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Frequently Asked Questions About the TOEFL Junior® Tests

What are the TOEFL Junior® tests?

The TOEFL Junior tests are English-language proficiency assessments intended for students ages 11+. They provide an objective and reliable measure of your students' English-language proficiency levels to help you make the best decisions.

There are 2 TOEFL Junior tests: the TOEFL Junior® Standard test, which can be delivered on paper or digitally, and the digitally-delivered TOEFL Junior® Speaking test. Each test measures different English-language skills. Both tests provide reliable administration and scoring, and scores are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels. Plus, TOEFL Standard Junior reading scores are matched with MetaMetrics® Lexile® reading measures so you can help students choose books at the right reading level to improve their English reading proficiency.

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How are TOEFL Junior test scores used?

The TOEFL Junior tests have multiple uses in English-language classrooms, including:

  • Determining whether students have sufficient communicative English skills to succeed in a classroom that uses English for instruction or need additional English support classes to fully participate in content courses
  • Placing students in English-language programs so they are matched with level-appropriate instruction
  • Monitoring progress over time to gauge learning and proficiency
  • Using "can-do" statements provided on the score report to inform conversations with parents
  • Advising students on appropriate book selections based on Lexile measures to improve their English-reading proficiency
  • Mapping student achievement to CEFR levels for international benchmarking
Who uses the TOEFL Junior tests?
English programs around the world trust the TOEFL Junior tests to help them make the best decisions about their students. Score users include:
  • English-language programs, for placement and to monitor progress
  • International schools where the language of instruction is English
  • Schools in non-English-speaking countries that focus on teaching content through English
What skills do the TOEFL Junior tests measure?

The TOEFL Junior tests measure a range of skills:

  • The TOEFL Junior Standard test — measures Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, and Language Form and Meaning
  • The TOEFL Junior Speaking test — measures oral communication skills in a classroom setting

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What is the TOEFL Junior test format?
  • TOEFL Junior Standard test — a paper-delivered or digitally-delivered test
  • TOEFL Junior Speaking test — a digitally-delivered test

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How are the TOEFL Junior tests administered?

Depending on your location, the TOEFL Junior program offers institutional testing, in which a school or other institution administers the test to its own students, and public testing in which dates are open to the public. Contact your local ETS Preferred Associate or the ETS TOEFL Junior Program to learn more.

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How are the TOEFL Junior tests scored?

The TOEFL Junior Standard test is scored locally by ETS Preferred Associates and features fast turnaround time. For the TOEFL Junior Speaking test, responses are scored by ETS-trained human raters.

Learn more about scores for the TOEFL Junior Standard test.
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How long are TOEFL Junior scores valid?

TOEFL Junior test scores are available for reporting for 2 years after the test date. After the time of testing, English-language proficiency can change rapidly depending on additional learning or development. That is why decisions involving scores should be made when the scores are obtained, because that is when they are most valid. Institutions can choose to use scores that are more than 2 years old as a record of an individual’s English-language proficiency at the time the test was taken.

How are the TOEFL Junior tests delivered?
  • TOEFL Junior Standard test — a paper-delivered or digitally-delivered test
  • TOEFL Junior Speaking test — a digitally-delivered test
How do I order the TOEFL Junior tests?

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