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mano
Posts: 4
Apr 02 2015, 10:47
I am so confused. In my last Toefl test I took good in the question 1 and I took fair in the question 2. My score ended up being 23. But, my friend took the same grade in these two questions, and his score ended up being 27. Why such a big range in final score when the sub-scores were the same?



Jon
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Posts: 13
Apr 02 2015, 11:07
This is an interesting question, Mano. Here's what TOEFL says on its own webpage, which allows us to do some math ourselves:
When we look at the information on this page
(http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/understand)
we learn that a GOOD ranges from a 24 to a 30.
On this page
(http://www.etweb.fju.edu.tw/elite/ETS%20-%20ibt%20TOEFL%20Converting_Rubric.pdf),
we can wee that this means all of the following can be a score of GOOD:
3.75
4.0
4.25
4.5
4.75
5.0

So if your friend's GOOD was at the top of this scale but your GOOD was at the lower end of this scale, you will both get GOODs, but those GOODs will turn out to be very different scaled scores. It's crazy-making trying to base your study on the TOEFL grading rubric. So instead, just focus on improving your academic English. Then the score will take care of itself! ^_^
Last edit: Jon Apr 02 2015, 11:09