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What is the TOEFL Junior?

You may know about TOEFL. TOEFL stands for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. People who are not native speakers of English use TOEFL scores to enter an English speaking university. Sometimes, they use TOEFL for a job. Well, younger people such as teenagers may need to prove their English skills, too. TOEFL is meant for adults so that’s why the company that makes TOEFL has started to make a version for younger people. That’s TOEFL Junior. TOEFL Junior is made for students who are 11 years old and up. Just like the adult version of TOEFL, TOEFL Junior will test a student on how well he or she can use and understand English.

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TOEFL Junior

Total duration: 2h

Assesses oral and written comprehension

126 multiple choice questions

Scored out of 900 points

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TOEFL Junior: don't forget!

TOEFL is a world famous English exam. Pretty much every university and school around the world knows about it and accepts TOEFL scores. The TOEFL Junior has been made by the same company ETS (Educational Testing Service) that makes TOEFL, so TOEFL Junior is made with the same high standards and is accepted around the world.

Another good thing about the TOEFL Junior is that the scores link to the CEFR levels. CEFR stands for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It’s a really detailed and very well-known set of descriptions with levels for a number of languages. Maybe, you have studied from an English book that has letters and numbers like these: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2. A1 is a beginner and C2 is somebody who is like a native speaker.

All of the above means that the TOEFL Junior will give you a really clear idea of your English skills and anybody who sees your scores will know what level you are at. That’s great.

First of all, you can take the TOEFL Junior Standard test either as a paper-based test or on a computer. It’s up to you. You probably want to know what the format of the TOEFL Junior is. The TOEFL Junior Standard test has three sections. You can see the sections, number of questions, scoring range and the amount of time for each section in the table below.


Number of Questions

Score Range

Testing Time

Listening Comprehension



40 minutes

Language Form and Meaning



25 minutes

Reading Comprehension



50 minutes


126 questions

600-900 points

1 hour and 55 minutes

If you want to know about your speaking ability, then you need to take the TOEFL Junior Speaking test as well. The format of the TOEFL Junior Speaking test is like this

Number of items

Score range




18 minutes

The TOEFL Junior Speaking test is computer-based only. You would see or hear questions and speak into a microphone to answer them. Then someone will listen to your answers and give you a score, but you won’t meet or know who the person is.

The only thing here that can cause students problems is getting used to using the microphone. Make sure your microphone is near your mouth and speak normally. Don’t become super shy and whisper your answers. If they can’t hear what you say, then you don’t get any points. On the other hand, you don’t need to shout either.

There are five levels for the scoring that range from 600-900 points. 600 points would be the lowest score and 900 points would be the highest. The TOEFL Junior tests people in the CEFR ranges of A1 (beginner) - B2 (upper intermediate). There are two other levels for the CEFR (C1and C2), but these levels aren’t covered by the TOEFL Junior.

The table below shows the TOEFL Junior Standard overall score levels, number of points, and the CEFR description.

Score Level

Number of points

CEFR Description



Shows comprehension of complex written and spoken materials. Uses knowledge of complex language structures and vocabulary.

B2 for all sections



Shows comprehension of some complex written and spoken materials and most basic materials. Uses knowledge of basic language structures and vocabulary.

Mostly B1 for all sections.



Shows comprehension of some complex written and spoken materials and most basic materials. Uses knowledge of basic language structures and vocabulary.

Mostly B1 for all sections, but occasionally A2



Occasionally shows comprehension of basic written and spoken materials. Uses knowledge of basic language structures and vocabulary

Mostly A2 for all sections, but occasionally A1 for Reading and Listening. 



Understands some very basic written and spoken texts. 

Mostly A1 for Listening and Reading; mostly A2 for Language, Form and Meaning

One thing to remember is that if you don’t do well on the TOEFL Junior, you can take it again. ETS will be happy to accept another fee. 

Your score depends on your preparation, but it is also connected to your test performance. Sometimes, people panic, or they feel ill, so they don’t perform well on the exam. Doing an exam in another language can be pretty stressful, too. Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get the score you want the first try. It’s common for adults to take language exams more than one time.

