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At a glance
TOEIC has a unique scoring system which aims to provide a fair and accurate report of a candidates English Proficiency Level. As such, it is not recommended to convert a raw score into an official test score without the use of TOEIC's test-specific scales.
Listening and Reading are given as a scaled score from 5-495 each, and a combined score of 10-990. Speaking and Writing are given as a scaled score of 0-200 each with equivalent band scores between 1-8 and 1-9 for Speaking and Writing respectively.
These scores are presented with a detailed description of the abilities associated with each of the levels common to test takers. For instance, if a test taker receives the following scores:
- Listening: 330/495
- Reading: 370/495
- Speaking: 140/200
- Writing: 130/200
They will be able to claim the following abilities as given in the Score Descriptor Tables:
|Skill Bracket Abilities:|
Test takers who score around 300 typically have the following strengths:
• They can sometimes infer the central idea, purpose, and basic context of short spoken exchanges, especially when the vocabulary is not difficult.
• They can understand the central idea, purpose, and basic context of extended spoken texts when this information is supported by repetition or paraphrase.
• They can understand details in short spoken exchanges when easy or medium-level vocabulary is used.
• They can understand details in extended spoken texts when the information is supported by repetition and when the requested information comes at the beginning or end of the spoken text. They can understand details when the information is slightly paraphrased.
Typically, test takers at level 6 are able to create a relevant response when asked to express an opinion or respond to a complicated request. However, at least part of the time, the reasons for, or explanations of, the opinion are unclear to a listener.
This may be because of the following:
• unclear pronunciation or inappropriate intonation or stress when the speaker must create language
• mistakes in grammar
• a limited range of vocabulary
Most of the time, test takers at level 6 can answer questions and give basic information. However, sometimes their responses are difficult to understand or interpret.
When reading aloud, test takers at level 6 are intelligible.
Test takers who score around 350 typically have the following strengths:
• They can infer the central idea and purpose of a written text, and they can make inferences about details.
• They can read for meaning. They can understand factual information, even when it is paraphrased.
• They can connect information across a small area within a text, even when the vocabulary and grammar of the text are difficult.
• They can understand medium-level vocabulary. They can sometimes understand difficult vocabulary in context, unusual meanings of common words, and idiomatic usage.
• They can understand rule-based grammatical structures. They can also understand difficult, complex, and uncommon grammatical constructions.
Typically, test takers at level 6 are partially successful when giving straightforward information or supporting an opinion with reasons, examples, or explanations.
When giving straightforward information, asking questions, giving instructions, or making requests, the message omits important information or is partly unintelligible.
When attempting to explain an opinion, their writing presents relevant ideas and some support.
Typical weaknesses at this level include:
• not providing enough specific support and development for the main points
• unclear connections between the points that are made
• grammatical mistakes or incorrect word choices
Once a candidate has taken a TOEIC test, they can expect to receive their Listening & Reading results in 7-21 days depending on the policies of their test location. This can be up to four weeks for Speaking & Writing results.
Once released, these scores are kept on file and can be used as proof of English Proficiency for two years, after which the test taker may need to resit the test. This is because skills can fluctuate over time for a number of reasons.
- Raw scores are not released to test takers.
- Scaled scores are derived from a statistical model which accounts for test variations.
- Each test has a unique raw-score-to-scaled-score conversion table that is not released to the public for security and authenticity reasons.
- Since it is unique, a conversion table applied to the wrong test could produce inaccurate test scores.
These figures represent the minimum equivalent TOEIC scores for the CEFR bands from A1 to C1.
Listening and Reading
For Listening and Reading, test takers will achieve a raw score out of 100 which is then scaled using a unique model. This model ensures that all test scores are fair and minor test variations are accounted for. These scaled scores are given in a score between 5-495
The TOEIC Listening and Reading Score Report looks something like this:
You will see an overview of your scaled scores on a slider from 5-495 and then a combined score out of 990.
Below that there will be a description of your score and the typical strengths of test takers in this band. The bands related to the Listening & Reading Score Descriptors and you are provided with the bracket where you score falls.
You can then see a detailed breakdown of all the abilities specifically measured including a percentage of the correct answers to questions testing that ability. This can help you to identify specific strengths and weaknesses.
Speaking and Writing
For both Speaking and Writing, test takers receive a raw score based on a set of criteria for each question type (shown below: Speaking / Writing). This raw score is then converted to a scaled score out of 200 in increments of 10 (e.g. 180 is possible but 185 is not).
Each scaled score falls into a band bracket equivalent as shown here:
|Speaking Score||Proficiency Level||Writing Score||Proficiency Level|
Here is an example of a band descriptor for Speaking:
A test-taker with a Speaking score of 6 is equivalent to a CEFR B1
Here is an example of a band descriptor for Writing:
A test-taker with a Writing score of 8 is equivalent to a CEFR B2-C1
The TOEIC Speaking and Writing Score Report looks something like this: