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TOEFL Primary® Reading and Listening Test — Level 2 Score Proficiency Descriptors

Reading Comprehension

LevelAbilities
5 Out of 5 Badges
5 Out of 5 Badges
Students perform exceptionally well on this test.
They can:
  • Understand a wide variety of common and less common words to describe objects, places, people, actions and ideas
  • Comprehend the meaning of complex sentences, paragraphs and longer texts
  • Connect information across several sentences and paragraphs to infer information, identify main ideas and understand the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Identify specific details in longer texts
4 Out of 5 Badges
4 Out of 5 Badges
Students understand simple stories and age-appropriate academic texts.
They can:
  • Understand a variety of common words and many less common words about objects, places, people, actions and ideas
  • Comprehend the meaning of complex sentences and paragraphs
  • Connect information in longer sentences and across several sentences to infer information, main ideas and the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Identify specific details in texts
3 Out of 5 Badges
3 Out of 5 Badges
Students understand simple stories and are beginning to understand age-appropriate academic texts.
They can:
  • Understand common words and some less common words about objects, places, people, actions and ideas (examples: ring, adventures, whisper, double)
  • Comprehend the meaning of complex sentences (examples: This is a friendly thing to do when you say goodbye. People do this when they talk quietly.)
  • Connect information in longer sentences and across different sentences to infer information, identify main ideas and understand the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Locate key information in texts
2 Out of 5 Badges
2 Out of 5 Badges
Students understand short descriptions and find information in signs, messages and stories.
They can:
  • Understand common words and social expressions (examples: play a game, go to a museum, wave goodbye)
  • Comprehend simple descriptions of current and past events (examples: The mouse is on top of the table. He is washing his hands.)
  • Recognize relationships among words and phrases within familiar categories (examples: food, fruit, strawberries; rain, sky, clouds; one more time, again)
  • Make connections across simple sentences (example: Clouds are in the sky. Rain comes from them. Sometimes they cover the sun.)
1 Out of 5 Badges
1 Out of 5 Badges
Students begin to recognize some basic words.
They may be able to:
  • Identify basic vocabulary with visual support

Listening Comprehension

LevelAbilities
5 Out of 5 Badges
5 Out of 5 Badges
Students perform exceptionally well on this test.
They can:
  • Understand less frequently used words that describe familiar topics, settings and actions
  • Understand messages and stories that include unfamiliar words and some idiomatic expressions
  • Consistently connect information throughout stories and academic talks to infer meaning
  • Identify specific information in longer texts
4 Out of 5 Badges
4 Out of 5 Badges
Students understand conversations, simple stories and age-appropriate academic talks.
They can:
  • Understand less frequently used words that describe familiar topics, settings and actions
  • Understand messages and stories that include unfamiliar words and some idiomatic expressions
  • Consistently connect information throughout stories and academic talks to infer meaning
  • Identify specific information in longer texts
3 Out of 5 Badges
3 Out of 5 Badges
Students understand basic conversations and simple stories. They begin to understand age-appropriate academic talks.
They can:
  • Understand less common words that describe familiar topics, settings and actions (examples: pocket, pour, lamp, branch)
  • Understand indirect responses to questions in conversations
  • Understand messages in which information is not explicitly stated
  • Connect information to infer main idea or topic of messages, stories, informational texts
  • Synthesize information from multiple locations in a longer, spoken text
2 Out of 5 Badges
2 Out of 5 Badges
Students understand basic conversations and messages and begin to understand stories and informational texts.
They can:
  • Understand common expressions used in everyday conversations
  • Understand a simple, single instruction spoken in familiar words, with key words repeated
  • Understand the purpose of messages in which key information is repeated
  • Understand the main ideas of simple stories in which key information is explicitly stated and repeated
1 Out of 5 Badges
1 Out of 5 Badges
Students begin to recognize a few familiar words in speech such as words for objects, places and people.
They may be able to:
  • Identify familiar words with visual support

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