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Administration and Scoring for the TOEFL ITP® Tests

Flexible Administration

The TOEFL ITP® tests are reliable, convenient and flexible to use. The tests are administered by your institution using your own facilities, staff and resources, or by an ETS Preferred Network office. Scores are provided for your own internal use to assess your student and curriculum development and are not shared with other institutions.

Because you can use your own staff and facilities to administer the tests, you can choose when you want to test and the testing format, as well as the size of the group. The tests are available in both paper and digital delivery, and multiple test forms allow you to administer the tests throughout the year and as often as you need. You'll have an instruction manual to guide you through the test administration.

Test Taker Handbook

Download the Test Taker Handbook for the TOEFL ITP tests for information on what to do before the test, what to expect on test day, getting ready for the test, score reporting, and policies and guidelines.

Download the Test Taker Handbook.

Testing Accommodations

Students with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

ETS is committed to providing access to test takers with disabilities or health-related needs by providing reasonable accommodations. Some accommodations we offer include extended testing time, extra breaks, a reader, a scribe for answers, braille, large print and a separate testing room.

For students who have difficulty filling in the bubbles on paper answer sheets, we suggest that students who are able to do so circle their answers in the test book. After the testing session, the test administrator would transfer the answers to an answer sheet for processing by ETS. The student's test book should be attached to the answer sheet.

Students Requiring Additional Time

A student should be granted additional testing time for the TOEFL ITP test only if the same student receives similar accommodations for other exams and has previously demonstrated and documented the need for the accommodation.

Reliable Scoring

Digital tests are scored locally. Unofficial scores and rosters are available at the test center immediately upon completion of the test. Official score reports are sent out approximately 7 days after the test date.

Paper tests are scored by ETS or by your local ETS TOEFL ITP Associate. Score reports are sent out approximately 7 days after receipt of the answer sheets.

Detailed Score Reports

All TOEFL ITP score reports include:

  • individual information for your program to distribute to students
  • institutional information and a score roster for internal use only
  • total scores and section scores

Segmenting the scores by section provides greater insight into which skills need more work. This enables you to tailor your instruction accordingly and better meet the needs of each student.

TOEFL ITP scores are valid for 2 years. Because language proficiency can change considerably in a relatively short period of time, scores more than 2 years old cannot be reported or verified.

TOEFL ITP Score Descriptors

To help you interpret the scores, a Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) mapping study was conducted in 2011 and a score descriptor study in 2014. Results of the CEFR mapping provide the minimum TOEFL ITP section scores for 4 of the levels defined in the CEFR (A2, B1, B2 and C1). The 2014 score descriptors by section are designed to provide more accurate information on the true meaning of TOEFL ITP test scores, which will provide institutions, teachers and test takers with a better understanding of students' English-language proficiency, including areas of strength and areas that need improvement.

Find out more about:

TOEFL ITP – Level 1 Score Descriptors

TOEFL ITP – Level 2 Score Descriptors

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