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The TOEIC® tests measure proficiency in English relevant to the global workplace whereas the TOEFL® tests measure the academic communication skills in English. Both tests aim to measure the level of English proficiency for non-native English speakers.

For more information on the TOEIC® tests, click here.

For more information on the TOEFL® tests, click here.

ETS regularly carries out correlation studies between its tests and the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to ensure that reliable and precise correlations can be made over time.

The CEFR defines skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in any language. The Framework is broken down into six levels, falling into three main groups:

  • A1 – A2 (Basic User)
  • B1 – B2 (Independent User)
  • C1 – C2 (Proficient User)

All the tests developed by ETS Global are mapped to the CEFR level and thus can be broken down such as follows:

  • Level A1 to B1: TOEIC Bridge® and TOEFL Primary® tests
  • Level A1 to C1: TOEIC® Listening and Reading and TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests
  • Level A2 to B2: TOEFL Junior® Standard test
  • Level A2 to C1: TOEIC TFI and TOEFL ITP® tests
  • Level B1 to C1: TOEFL IBT® test

For more information on the CEFR mapping of each ETS test, click here.

ETS has designed two programmes to support decision-making in different settings:

  • The TOEIC® Institutional Testing Programme: delivers a score report without the test taker’s photo and should be used for internal purposes.
  • The TOEIC® Public Testing Programme: delivers a score report with the test taker’s photo and can be used for internal and external purposes.

Both programmes guarantee fair, valid and reliable test scores correlated onto the CEFR. The test itself (length, difficulty, number of items, score scale…) is the same. The main difference between the two programmes lies in the recommended usages of the score reports and the format of the score reports delivered.

Click here to find essential information on the TOEIC testing programmes.

Yes, TOEIC® Listening and Reading test scores are mapped to the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels A1 to C1.

The TOEIC Listening and Reading test measures intermediate to advanced English listening and reading comprehension skills for the workplace for non-native English speakers. This certification has become a standard to assess the ability to use English in real-life work situations and determine who can communicate effectively on an independent and proficient level in English.

Listening comprehension skills are essential when communicating in face-to-face situations, meetings, videoconferences, podcasts and conversations over the phone in a professional context. While reading comprehension skills are required when treating emails, reports, newsletters or any other type of professional correspondence.

When the TOEIC Listening and Reading test is taken together with the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests, TOEIC test scores provide a broader trait of communicative competence in all four English-language skills that is critical in most workplace settings.

For more information on the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, click here.

ETS tests should not be considered as “pass-or-fail” tests. Our tests ensure test takers to reliably and objectively demonstrate their English skills. Institutions establish their own English proficiency selection criteria by setting a minimum TOEIC or TOEFL score to reach, as not all positions or academic programmes require the same English proficiency level. Our tests are used as a scale to help institutions compare fairly the level of each candidate.

We invite you to contact your institution/company to find out about the required TOEIC/TOEFL score.

Depending on the type of skills you which to assess and your CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), we offer the following assessments:

  • The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test, to measure proficiency in English reading and listening skills, from beginner to advanced level (A1-C1). The test is a paper-based or online, multiple-choice assessment.
  • The TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests, to measure proficiency in English speaking and writing skills, from beginner to advanced level (A1-C1). Speaking and Writing tests are online.
  • The TOEIC Bridge® test, to measure proficiency in English reading and listening skills, from beginner to intermediate level (A1-B1). The test is a paper-based or online, multiple-choice assessment.

We invite you to ask directly the requesting institution (school, university, employer, training organisation) which test they require.

For more information on the TOEIC tests, click here.

Yes, TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests scores are mapped to the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels A1 to C1.

The TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests measure intermediate to advanced English communication skills for the workplace for non-native English speakers.

Speaking skills are today essential in order to provide an efficient presentation and when communicating in face-to-face situations, meetings, videoconferences, podcasts and conversations over the phone in a professional context.

Writing skills are today essential in order to write clear and convincing emails or any other type of professional correspondence.

When the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests are taken together with the TOEIC Listening and Reading tests, TOEIC test scores provide a broader trait of communicative competence in all four English-language skills that are critical in most workplace settings.

For more information on the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests, click here.

The TOEIC Listening and Reading test has become a standard for decision-makers worldwide, who use the TOEIC tests to determine who can communicate effectively on an independent and proficient level in English. It enables test takers to:

  • qualify for a new position and/or promotion in a company
  • enhance their professional credentials
  • monitor their progress in English
  • set their own learning goals
  • involve the employer in advancing its employees' English abilities

Please note that the TOEIC Listening and Reading test is available in Public and Institutional Programmes:

  • Test takers who take the TOEIC Listening and Reading test in Public Programme receive an "Official Score Report" with their photo and score descriptor. The scores have internal and external usages (national and international mobility, assess skills on a resume expatriation purposes...) and are recognised worldwide.
  • Test takers who take the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test in Institutional Programme receive an Institutional Score Report. The scores are recognised within the country by an important number of companies and institutions for internal usage (skills development, training, recruitment decisions, group-level splitting...).

