How is the TOEFL Scored?

The highest TOEFL iBT score is 120 points.

There are four sections–Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing–and each section has a maximum score of 30 points.

Reading

This section is scored by how well you answer multiple-choice or drag-and-drop questions. There are three reading passages, each with 12 to 14 questions. This means that 36 to 42 total questions determine your Reading section score.

Listening

This section is scored by how well you answer multiple-choice or drag-and-drop questions. There are four lectures, each with 6 questions, and two conversations, each with 5 questions. This means that 34 questions determine your Listening section score.

Speaking

This section is scored by how well you answer six tasks. For each task, you must record an audio answer that lasts either 45 seconds or 60 seconds. Before you record an answer to a task, you sometimes have to read or listen to material.

Each of the six tasks are graded from 0 to 4 points. This means that you receive a total number of graded points from 0 to 24 points. This number is then converted by ETS by a formula that gives you a score from 0 to 30.

Writing

This section is scored by how well you answer two tasks. For each task, you must type a written answer. For the first task, you have 20 minutes to type an answer that should be at least 150 words. For the second task, you have 30 minutes to type an answer that should be at least 300 words.

Each of the two tasks are graded from 0 to 5 points. This means that you receive a total number of graded points from 0 to 10 points. This number is then converted by ETS by a formula that gives you a score from 0 to 30.

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