SOURCE: Educational Testing Service (ETS)

May 26, 2011 11:01 ET

ETS Issues Official TOEFL iBT® Score Comparison to Assist Admissions Officers in Making Well-Informed Decisions

Tool Developed to Offer an Accurate Score Comparison Based on Research

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - 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).

"Reviewing and 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 speakers."

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, that outlines the research design, including the data collection, data analysis, and study results in which the score comparison was created.

More information regarding the TOEFL test is available at the TOEFL® Go Anywhere website at

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