TOEFL ITP® Plus for China Solution
The TOEFL ITP® Plus test is no longer available. All scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.
To meet the needs of students from Mainland China who were unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test due to testing suspensions there, ETS and the TOEFL® program temporarily offered the TOEFL ITP® Plus for China solution. This solution combined the existing paper-delivered TOEFL ITP Level 1 test with a short, unscored video speaking interview, provided by Vericant.
Learn more about TOEFL ITP Plus for China solution.
About the TOEFL ITP® Test
Based on the long-standing rich heritage and expertise of the TOEFL test, the ETS research-backed, paper-delivered TOEFL ITP test is normally administered by institutions for their specific placement, monitoring progress and program exit needs, and as such, is generally not intended as a replacement for the TOEFL iBT test. However, as part of the TOEFL ITP Plus solution, it was a suitable choice for evaluating applicants for admission purposes from China while the TOEFL iBT test was not available.
During this period, this TOEFL ITP Plus version of the test was administered in China as a paper-pencil test in official ATA-operated test centers under ETS-mandated protocols, procedures and proctors to provide security comparable to that of the TOEFL iBT test, as well as best-in-class procedures for high-stakes paper-based testing.
Please note that the TOEFL ITP Plus test offered in China during that time was the Level 1 version of the test (Intermediate to Advanced), NOT the Level 2 version (High Beginning to Intermediate).
The current TOEFL ITP FAQ page offers a good introduction to the TOEFL ITP test and helps answer general questions about the TOEFL ITP Assessment Series.
For specific questions about the TOEFL ITP China Plus solution, see our FAQ TOEFL ITP China Plus solution.
Test Content and Format
Like the TOEFL iBT test, the TOEFL ITP test uses academic content to evaluate the English-language proficiency of non-native English speakers, giving you confidence about your students' ability in a real-world academic setting. Learn more about test content.
Administration and Security
Your need for trusted and secure scores remains unchanged, and ETS's commitment to security is likewise unchanged. Though the administration of this test was a temporary measure until TOEFL iBT testing resumed in test centers in Mainland China, you can be confident in the security of TOEFL ITP Plus for China scores.
The TOEFL ITP Plus for China solution:
- administered the TOEFL ITP test in a secure, ETS authorized test center, operated by ATA, under ETS-mandated protocols, procedures, test center administrators and proctors to provide security comparable to that of the TOEFL iBT test
- followed security protocols aligned with best-in-class procedures for high-stakes paper-delivered testing
- included a short video speaking interview offered through Vericant, an established, known provider of third-party interviews for higher education use
For the Vericant interview, students went through a 3-step verification process to ensure the student's identity and linked the interview for each student with that student's TOEFL ITP Plus test scores. In addition, interview questions were selected at random and all follow-up questions were non-scripted based on the student's response to guarantee no 2 interviews were alike.
The TOEFL ITP test was designed to evaluate the ability to comprehend spoken and written English in an academic setting, making it appropriate for decisions related to academic English-language proficiency.
ETS provided research-backed baseline recommendations for TOEFL ITP Plus total and section score requirements to help you with the process of establishing cut scores.
These recommendations were based on the experience of the TOEFL program working with score users, as well as on studies conducted in recent years to facilitate the interpretation and use of TOEFL ITP scores.
Please note, they were intended only as a starting point. Relevant and useful score requirements are dependent on institution-specific factors, such as the English-language demands of its courses and the amount of language support available on campus. Additionally, institutions should keep in mind the following:
- Experience with TOEFL ITP scores for purposes such as placement in an English-language support program for international students can inform decisions for score requirements for admission.
- High requirements may limit applicant pool, but those admitted are more likely to have the English-language skills to succeed.
- Lower score requirements may increase the applicant pool, but some admitted students may not have the English-language skills to succeed. However, offering opportunities for language support on campus might allow for more lenient score requirements.
- Setting score requirements for the total score as well as for section scores allows for a consideration of the students' language profile, which might not be possible when only total score requirements are set.
- In general, institutions require scores that map onto CEFR level B2 or higher (moderate language demands) or CEFR level C1 or higher (high language demands) when using the CEFR to set score requirements for admissions. Equivalent information for the TOEFL iBT test may be found at Comparing TOEFL iBT Scores to the CEFR.
There are several resources available to facilitate score interpretations.
- Download the current TOEFL ITP Test Taker Handbook for information about the total and section scores.
- TOEFL ITP scores have been mapped onto the CEFR levels through a study by Tannenbaum and Baron (2011) — Mapping TOEFL® ITP scores onto the Common European Framework of Reference.
- Additional score level guidance is provided through the TOEFL ITP Section Score Descriptors created though a separate study (Powers et al., 2017).
Receiving Scores from Vericant
Once the student selected the set of TOEFL ITP scores and the interview to be sent to a selected university, here is how Vericant made them available to the university:
- If the university already had a Vericant account (email on file), the university user could see the scores and the interview by logging into their Vericant School Portal. The university could also set up an email notification when new scores and interviews were added to the portal.
- If the university had Slate® integration turned on, the scores and the interview would be sent to the university's Slate database, and the university did not need to log in to the Vericant School Portal.
- If the university did not already have a Vericant account (no user email on file) but a student had selected the university as a recipient, Vericant would contact the university admissions office through email and advise them to create a Vericant School Portal account to view the scores and interview.
- Universities, at any time, could also create a Vericant School Portal account in advance.
To check if your university is already listed in the Vericant database, review the Vericant list of institutions. If it is not, we suggest you create a Vericant School Portal account in advance so your university will be added to the database and made available to students.
The User Guide to the Vericant School Portal for Institutions provides further information, including:
- setup and technical instructions, including Slate setup or integration
- tips for navigating the portal
- a sample score report under the Student Profile page
- a sample export file under the Student List page
To learn more about Vericant, visit www.vericant.com.
TOEFL ITP scores reported to institutions through the Vericant School Portal are official ETS scores. If you need additional score verification or have questions about a particular score, please email the details of the score report, including the students’ National ID or Passport number, to ETS China at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scores from the TOEFL ITP Plus for China test are valid for 2 years from the test date.
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