30
Jun
TOEFL

6 ways the ETS ensures impartial marking for the TOEFL iBT® tests

For about 45 years, all the universities of Australia have been accepting TOEFL iBT® scores for admissions and since 2011, the TOEFL iBT® scores has been included as a part of international student visa applications. Meanwhile, about two years ago, the immigration department started to accept TOEFL iBT® scores for permanent and temporary visa applications in order to fulfill the requirements of the English- language.

The test comprises of four sections which include Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. The Reading and Listening sections assess the ability to understand the English language spoken in universities and different workplaces. The Writing and Speaking skills assess the ability to read and write the English language in an academic context.

Here are 6 ways that ETS uses to ensure even and impartial standards while checking the papers:

  1. The papers are checked at a place with an integrated and unified environment that ensures the best standards of scoring. The papers are scored in a way that ensures the security and the rectitude of the scores.
  2. The papers are marked by both human and computer- aided software which ensures the potency of marking and the ability to understand the context of each section.
  3. All the markers at ETS go through stringent training sessions; they also have to undergo rigid certification and calibration tests.  Moreover, the markers are constantly supervised by the ETS.
  4. ETS enlists markers of diverse culture which allow the markers to observe responses from different countries.
  5. The markers score the papers and comment on them anonymously.
  6. The Writing and Speaking sections are marked by many markers who individually check different parts of your test.