Introducing the TOEFL® Primary™ Tests by ETS
Put students on the right path, right from the start.
The TOEFL® Primary™ tests are the newest addition to the TOEFL® Family of Assessments and the first step on a student's path to reaching their full potential. Backed by decades of research by leading experts in assessment design, development and research, each test in the TOEFL Family of Assessments is designed to help students, teachers and parents make the best decisions every step of the way.
The TOEFL Primary tests help you shape young learners' English-language instruction. They are designed for students ages 8+ and measure the English skills that provide a foundation for students' future success.
The TOEFL Primary tests are designed to:
- Assess the general English-language proficiency of young learners ages 8+
- Provide a snapshot of each young learner's ability in listening, reading and speaking
- Support teaching and learning by giving information about your students' abilities in relation to international standards
Different test options for students at different levels
Reading and Listening — Step 1
The Reading and Listening — Step 1 test is intended for students in the earlier stages of learning and covers:
- Familiar contexts (e.g., school, home, playground)
- Basic formulaic expressions
- Basic vocabulary and phrases related to common objects and people
- Short and simple requests and directions
- Short and simple text relevant to everyday experiences
Reading and Listening — Step 2
The Reading and Listening — Step 2 test is intended for students who have begun to develop communicative skills and covers:
- Basic expressions, requests, phrases and directions
- Simple short stories and conversations on topics beyond everyday experiences
- Unfamiliar words given sufficient amount of contextual clues
- Simple content-based texts
The Speaking test is intended for students in all stages of learning and covers:
- Ability to communicate orally in routine social situations related to their daily lives
- Basic emotions and feelings
- Simple requests, commands and directions
- Describing people, objects, animals, places and activities
- Explaining and sequencing simple events
Tools to help students grow
Detailed and comprehensive score reports highlight what students have accomplished as English language learners and what they are ready to learn. They provide:
- Fast score turnaround
- Score levels with meaningful information for each section, including clear descriptors of student English-language skills
- Lexile® measures from MetaMetrics® (applies to Reading test only)
- Mapping of score levels to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
- Recommendations about next steps that students take to improve their English-language abilities
Lexile Measures from MetaMetrics
The best way for students to improve their English reading ability is to read. TOEFL Primary scores and Lexile measures make it easier to find the right books at the right reading level, simply by matching a Reading section score with a Lexile measure.
Using Lexile measures takes the guesswork out of selecting reading materials that can help to build English reading skills. The Lexile site contains a searchable database to find books that match students' reading level and interests.
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a standard used by educators worldwide to measure the language proficiency of nonnative speakers. TOEFL Primary scores are mapped to CEFR levels, so you will know about your students' abilities in relation to international standards.
The TOEFL Primary tests are being introduced in phases in various locations around the world, starting with Korea and Vietnam. Administrations will begin in late 2013.
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