Scores and Research TOEFL Junior

Scores and Research

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Like all tests in the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, the TOEFL Junior® tests are based on thorough research to ensure their validity and reliability, and they reflect best practices in language testing.

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TOEFL Junior® Scores

TOEFL Junior score reports are a valuable tool that can help you guide your students. They include section and total scores as well as "can-do" statements that you can use to help students, parents and instructors understand students' proficiency levels and progress.

Scores can be useful for international benchmarking because they are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels, and they are matched with Lexile® measures from MetaMetrics®, which makes it easier for instructors to help students choose books at the right reading level to improve their English reading proficiency.

The TOEFL Junior tests measure a test taker's current level of English-language proficiency and are not designed to be a predictor of future TOEFL iBT® scores. Because of the rapid development of English proficiency by test takers within the TOEFL Junior recommended age range, it is recommended that scores not be used beyond two years. However, scores can be considered valid beyond two years if the test taker provides evidence of having maintained the same level of English language learning.

The TOEFL Junior Standard test and the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive test have content differences. While both tests have Reading and Listening sections, the TOEFL Junior Standard test measures Language Form and Meaning while the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive test measures Speaking and Writing. Because these sections measure different language skills, the overall score levels and descriptions of the two tests are not directly comparable.

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TOEFL Junior Certificates 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.