TOEFL Tuesday: Partial grading for 2-point questions

Have you ever wondered how points are awarded for TOEFL questions that have more than one correct answer? If you have, you’ve come to the right place! In this TOEFL Tuesday video, I explain how partial credit works for 2 point TOEFL questions. There are also TOEFL questions that are worth 3 points, and even some that are worth 4! We’ll talk about those as well in the video. However, know that the 2 point questions are the ones the show up most often on the test.  

The Final Reading Question

The last question on each reading passage is always worth more than one point. You’ll see either 3 or 4 reading passages on the TOEFL, so you’ll get 3 or 4 reading questions that are worth more than just one point. The final reading question is usually worth 2 points, but could also be worth 3 points or 4.

Know that you might also get a Listening question that is worth more than one point. These questions are graded the same way the reading questions are (which we’ll explain below).

A Note About Points

When we’re talking about questions that are worth two points, we’re not talking about points on the 0 – 30 scale. This is the scaled score that you get for each section of the TOEFL. This score is calculated using what’s called a “raw score,” which is comes from the actual number of points you get on each question. So if you get 2 points for one question, those 2 points count directly towards your raw score (not your scaled score). If you’d like to learn more about how the raw score and the scaled score work, you can read about that in this blog post

How Partial Grading Works

When a question is worth more than one point, your score for that question decreases from the maximum by one point for each right answer that you miss. Questions that are worth two points will have three correct answers. So if you choose all three correct answers, you’ll get two points. If you choose two correct answers, you’ll get one point. And if you choose one correct answer (or none), you won’t get any points for that question.

Let’s talk about another example: imagine that you get a question that’s worth 4 points. These questions have 7 correct answers! If you choose all 7 correct answers, you’ll get 4 points. If you choose 6 correct answers you’ll get 3 points, and if you chose 5 correct answers you’ll get 2 points. If you only choose 4 correct answers you’ll get 1 point. Finally, if you choose less than 4 correct answers, you won’t get any points for that question.


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  • Lucas Fink

    Lucas is the teacher behind Magoosh TOEFL. He’s been teaching TOEFL preparation and more general English since 2009, and the SAT since 2008. Between his time at Bard College and teaching abroad, he has studied Japanese, Czech, and Korean. None of them come in handy, nowadays.