Administration and Scoring

Flexible Administration

The TOEFL ITP® assessments are reliable, convenient and flexible to use. The tests are administered by your institution using your own facilities, staff and resources, or by an ETS Preferred Network office. Scores are provided for your own internal use to assess student and curriculum development and are not shared with other institutions.

Because you can use your own staff and facilities to administer the tests, you can choose when you want to test, as well as the size of the group. Multiple test forms allow you to administer the tests throughout the year and as often as you need. You'll have an instruction manual to guide you through the test administration.

Reliable Scoring

After administration, tests are scored locally and reported to the institution by total and section scores. Segmenting the scores provides greater insight into which specific skills need improvement and enables teachers to tailor their instruction accordingly. Scores are returned quickly, usually within seven days of receipt of the answer sheets. They should not be used as substitutes for actual TOEFL iBT® 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 test forms should not be substituted for the TOEFL iBT test. Individuals who wish to have score reports sent to other institutions or agencies must take the TOEFL iBT test.

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 the 2014 Test Score Descriptors (PDF).