For more information on the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test, click here.

The TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests have become a standard for decision-makers worldwide, who use the TOEIC tests to determine who can communicate effectively on an independent and proficient level in English. It enables test takers to:

  • qualify for a new position and/or promotion in a company
  • enhance their professional credentials
  • monitor their progress in English
  • set their own learning goals
  • involve the employer in advancing its employees' English abilities

For more information on the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests, click here.

Yes, TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests scores are mapped to the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels A1 to B1.

The TOEIC Bridge test measures English listening and reading comprehension skills for the workplace from beginner to intermediate level.

Listening comprehension skills are essential when communicating in face-to-face situations, meetings, videoconferences, podcasts and conversations over the phone in a professional context. While, reading comprehension skills are required when treating emails, reports, newsletters or any other type of professional correspondence.

For more information on the TOEIC Bridge test, click here.

Yes, TFI test scores are mapped to the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels A2 to C1.

The TFI test measures listening and reading French language proficiency for non-native French speakers evolving in business and academic environments.

This test indicates test takers' ability to:

  • participate in face-to-face communications, meetings, videoconferences, podcasts and conversations over the phone in a professional context.
  • treat emails, reports, newsletters or any other type of professional correspondence.

For more information on the TFI tests, click here.

The TOEIC Bridge test measures the listening and reading comprehension skills required at the beginner and independent English level. This test is used by language schools, academic institutions and recruiters to:

  • help individuals enhance their value and succeed in today’s global environment
  • support training, development and promotion decisions
  • to place students at appropriate English-language programme levels
  • highlight English-language instruction areas that need improvement

For more information on the TOEIC Bridge test, click here.

The TFI test is a French-language proficiency test for people whose native language is not French.

It enables test takers to:

  • assess their current level of French language proficiency
  • enhance their French skills to qualify for a new position and/or promotion in a company
  • monitor their progress in French
  • set their own learning goals
  • enhance their French skills toward recruiters

For more information on the TFI test, click here.

The TOEFL ITP® tests allow you to measure and evaluate English language proficiency for non-native English speakers students.

This makes the tests an essential tool for:

  • Placement in intensive English-language programmes
  • Progress monitoring in English-language programmes
  • Exiting English-language programmes
  • Admissions to short-term, non-degree programmes in English-speaking countries
  • Admissions to undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in non-English speaking countries
  • Admissions and placement in collaborative international degree programmes
  • Scholarship programmes, as contributing documentation for academic English proficiency

For more information on the TOEFL ITP test, click here.

Intended for students ages 11+, the TOEFL Junior Standard test is an objective and reliable measure of students’ English-language proficiency. It measures the three following skills: listening comprehension, language form and meaning, and reading comprehension.

For more information on the TOEFL Junior Standard test, click here.

Intended for students ages 11+, the TOEFL Junior tests are an objective and reliable measure of students’ English-language proficiency. For more information on TOEFL Junior tests, click here.

The TOEFL iBT test measures English skills students must use in an English speaking academic environment, including reading, listening, speaking and writing. It is mainly used for Higher Education/University admissions (ages 16+). For more information on the TOEFL IBT test, click here.

The TOEFL Primary tests are the first step on a student's path to reaching his or her full potential. The tests measure students' English communication skills and progress in English classes. TOEFL Primary scores provide meaningful feedback about their abilities to both you and their parents.

For more information on the TOEFL Primary tests, click here.

Yes, TOEFL ITP test scores are mapped to the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels A2 to C1.

The TOEFL ITP tests measure skills in the three following areas:

  • Listening Comprehension skills are essential when communicating in face-to-face situations, meetings, videoconferences, podcasts and conversations over the phone in a professional context
  • Structure and Written Expression measures recognition of selected structural and grammatical points in standard written English
  • Reading Comprehension skills measures the ability to read and understand academic reading material in English

For more information on the TOEFL ITP tests, click here.

Yes, TOEFL Junior tests scores are mapped to the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels A1 to B2.

The TOEFL Junior Standard tests measure skills in the three following areas for students ages 11+: reading comprehension, listening comprehension and language form and meaning.

For more information on the TOEFL Junior® Standard test, click here.

Yes, TOEFL Primary test scores are mapped to the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels A1 to B2.

The TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening tests measure English reading and listening comprehension skills. Two levels of proficiency have been created (Step 1 and Step 2) in order to measure precisely the English skills acquired by students depending on their learning path.

The TOEFL Primary Speaking also measures speaking skills.

For more information on the TOEFL Primary tests, click here.