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TOEFL® Young Students Series

 Now more than ever, countries are introducing English as a second language at earlier stages of learning. The TOEFL® Young Students Series helps you measure your students’ English-language skills and guide students to the next steps of learning. The tests are designed for age appropriate learning levels of young students — discover which test is right for your program.

TOEFL® Primary Tests

The newest addition to the TOEFL Family of Assessments, the TOEFL®Primary tests set the right foundation for successful development of English-language skills. They are intended for students ages 8+ and are offered as three different tests: the Reading and Listening Test — Step 1, the Reading and Listening Test — Step 2, and the Speaking test.

Introducing the newest addition to the TOEFL® Family of Assessments

The TOEFL® Primary tests are assessments from ETS that help you shape young students’ English-language instruction in a way you never have before. Based on the rich heritage of the TOEFL®test and best practices in English-language testing, the TOEFL Primary tests are designed for students ages 8+ and measure the English communication skills that provide a foundation for students’ future success.

You can use the TOEFL Primary tests to guide your teaching goals, monitor student progress, identify students’ strengths, weaknesses and more.

Scores are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and TOEFL PrimaryReading scores are matched to MetaMetrics®Lexile® measures.

About the TOEFL® Primary Tests

 The TOEFL® Primary Tests tests are the newest addition to the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, which also includes the TOEFL iBT®TOEFL ITP® and TOEFL Junior®tests. Based on the heritage of the TOEFL test, the TOEFL Primary tests uphold ETS’s high standards for developing valid and reliable tests that support educational purposes and reflect the latest research innovations.

Put Your Students on the Right Path, Right From the Start

The TOEFL Primary tests are the first step on a student’s path to reaching his or her full potential. The tests measure students’ English communication skills and progress in English classes — and provide meaningful feedback about their abilities to both you and their parents.

The TOEFL Primary tests are designed to:

  • Assess the general English-language proficiency of young students ages 8+
  • Provide a snapshot of each student’s ability in listening, reading and speaking
  • Support teaching and learning by giving information about students’ abilities in relation to a widely accepted international standard

Different Test Components for Students at Different Levels

TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening Test — Step 1

A paper-delivered test of reading and listening proficiencies designed for young students at the beginning stages of learning English

TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening Test — Step 2

A paper-delivered test of reading and listening proficiencies designed for young students who have acquired some communicative English skills

TOEFL Primary Speaking Test

A computer-delivered test of speaking proficiency suitable for young students at various levels of English‐language proficiency.

Test Content

Test Options for Students at Different Levels

Depending on school curricula and other factors, young students acquire their English abilities at different times and in different ways. The TOEFL® Primaryprogram offers three tests to measure a range of skills:

  • the paper-delivered Reading and Listening test — Step 1
  • the paper-delivered Reading and Listening test — Step 2
  • the computer-delivered Speaking test

Each test provides reliable scores, and scores from all tests are mapped to Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels. TOEFL Primary Reading scores are also matched to MetaMetrics® Lexile® measures, making it easier to find the books and articles that best match students’ English reading levels.

TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening tests assess students’ knowledge, skills and abilities to fulfill core communication goals in English. They are offered at two levels of proficiency, Step 1 and Step 2, so that you can select an assessment that more closely matches the skills your students have acquired.

The TOEFL Primary Speaking test is designed for students at many different levels of English ability, from beginners through more proficient speakers.

TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening Test — Step 1

The Reading and Listening test — Step 1 is intended for students in the earlier stages of English learning and covers:

  • Familiar contexts (school, home, playground)
  • Basic formulaic expressions
  • Basic vocabulary and phrases related to common objects and people
  • Short and simple requests and directions
  • Short and simple text relevant to everyday experiences
Section Number of Questions Number of Examples Total Number of Questions Time
Reading 36 3 39 30 minutes
Listening 36 5 41 30 minutes

TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening Test — Step 2

The Reading and Listening test — Step 2 is intended for students who have acquired some communicative English skills and covers:

  • Basic expressions, requests, phrases and directions
  • Simple short stories and conversations on topics beyond everyday experiences
  • Unfamiliar words given sufficient amount of contextual clues
  • Simple content-based texts
Section Number of Questions Number of Examples Total Number of Questions Time
Reading 36 1 37 30 minutes
Listening 36 3 39 30 minutes

TOEFL Primary Speaking Test

The Speaking test is intended for Reading and Listening test takers — Step 1 or Step 2 — and covers:

  • Giving simple descriptions
  • Expressing basic emotions, feelings and opinions
  • Making simple requests
  • Asking questions
  • Giving directions
  • Explaining and sequencing simple events
Section Number of Questions Time
Speaking 8 20

Preparing Your Students for Success

The TOEFL Primary program helps your students improve their English skills both before and after the test. Handbooks with sample questions help you, students and their parents know what to expect on the test. After test day, MetaMetrics® Lexile®reading measures linked to TOEFL Primary scores make it easier to select books at students’ reading levels and improve their English reading proficiency over time.

Learn more about preparing your students.

How Tests Are Administered

Both TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening tests offer institutional testing so that schools can administer the tests to their own students. They are scored by ETS Preferred Network offices and feature fast turnaround times.

