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How do they score TOEFL, listening part?

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New post 07 Jun 2010, 02:00
I tried yesterday the first two parts of the test from the official guide, reading and listening, without preparation, got 1 wrong answer in each section. Then compared my points with the score and found out, that for reading I would get 30, but for listening I would get from 28 to 30. Actually even if you get all the answers in the listening part right, your score is still 28-30. It just sounds so unfair that in the listening part you can get 28 out of 30 even if you answer correctly all the questions.

Does anyone know more about it?
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New post 29 Aug 2010, 20:56
Hi, Cielo
I did the TOEFL about two weeks ago (13th of august) and I got 27/30 and I'm absolutely sure that I was mistaken more than once. you can read my post (My TOEFL Experience - 109 , from a few days ago) and see that I got really interrupted by the noise and some questions in the listening part were very detail specific, so I totally guessed a few. Unless I were very lucky, it doesn't seem that one wrong answer will reduce 2 points off your mark. Any how , I did the listening part from the ETS sampler and it seemed very easy to me, but take into account the noise in the class and the fact that some of the listening parts use a lot of details and some complex words (not like in the sampler) , so I recommend you study with some complex listening material.

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Hmm that doesn't sound right... I'm more inclined to believe that it's the prep software's scaling system that's a bit off. Don't worry, a 30 in the listening section is perfectly possible
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New post 07 Sep 2010, 18:53
Hola Cielo,

I took the TOEFL some weeks ago and I also guessed at least 2-3 questions in the listening section and I got a 29/30.

I'm sure if you get all the questions right in the real exam, you will get a 30.

To avoid distractions during the exam, I suggest you to use earplugs all the time, even during the Listening section. Then turn volume up to the limit and then you will only hear the conversations. In my exam I brought my own silicone earplugs and they saved my exam.

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I am preparing for TOEFL ibt through TOEFL Practice Online software. I doubt the calculation of their scores for example i gave the listening section test of 34 questions and I got 9 wrong how much score will i get?
They scored me 17
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It is given the range because you might get the experimental questions.
You can have either long Reading Section or long Listening Section.
If you make a mistake during the listening section, and it is a short one, most likely, you will not get the maximum score.
If you make a mistake during the listening section, and it is a long one, and a question that is experimental and doesn't count, then you are likely to get the maximum score.
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Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. You must answer at least one question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least one essay, and complete at least one Speaking task to receive an official score. For the TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, you will receive four scaled section scores and a total score:

Reading Section[1] (Score of: 0–30)
Listening Section[2] (Score of: 0–30)
Speaking Section (Score of: 0–30)
Writing Section (Score of: 0–30)
Total Score (0–120)
In addition to your scores, your test taker score report also includes performance feedback that is a reflection of your performance level and a description of the kinds of tasks that test takers within the reported score range can typically do.

There is no passing or failing TOEFL®score; individual higher education institutions and agencies set their own score requirements. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test within 12 days of your existing appointment.

TOEFL® Score Scales


Although the score range for each of the four test sections (Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing) is from 0 to 30, each section is a separate measure and each measure has its own scale. Therefore, scores obtained on a section can be compared to other scores from the same section, but it is not appropriate to compare scores across different sections.

The Reading and Listening sections are scored by computer with a score range from 0 to 30. The Reading section has 36–56 tasks based on reading passages from academic texts and answering questions. The Listening section has 34–51 tasks based on listening to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answering questions.

Linking TOEFL iBT Score Ranges to IELTS Scores
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