Last Updated: June 09, 2021

TOEIC Scoring

TOEIC examination is conducted by ETS as a standardized method of measuring the level of language proficiency candidates have in English as is required in a workplace. When exams like TOEFL and IELTS are mostly conducted for academic space and are based on academic content, the setting and atmospheres used in the TOEIC examination are strictly about a professional environment and are used not for gaining admission into colleges but for finding jobs and being eligible for promotions.

Being a language proficiency test, TOEIC does not have a pass or fail grade and is scored using score bands each of which indicates a certain level of knowledge the candidate will have in the language. The number of score bands present and what they imply changes from section to section and the final score report will include individual scores and combines scores. Candidates will be able to take the tests for Listening and Reading, and Speaking and Writing separately out of which the Speaking and Writing sections can be taken individually as well according to the requirement of the candidate.

Scoring in TOEIC Listening and Reading Test

The TOEIC Listening and Reading Test contains only multiple-choice questions and hence has certain objectivity to the scoring process involved. Candidates will be able to request additional score reports by contacting their nearest EPN office. The listening and the Reading sections of the test each contains a different set of score bands with the former containing only 3 score bands and the latter containing 4.

The score levels that candidates can achieve and the proficiency level it indicates is as follows-

TOEIC Listening Scoring

There are 3 score bands in the listening section which are 400, 300, and 200 where 400 is the expert level and 200 implies that the candidate is not well-versed in the language. The implications of the score bands are as follows-

TOEIC Reading Scoring

The score bands in the reading section ranges from 450 to 150 where the bands are 450, 350, 250, and 150. The implications of each of these score bands are as follows-

Scoring in TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test

The scoring in the TOEIC Speaking and Writing test are reported separately for each section and cannot be compared to each other. There will be no combined score in the section and the score will be reported on a scale of 0-200. There are 8 proficiency levels for the Speaking section whereas there are 9 proficiency levels for the Writing section. The score distribution for each of these sections are as follows-

TOEIC Speaking Score

There are 6 tasks in the speaking section of the test and the responses are recorded during the test day and sent to ETS where they will be evaluated accordingly.
Proficiency LevelScaled ScoreDescription
8190-200Connected, sustained discourse-highly intelligible and appropriate for workspace
7160-180Sustained, connected discourse with minor difficulties in pronunciation
6130-150Relevant response with grammatical error and limited vocabulary
5110-120Inaccurate language with repetition. Limited vocabulary
480-100Unsuccessful in communicating. Long Pauses. Hesitates
360-70Difficulty in stating opinion. Provides basic information
240-50 Cannot state an opinion. Does not respond to requests
10-30Unanswered questions

TOEIC Writing Score

The writing score is calculated between a scale of 0-200 which each score band representing a certain proficiency level the candidate has in the language. The descriptions for the score bands are as follows- s
Proficiency LevelScaled ScoreDescription
9200Can communicate straightforward information. Use examples
8170-190Has occasional repetition of ideas. Minor grammatical errors
7140-160Has relevant ideas but unclear connections between points
6110-130Partially successful. Grammatical inaccuracies. Omits information
590-100Partially successful. Omits information. Serious grammatical errors
470-80Can develop information but not enough examples. Grammatical errors
350-60Limited ability to express opinion. Disorganized. Underdeveloped ideas
240Disorganized. No detail. Frequent grammatical errors
10-30Unanswered questions

Scoring in TOEIC Bridge Test

In the assessment during the TOEIC Bridge Test, ETS checks the Listening and Reading skills of the candidates using the multiple-choice questions. The score range for each of the sections is between 15 and 50 with a total test score ranging between 30 and 100 in all.

TOEIC Certificate of Achievement

TOEIC provides candidates with a Certificate of Achievement that will include information present in the score report. But this Certificate of Achievement cannot be used instead of the score report. They are provided in a format where they can be framed by the candidate to showcase their achievement. Candidates are supposed to provide only their score report as proof for the official score or for other score verification purposes.

TOEIC Score Validity

The validity of the TOEIC Score Report is for a total of only 2 years. Within this duration, candidates will be able to avail of their score report as many times as possible by requesting the same from the authorities. Once the validity has expired, the candidate will be able to retake the examination as many times as possible given that they take the test only once in 28 days and that they pay the required fee for each attempt.

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