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The power of the TOEFL® test in your classroom

The classroom is where it all happens. The TOEFL ITP® Assessment Series gives you real insight into your students’ performance so you can shape their tomorrow and help them succeed.

Used by more than 2,500 institutions in 50+ countries, the TOEFL ITP® Program offers high schools, colleges and universities, English language learning programs, and other organizations the opportunity to administer a convenient, affordable and reliable assessment of English-language skills. 

 

7 ways you can use the TOEFL ITP tests in your classroom. 

The TOEFL ITP tests measure core English skills using academic content similar to what is used in actual classroom tasks. This makes the tests an essential tool for:

  1. Placement in intensive English-language programmes requiring academic English proficiency at a college or graduate level.
  2. Progress monitoring in English-language programmes stressing academic English proficiency.
  3. Exiting English-language programmes by demonstrating proficiency in English listening and reading.
  4. Admissions to short-term, non-degree programmes in English-speaking countries where the sending and receiving institutions agree to use ITP scores.
  5. Admissions to undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in non-English speaking countries where English is not the dominant form of instruction.
  6. Admissions and placement in collaborative international degree programmes where English language training will be a feature of the programme.
  7. Scholarship programmes, as contributing documentation for academic English proficiency. 

 

The TOEFL ITP® Assessment Series: 

  • Designed to meet your testing needs and preferences

The TOEFL ITP tests share the same rich heritage as the TOEFL® test — the world’s most widely accepted and respected English-language test. The TOEFL ITP tests are an on-site solution that enables colleges and universities, English-language programmes and agencies to administer a convenient, affordable and reliable assessment based on previously administered TOEFL test questions.

  • Great for placement, monitoring progress and more 

The TOEFL ITP tests are used globally to place students in English-language programmes, to measure progress, for exit assessments and as a screening tool for study abroad and scholarship programmes.

  • Convenient, flexible and reliable 

By administering the test on-site yourself, you control when you want to test, the group size and how often to test. With multiple and various test forms, you can administer the tests all year round based on your needs. 

  • Mapped to the CEFR on A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels 

A mapping study identified the minimum TOEFL ITP Level 1 test scores corresponding to four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. 

  • Award your students a certificate they can be proud of 

The TOEFL ITP tests award three levels of certificates as proof of achievement of English-language proficiency. Each level corresponds to a CEFR level: B1 (Bronze certificate), B2 (Silver certificate) and C1 (Gold certificate). 

  • Give you confidence with a proven track record of success 

As the world’s leading on-site testing programme, the TOEFL ITP assessments are relied upon by more than 2,500 institutions in 50 countries with 800,000+ tests administered annually.

  • Offer reasonably priced options at any quantity 

The TOEFL ITP assessments are affordably priced at any quantity. Institutions have the option to purchase different quantities of the tests based on specific needs.

A Reliable Assessment of English

TOEFL ITP tests are available on paper and digital format and use 100 percent academic content to evaluate the English-language proficiency of nonnative English speakers. All questions are in multiple-choice format with four answer choices per question. The tests evaluate skills in three areas: 

 

  • Listening Comprehension measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities. Test takers listen to recorded audio materials and answer questions about what they heard. The recordings include language features that are typical of oral delivery. The questions ask about the main ideas and important details, and both explicit and implicit information.

 

  • Structure and Written Expression measures recognition of selected structural and grammatical points in standard written English. In the Structure part, test takers read a sentence and choose the correct answer choice to produce a grammatically correct sentence. In the Written Expression part, they select the underlined word or phrase that is grammatically incorrect. The sentences are on general academic topics.

 

  • Reading Comprehension measures the ability to read and understand academic reading material written in English. The topics and complexity of the passages are similar to what is typical of academic textbooks. Test takers read a variety of passages on academic subjects and answer questions about each passage. The questions ask about information that is stated or implied in the passage, and about the meaning of specific words used in the passages.

 

TOEFL ITP offers two tests — Level 1 (formerly TOEFL ITP) and Level 2 (formerly Pre-TOEFL). 

The Level 1 test evaluates students’ knowledge of English at the intermediate to advanced levels of English language studies. 

The Level 2 test evaluates students’ knowledge of English at the high beginning to intermediate levels. It measures the same language skills as the Level 1 test but is less difficult and requires less testing time. There are minor differences in the question types between Levels 1 and 2. 

The TOEFL ITP® Tests at a Glance
  • Level 1 (intermediate to advanced): Approximately 2 hours
  • Level 2 (high beginning to intermediate): Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes
Content and Settings for the TOEFL ITP Tests

Academic Topics

  • Arts: fine arts, crafts, theater, dance, architecture, literature, music, film, photography
  • Humanities: history, political science, government, philosophy, law
  • Life Sciences: paleontology, biochemistry, animal behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, health science, biology, agriculture
  • Physical Sciences: geology, astronomy, chemistry, Earth science, engineering, meteorology, energy, technology, oceanography, physics
  • Social Sciences: anthropology, sociology, education, geography, archaeology, psychology, economics, business, management, marketing, communications

 

Campus-life Topics

  • Classes: class schedules, class requirements, library references, assignments (papers, presentations, readings), professors, studying, field trips
  • Campus administration: registration, housing on and off campus, study abroad, internships, university policies
  • Campus activities: clubs, committees, social events

 

General Topics

  • Business: management, offices, official documents, law
  • Environment: weather, nature, climate, environment
  • Food: types of food, restaurants
  • Language and communication: mail, email, telephone use, leaving messages, requests for information
  • Media: TV, newspapers, internet
  • Objects: descriptions of objects, equipment
  • Personal: family members, friends, health, emotions, physical characteristics, daily routines
  • Planning and time management: future events, invitations, personal schedules
  • Purchases: clothing, shopping, banking, money
  • Recreation: sports, games, concerts, plays, art, books, photography, music, parties and gatherings, public lectures
  • Transportation: travel, driving, parking, public transportation, travel reservations
  • Workplace: applying for a job, on-campus employment, work schedules
Preparing for the Test

TOEFL ITP tests are not based on the content of any particular English course but rather on your English language proficiency—your overall ability to use English . Improvement in proficiency may take some time and is generally achieved through a combination of practice and study . 

