The purpose of this mapping study was to identify the minimum TOEFL ITP Level 1 test scores corresponding to four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

TOEFL ITP Score Descriptor

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TOEFL ITP® Overall Performance Descriptors

The table below presents the TOEFL ITP® scaled cut scores and overall performance descriptors for each Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level:

Note: The cut scores represent the minimum scores needed to enter the CEFR levels. These recommendations are based on the results of mapping studies with expert panels and data analyses of test taker scores.For more information about TOEFL ITP CEFR click here


TOEFL Junior® scores are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) so you can use them for international benchmarking of your students’ English proficiency levels.

The CEFR is a widely-used tool for understanding different stages of language learning. It covers six proficiency levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2, with C2 being the highest level. The performance descriptors for each section of the TOEFL Junior tests are adapted from the CEFR level descriptors to reflect the TOEFL Junior test content and the age range of the test takers. A CEFR profile is given with each overall score level. The CEFR profile is what a student would typically receive for each section-level CEFR score.

Section Score Levels

The table below shows the TOEFL Junior Standard scores for the Listening Comprehension, Language Form and Meaning, and Reading Comprehension sections mapped to their respective CEFR levels. The possible CEFR levels are Below A2 (a score less than the minimum needed to enter A2; e.g., for Reading Comprehension that is under 210), A2, B1 and B2.

The revised recommended TOEFL Junior Standard cut scores for CEFR Levels A2, B1 and B2 are shown below, as of October 2012 (For explanation on TOEFL Junior Standard cut scores revision see CEFR Mapping Studies section below):

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The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a standard used by educators worldwide to measure the language proficiency of non-native speakers. TOEFL® Primary scores are mapped to CEFR levels, so you will know about your students’ abilities in relation to a widely accepted international standard. See the following documents for more information about CEFR Levels:

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