The TOEFL Junior® Speaking test is scored by ETS-trained human raters. Please refer to the TOEFL Junior® Speaking Scoring Guide for a better understanding of the scoring methodology.
The table below shows the TOEFL Junior Speaking test scores, performance descriptors and Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels. Performance descriptors represent performance in middle schools using English for instruction, and show what a typical student at that level can do.
|Score Range||Performance Descriptors||CEFR Level|
|14–16||Almost always produces vocabulary and grammar that is accurate, varied and effective, and always understandable to listeners.||B2|
|11–13||Usually produces vocabulary and grammar that is accurate and effective, and speech that is usually understandable to listeners.||B1|
|8–10||Produces speech that is at times understandable to listeners.||A2|
|Below 8||Produces basic vocabulary and simple grammatical structures.||Below A2|
CEFR Mapping Studies
In 2010, a standard-setting study was conducted by ETS researchers to map TOEFL Junior Standard test scores to the CEFR. The purpose of the study was to provide policymakers with recommended minimum scale scores (cut scores) for the Listening Comprehension, Language Form and Meaning, and Reading Comprehension sections. As a result of additional research, the TOEFL Junior Standard cut scores for CEFR levels A2, B1 and B2 were revised in October 2012. Research for recommended minimum scores for the TOEFL Junior® Speaking test also was conducted in 2012.
The TOEFL Junior Speaking test score report provides a score range from 0–16. These scores are linked to the scoring guide used to score Speaking tasks to help teachers, students and parents better understand the meaning of the scores. The test scores are accompanied by performance descriptors.
TOEFL Junior Speaking Test Certificate of Achievement
In addition to a score report, the TOEFL Junior program also offers certificates of achievement based on scores and CEFR levels that you can award to your students. It's one way to provide students and parents with a sense of accomplishment.