The TOEFL Primary Speaking test is given during fixed administration periods and is scored at ETS by ETS-trained raters. Contact your ETS Preferred Network office or the TOEFL Primary program to learn more.

Understanding and Using Scores

The TOEFL Primary program offers certificates of achievement based on a student’s score level. It’s one way to provide students and parents with a sense of accomplishment. Plus, TOEFL Primary scores are mapped to Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels to give students the ability to see their level on a global scale and to give you a more in-depth understanding of your students’ English proficiencies.

 

TOEFL Junior® Tests

Intended for students ages 11+, the TOEFL Junior®tests are an objective and reliable measure of your students’ English communication skills. They are available in two testing modes: the paper-delivered TOEFL Junior Standard Test and the computer-delivered TOEFL Junior Comprehensive Test.

Grow Your Students’ Potential with the TOEFL Junior Tests

Setting a strong foundation for your students early makes all the difference. That’s why it’s important to have an accurate understanding of their English-language skills that can help you guide them to reach their full potential.

Intended for students ages 11+, the TOEFL Junior®tests are an objective and reliable measure of your students’ English communication skills. Based on the rich heritage of the TOEFL® test and best practices in English-language testing, TOEFL Juniortests can help you pinpoint your students’ strengths and challenges.

The TOEFL Junior tests are available in two testing modes and can be used in multiple ways in the classroom for placement and to monitor progress. Plus, the scores are mapped to CEFR levels to help you better understand students’ English proficiency levels and are matched with Lexile®measures to help you find the right books at the right reading levels for your students.

Learn more about how the TOEFL Junior tests can help you guide your students to build a future of opportunities.

About the TOEFL Junior® Tests

Make an Early Impact that Lasts a Lifetime

The TOEFL Junior® tests, intended for students ages 11+, provide real insight into your students’ English communication skills to help you make the best decisions and guide them on a path to success. Learn more about how TOEFL Junior scores can help you.

To better meet the expectations of English-language programs worldwide, the TOEFL Junior tests are available in two testing modes and measure a range of skills:

  • TOEFL Junior Standard test — a paper-delivered test that measures Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, and Language Form and Meaning. The TOEFL Junior Standard test is currently available in over 50 countries around the world.
  • TOEFL Junior Comprehensive test — a computer-delivered test that measures Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Speaking and Writing. The TOEFL Junior Comprehensive test is being introduced in phases in various locations around the world.

Learn more about both testing modes.

Part of the TOEFL® Family of Assessments

The TOEFL Junior tests are part of the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, which also includes the TOEFL iBT® test and the TOEFL ITP® Assessment Series. Based on the long-standing and trusted heritage of the TOEFL test, the TOEFL Junior tests use the most up-to-date methods for language testing and are fair, reliable and valid for their intended purposes.

Plus, TOEFL Junior scores are mapped to CEFR levels, so as to gauge achievement against an international standard, and give you a more in-depth understanding of your students’ English proficiency levels. Learn more about TOEFL Junior scores.

Preparing your Students for Success

The TOEFL program makes it easier for you to help your students improve their English skills with helpful tools and resources. We offer sample questions for both testing modes to help your students prepare successfully for test day. Plus, students receive Lexile® measures with their TOEFL Junior scores, which makes it easier to select books at the right reading level and improve their English reading proficiency over time.

Preparing for the Test

 Handbooks for the TOEFL Junior® Tests

Download a handbook for information on what to do before the test, what to expect on test day, getting ready for the test, score reporting, and policies and guidelines.

Sample Questions for the TOEFL Junior Tests

These sample questions are meant to help you and your students understand the kinds of questions that will be on both testing modes of the TOEFL Junior® test.

Test Content

Two Testing Modes to Meet the Needs of Programs Around the World

The TOEFL Junior® tests are available in two testing modes: the paper-delivered TOEFL Junior Standard test and the computer-delivered TOEFL JuniorComprehensive test. Each mode measures a different set of English-language skills. Both tests provide reliable administration and scoring, and scores from both testing modes are mapped to CEFR levels. Plus, TOEFL Junior scores are matched to MetaMetrics® Lexile® measures so you can help students choose books at the right reading level to improve their English reading proficiency.

Take a look at the test design to see how you might use them in your program.

TOEFL Junior Standard Test Design

Conveniently offered in paper-delivered format, the TOEFL Junior Standard test is easy and convenient to administer. It is a good choice for institutions and programs looking for flexibility and quick scoring turnaround. It assesses the following skills:

Sections Number of Items Scale Scores Testing Time
Listening Comprehension 42 200–300 40 min
Language Form and Meaning 42 200–300 25 min
Reading Comprehension 42 200–300 50 min
Total 126 600–900 1 hr 55 min

TOEFL Junior Comprehensive Test Design

For a complete look at a student’s English-language ability, the TOEFL JuniorComprehensive test, administered via computer, measures all four skills needed to communicate successfully in English.

Sections Number of Items Scale Scores Testing Time
Reading Comprehension 36 140–160 41 min
Listening Comprehension 36 140–160 36 min
Speaking 4 0–16 18 min
Writing 4 0–16 39 min
Total 80 2 hrs 14 min

Start using the TOEFL Junior tests in your program.