IELTS Descriptors and           TOEFL Equivalencies


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IELTS: International English Language Testing System

TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL - IBT: Internet-based test [The iBT format is the only form of the TOEFL test that contains a speaking component.]

TOEFL - PBT: Paper-based test

TOEFL- CBT: Computer-based test

    IELTS Descriptors:
9 Expert User Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User Has full operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good User Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in using complex language.
3 Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations.
2 Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs.
1 Non User Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
 

Source:  http://www.ieltscourse.com/scoringsystem.php  3 July 2012

TOEFL equivalencies Students entering Fredonia typically have scored a 5.0 or better on the IELTS exam.

Comparisons between various test scores and level systems

TOEIC TOEFL Paper TOEFL CBT TOEFL IBT IELTS Cambridge Exam  CEFR VEC Online Score Approximate VEC Level
0 - 250 0 - 310 0 - 30 0 - 8 0 - 1.0     0 - 34 2
310 - 343 33 - 60 9 - 18 1.0 - 1.5 A1 35 - 38 3
255 - 400 347 - 393 63 - 90 19 - 29 2.0 - 2.5 A1 39 - 45 4 - 5
397 - 433 93 - 120 30 - 40 3.0 - 3.5 KET (IELTS 3.0) A2 46 - 53 6 - 7
PET (IELTS 3.5) B1 (IELTS 3.5)
405 - 600 437 - 473 123 - 150 41 - 52 4 PET B1 54 - 57 8
477 - 510 153 - 180 53 - 64 4.5 - 5.0 PET (IELTS 4.5) B1 (IELTS 4.5) 58 - 65 9 - 10
FCE (IELTS 5.0) B2 (IELTS 5.0)
605 - 780 513 - 547 183 - 210 65 - 78 5.5 - 6.0 FCE B2 66 - 73 11 - 12
550 - 587 213 - 240 79 - 95 6.5 - 7.0 CAE C1 74 - 81 13 - 14
785 - 990 590 - 677 243 - 300 96 - 120 7.5 - 9.0 CPE C2 82 - 100 15
Top Score Top Score Top Score Top Score Top Score Top Score Top Level Top Score Top Level
990 677 300 120 9 100 C2 100 15

Source:  http://secure.vec.bc.ca/toefl-equivalency-table.cfm  3 July 2012
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