(May 26, 2011)- ETS Issues Official TOEFL iBT® Score Comparison to Assist Admissions Officers in Making Well-Informed Decisions
Princeton, N.J (May 26, 2011)
Educational Testing Service (ETS) has released an official score comparison for the TOEFL iBT® test and IELTS® academic test. The mapping tool provides the higher education community with an ETS-authorized comparison tool for each of the four skill sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), as well as for the total scores for both English language assessments. The tool was created in response to the field’s request for an accurate comparison that is grounded in research.
The newly released
ETS-authorized score comparison is based on a sampling of 1,153 students who
took both the TOEFL iBT test and IELTS test. The equipercentile linking method
was used to align the scores from the two assessments. This method is based on
best practices required by the Guidelines for Practice by the International
Language Testing Association (ILTA, 2007), the Standards for Educational and
Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, NCME, 1999), and
ETS Standards for Quality and Fairness
(ETS, 2002, pg. 45).
comparing test results from two very different English language assessments that
vary in design, content, and scoring can be a complex task," commented Teresa
Sanchez-Lazer, Executive Director of the TOEFL® Program. "Based on feedback from
the field, ETS felt a user-friendly, research-based comparison that can be used
with confidence was warranted. We hope the new tool will be useful to admissions
officials around the world in reviewing the English skills of non-native
The TOEFL test
measures a student’s ability to use and understand English at the university
level and evaluates how a student combines listening, reading, speaking and
writing skills needed to succeed in an academic setting. The TOEFL test is
recognized by the most prestigious universities around the world.
ETS has also
published Linking TOEFL iBT® Scores to
IELTS® Scores – A Research Report (PDF), that outlines the research
design, including the data collection, data analysis, and study results in which
the score comparison was created.