The TOEFL Junior tests are used in more than 65 nations around the world. You need to contact an ETS representative to get the details about arranging an exam. 

If you live outside of the United States, you should go to the ETS Preferred Network Directory and check out test centers available around you. 

If you can’t find a representative in your area or country, then you should email ETS.

Don’t rely on information from unofficial sources for registration and fees. You should always check with official ETS sources for such things.

You can go to the official ETS website and try some of their materials for the TOEFL Junior.

The big advantage here is that the materials and questions are official TOEFL Junior questions, so you get experience with the actual test.

Since the TOEFL Junior is a newish language exam, there aren’t a lot of books to choose from. There is the Perfect TOEFL Junior Practice Test Book series, but there aren’t any reliable reviews on it yet. Also, the language exam websites don’t really have a lot of useful practice material. However, you can go to your local library or school library and chat to the librarian. Ask the librarian for a book of grammar, and a book of reading exercises. It will give you some good practice. Show the librarian some of the example questions from the ETS website since it will help him or her make a good selection for you.

So, you probably understand that you will need to get ready for the TOEFL Junior. Even if your English is pretty darned good, you will need to practice. 

We have some tips and strategies for you. Below, you can read about seven ways to improve your studying, which normally leads to a better exam day performance. The tips and strategies aren’t magical, but if you follow them, you will get a better score.

  1. Tips #1 Plan your time

    Basically, you should plan your study time. Figure out how many weeks you have before your exam date and plan regular study sessions. Regular study sessions that follow a plan will ensure that you study consistently. Consistent studying leads to better scores.

  2. Tips #2 Turn off your phone and social media

    Phones and social media are big distractions. If you are distracted, you don’t really pay attention to what you are studying. Multi-tasking is a bit of a myth. Our brains only have so much attention to give and the more things around you, the more your attention is divided. So, turn off your phone and social media during your study sessions. It’ll pay off.

  3. Tips #3 Get organized

    This one works with number one. You need to decide what you will study during each of your study sessions. You should study for all of the sections and divide up your time.

  4. Tips #4 Good materials

    As we mentioned in the previous section above, some materials are really helpful and some may not be. Use good materials that are up-to-date and at your level. For example, if your grammar isn’t strong, don’t borrow an advanced level grammar book from your local library and figure it will help. Use things that you can understand, and then you will improve.

  5. Tips #5 Study buddy or tutor

    An older friend, sibling or parent can help you to prepare and keep you motivated. Having a study buddy can be very useful if you plan on taking the speaking test. You need someone to ask you the questions and listen to your answers. If you have the money, then a tutor can help a lot. A tutor can give you good feedback.

  6. Tips #6 Become a good test-taker

    Doing well on a test isn’t just about knowledge or raw brain power. You need to learn how to do a test. Most people start with question number 1 and work their way to the end. Usually, you have some flexibility during an exam, so you can do the questions that you know you are good at first and then go back to the questions that are hard for you. If time is running out, don’t be afraid to guess. No points are deducted if an answer is wrong, so you can quickly guess if time is short.

  7. Tips #7 Learn to relax

    The TOEFL Junior is nearly two hours long and the speaking test is close to twenty minutes. That can feel like a very long time. Also, you will probably prepare for many weeks. It’s not surprising that a lot of students get stressed out. Learn to relax. Listen to soothing music, breathe slowly for a couple of minutes or do some kind of exercise to clear your mind. It will make you feel better and help you to study better.

The TOEFL Junior is pretty new. Not that many schools or websites know how to deal with it. Don’t worry because we do. GlobalExam specializes in language exam preparation. We keep up-to-date and know what we are doing. And another thing is we are fully, 100% online. You can plan your studying with us for any time of day or any day that works for you.

We can help you organize and have plenty of practice materials and free test samples for you. You can study with us on a phone, a laptop or desktop. It’s up to you. You can get started on your preparation at any time.