TOEFL Primary® Tests

What is TOEFL Primary® Test

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.

TOEFL Primary® tests are designed for students ages 8+ and provides a snapshot of each student’s ability in reading and listening; You can use the TOEFL Primary® tests to monitor student progress, identify students' needs and support teaching and learning by giving information about students’ abilities in relation to a widely accepted international standard (CEFR);

The TOEFL Primary®  tests are designed to:

  • Assess the academic and social English-language proficiency of young students ages 8+;

  • Provide a snapshot of each student's ability in listening, reading and speaking;

  1. The TOEFL Primary® Reading and Listening Test — Step 1 is designed for young students at the beginning stages of learning English.

  2. The TOEFL Primary® Reading and Listening Test — Step 2 is designed for young students who have acquired some communicative English skills.

  3. The TOEFL Primary® Speaking Test is suitable for young students at various levels of English‐language speaking proficiency.

  • Support teaching and learning by giving information about students' abilities in relation to a widely accepted international standard;

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 test day. 

As a Teacher, you can use TOEFL Primary®  tests to:

  • Guide your teaching goals;

  • Monitor student progress;

  • Identify students’ strengths and weaknesses;

  • Determine instructional plans Inform placement decisions, if appropriate;

  • Focus your work with both individual students and groups;

  • Shape your communication with parents about student learning;

How long is the TOEFL Primary®  test?

It takes 1 hour 55 minutes to complete and scores are scaled from 600 to 900 points. More detailed information on test content and sample questions can be found in the TOEFL Junior® Standard Test Examinee Handbook.

Why use the TOEFL Primary® tests?

• Detailed score reports with fast score turnaround

Descriptors with meaningful information for each section, including recommendations on next steps that students can take to improve their English-language abilities

Students’ abilities in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a widely accepted international standard

 • Lexile® Reading Measures, making it easier to find books and articles that best match students’ English reading abilities

How is TOEFL Primary® scored?

The scale score range across Step 1 and Step 2 together is 100–115. Scale scores can help show student progress within a level. On Step 1, students can earn a scale score of 101–109. Step 1 does not assess content in the scale range of 110–115.

TOEFL Primary® Test Preparation

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