There are several things you can do to prepare for the test and improve your English proficiency: 

  • Become familiar with the test format and know how to mark your answers on the answer sheet . You can then focus your attention on the test questions themselves . Carefully review the test directions and the sample questions on pages 10–20, and the sample answer sheet . 
  • Immerse yourself in the language as frequently as possible and in as many ways as possible . Read textbooks or other materials that cover a variety of subject areas (for example, sciences, social sciences, arts, business) and are written in an academic style . Watching movies and television and listening to the radio provide excellent opportunities to build your listening skills .
Resources
  • Test Taker Handbook for the TOEFL ITP® Test

Find 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 (PDF) for the TOEFL ITP Test.

 

  1. Sample Questions 

Level 1 (intermediate to advanced)

Level 2 (high beginning to intermediate)

 

Test takers can prepare for the TOEFL ITP Level 1 test with real practice tests from ETS. TOEFL ITP Practice Tests, Volume 2 contains 2 complete TOEFL ITP Level 1 practice tests, a CD-ROM of the Listening passages, answer keys, scoring information, study tips and test-taking strategies.

TOEFL ITP Test Scores

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
  • each section is scored separately to assist you in determining which skills need more work, enabling you to tailor learning activities to meet the needs of each student

TOEFL ITP scores are valid for two years. Because language proficiency can change considerably in a relatively short period of time, scores more than two 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 four 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 (PDF)

TOEFL ITP – Level 2 Score Descriptors (PDF)

 

CEFR Mapping Study 

The purpose of this mapping study was to identify the minimum TOEFL ITP Level 1 test scores corresponding to 4 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The table below presents the scaled cut scores for each section:

Award Your Students a Certificate That Recognizes Their Achievement

You can recognize your students’ achievement in English-language proficiency with 3 levels of certificates awarded by the TOEFL ITP program. Each TOEFL ITP certificate corresponds to a CEFR level.

Acceptable Scores

Each institution determines for itself what scores, or ranges of scores, are acceptable. These vary from institution to institution, depending on factors such as field of study and level of study. However, an acceptable score depends entirely on the requirements of the institution. There are no specific passing or failing scores set by ETS for the TOEFL ITP tests.

Test and Score Data Summaries

The TOEFL ITP® Test and Score Data Summaries contain data on the performance of examinees who took a TOEFL ITP test between January and December of a calendar year.

TOEFL ITP statistical data have been quite stable over the years, due to the consistently rigorous development standards ETS implements with all its tests. However, score results for test takers overall may vary slightly from year to year. Therefore, ETS publishes a new percentile ranking table every year, using data from that year.

 

Why are the TOEFL ITP tests the best choice for your students’ future?

  • Convenient to use
  • Affordable at any quantity
  • Flexible scheduling for any size group
  • Quick score turnaround
  • Proven track record: reliable and accurate
  • Targeted results that identify areas for improvement

What is the TOEFL ITP® Assessment Series?

The TOEFL ITP Assessment Series offers colleges and universities, English-language programs, and other organizations the opportunity to administer a convenient, affordable and reliable English-language assessment. The tests measure English proficiency at high-beginning to advanced levels.

The tests use academic content to evaluate non-native speakers’ English skills in:

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Structure and Written Expression
  • Reading Comprehension

How is the TOEFL ITP Assessment Series used by institutions?

  • There are many ways that you can incorporate the TOEFL ITP assessments into your classroom to keep your students on track for success. Using academic content, the TOEFL ITP tests can be used for:
    1. Placement in intensive English-language programs requiring academic English proficiency at a college or graduate level.
    2. Progress monitoring in English-language programs stressing academic English proficiency.
    3. Exiting English-language programs by demonstrating proficiency in English listening and reading.
    4. Skill building and preparation.
    5. Admissions to short-term, non-degree programs and collaborative international degree programs.

    Scholarship programs, as contributing documentation for academic English proficiency.

Who uses the TOEFL ITP Assessment Series?

Some 2,500 institutions in 50+ countries administer over 800,000 TOEFL ITP tests annually, including:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Secondary schools
  • English-language programs
  • Governments
  • Agencies

What skills does the TOEFL ITP Assessment Series measure?

The TOEFL ITP assessments are composed of 3 sections. Each section measures a different skill:

  • Listening Comprehension measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities.
  • Structure and Written Expression measures recognition of selected structural and grammatical points in standard written English.
  • Reading Comprehension measures the ability to read and understand academic material written in English.

What is the content of the tests?

The TOEFL ITP tests are available in paper or digital format. All questions are multiple choice. TOEFL ITP tests are administered for 2 levels:

  • The TOEFL ITP Level 1 test (intermediate to advanced) consists of 3 sections: Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression, and Reading Comprehension.
  • The TOEFL ITP Level 2 test (high beginning to intermediate) consists of 3 similar sections, as well as an additional vocabulary section added to the Reading Comprehension section.

How is the TOEFL ITP Assessment Series administered?

The tests are administered by institutions using their own facilities, staff and resources, or by your local ETS TOEFL ITP Associate. Multiple test forms allow you to administer the test throughout the year and as often as you need. Institutions set the test date and size of the group to be tested. The tests are available in both paper-delivered and digital formats.

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