores on the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive test that correspond to each level of the CEFR. Further research was also conducted employing equipercentile equating of the Reading and Listening measures of the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive test to their corresponding TOEFL Junior Standard scores. These additional studies allow ETS to align the test scores and the CEFR cut scores for both TOEFL Junior tests.

The revised recommended TOEFL Junior Standard cut scores for CEFR Levels A2, B1 and B2 are shown below, as of October 2012:

Sections CEFR Level A2 CEFR Level B1 CEFR Level B2
Listening Comprehension 225–245 250–285 290–300
Language Form and Meaning 210–245 250–275 280–300
Reading Comprehension 210–240 245–275 280–300

View the Press Release Announcement: International Panel Links TOEFL Junior® Scores to Common European Framework

Read the Executive Summary: Mapping the TOEFL Junior® Test onto the Common European Framework of Reference

Read the full ETS Research Report: Mapping the TOEFL Junior® Test Onto the Common European Framework of Reference

TOEFL Junior Certificates of Achievement

The TOEFL Junior program also offers certificates of achievement based on scores and CEFR levels that you can award to your students. It's one way to provide students and parents with a sense of accomplishment.

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