What is the score level of TOEFL ITP 500 points?


TOEFL ITP mainly conducted at schools and workplaces. It is also used for evaluation of grades, short-term study abroad, and selection of overseas training.

The average score of TOEFL ITP is 467 points. If you can improve your score a little more, you can aim for 500 points, but you are wondering what level you need.

In this article, in addition to the English level required to get 500 points in TOEFL ITP, we will introduce tips for efficient solving, recommended study methods, reference books, etc.

Reference:Test and Score Data Summary for the TOEFL ITP Test

What is TOEFL ITP? What is the difference from iBT?

TOEFL ITP is one of the test programs TOEFL conducted all over the world. While TOEFL iBT is an official test that can be taken by individuals, TOEFL ITP is conducted by applications from organizations such as high schools, universities, and companies.

Both TOEFL ITP and TOEFL iBT are tests that measure English proficiency, but there are differences in the scenes in which they are used. ITP is used for classification of educational institutions, grade evaluation, selection of overseas training conducted within the company, etc., but unlike TOEFL iBT, it is rarely possible to submit it as proof of English proficiency to overseas study destinations and overseas companies.

The two tests are also different in content.

TOEFL ITP (about 2 hours)
・ Reading
・ Listening
・ Grammar

TOEFL iBT (about 3 hours)
・ Reading
・ Listening
・ Writing
・ Speaking

In addition, TOEFL ITP has Level 1 and Level 2. Level 2 is less difficult than Level 1 and has a light content with a small number of questions.

This article mainly introduces Level 1 measures.

What is the level of TOEFL ITP 500 points? Introducing comparison with Eiken and TOEIC

The TOEIC ITP 500 score is a level that does not reach the level of a business scene or an English-speaking university, but allows you to write meaningful sentences about familiar topics and explain your own experiences and thoughts.

For those who have taken the Eiken or TOEIC test, I would like to confirm the level of the TOEFL ITP 500 points in other tests.

The approximate comparison with other tests is as follows.

Comparison with Eiken
337~459(A2) Quasi-level 2
460~542(B1) level 2
543~627(B2) Quasi-level 1
627~677(C1) Level 1

Next, let's compare it with "TOEIC L & R", which specializes in listening and reading.

Comparison with TOEIC L & R
337~459(A2) 225~549
460~542(B1) 550~784
543~627(B2) 785~944
627~677(C1) 945~990

How many points should I get in each part to get 500 points in TOEFL ITP?

In order to get 500 points in TOEFL ITP, it is also important to set a target score for each part.

As I mentioned earlier, TOEFL ITP (Level 1) has three questions: reading, listening, and grammar. The score is 31-68 for reading and grammar, and 31-67 for listening.

The scoring standard for each question is not uniform, and a unique scoring system is adopted in which the score changes according to the difficulty level and the number of correct answers. By the way, the conversion table used to convert the number of correct answers to the score has not been published.

The score converted for each part is totaled, multiplied by 10 and divided by 3, and rounded off, and the total score of TOEFL ITP is notified. If the number of correct answers in the part is 0, the total score cannot be calculated and will not be recorded in the score report.

Back calculation from this calculation method, if you want to aim for a total score of 500 points, you need to get 50 points or more in each part. However, you may adjust the target score to some extent according to your strengths and weaknesses.

What are the tips for getting 500 points with TOEFL ITP?

In order to get 500 points in TOEFL ITP, there are some tips to keep in mind. Let's take a closer look at each point.

Improve your grammar and vocabulary and aim for a high score in the grammar part

The first trick to get 500 points in TOEFL ITP is to strengthen the measures for the grammar part. Generally, it is said that the grammar part is the easiest to develop in TOEFL ITP.

In TOEFL ITP, which tests the ability to read academic sentences such as those used in universities, the structure of question sentences is often complicated. However, the knowledge of grammar that is asked includes many basic contents learned se junior high school and high school. The feature is that if you focus on studying again, you can easily aim to improve your score.

In addition, TOEFL ITP requires strengthening vocabulary. Since technical terms and academic terms that are supposed to be in university classes are given, it is necessary to study in addition to the daily conversation level.

Thorough time management

Thorough time management, in which the time allocation for each problem is decided in advance, is also a key to improving the score in TOEFL ITP.

The bottleneck of TOEFL is that the answer time is tight with respect to the number of questions. With no plan, you may run out of time and you may not be able to solve it to the end.

For example, the number of questions in the reading part is 50, and the given time is about 55 minutes, so each question must be solved in just over 1 minute. The grammar questions are even tighter, with 25 minutes to answer 40 questions. It is necessary to answer at a good tempo in about 30 to 40 seconds per question.

During the preparation period, rehearse for the actual test several times to get an approximate time allocation.

Get used to the problem format and the overall flow

One of the tricks is to get used to the problem format peculiar to TOEFL ITP and the overall flow.

As with the time management training I mentioned earlier, it is important not only to increase your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, but also to be aware of the actual exam. If you take the test without any prior knowledge of how to ask questions, you will have to spend extra time understanding the meaning of the question and how to answer it.

Like other English test programs, TOEFL ITP has a certain set of question patterns. Practice with the dedicated questions and sample questions on the TOEFL official website so that you can tell which case you have at a glance.

Each question format will be explained in more detail below.

Listening: 3 parts

The listening section consists of three parts, Part A to Part C. Listen to English and answer questions about the content.

Part A has 30 short conversations. One question is asked for each conversation, and the answer time is about 15 minutes.

Part B has 3-4 long conversations. There are 2 questions each, and the answer time is about 7 minutes.

Part C has 3 to 5 academic topics such as university lectures, and 3 questions each. The answer time is about 13 minutes.

Now let's take a look at the sample problem in Part A.


(Narrator) Question 1.

(Man) Should I lock up the computer lab now before I go home?

(Woman) Don’t bother. I’m not leaving for a while—I can check it on my way out.

(Narrator) What will the woman probably do?

The answer to question 1 is:
A. Lock the computer lab later
B. Leave with the man
C. Buy a new lock for the computer lab
D. Show the man where the lab is

Reference:Listening Comprehension Sample Questions|TOEFL ITP

Grammar: 2-part structure

The official name of the two-part grammar section is Structure and Written Expression.

In Structure, 15 questions are asked from sentence patterns, conjunctions, part of speech, etc. In addition, Written Expression asks for knowledge about number matching, conjugations, tenses, and so on.

Let's take a look at an example of the Structure part.


Geysers have sometimes been compared to volcanoes __ they both emit hot liquids from below Earth’s surface.

C.in regard to
D.as a result of

Reference:Structure and Written Expression Sample Questions|TOEFL ITP

Reading: 1 part composition

Next is the reading part. Read 5 sentences consisting of 250 to 350 words and answer about 10 questions per sentence.


The railroad was not the first institution to impose regularity on society, or to draw attention to the importance of precise timekeeping. For as long as merchants have set out their wares at daybreak and communal festivities have been celebrated, people have been in rough agreement with their neighbors as to the time of day. The value of this tradition is today more apparent than ever. Were it not for public acceptance of a single yardstick of time, social life would be unbearably chaotic: the massive daily transfers of goods, services, and information would proceed in fits and starts; the very fabric of modern society would begin to unravel.

1.What is the main idea of the passage?

A. In modern society we must make more time for our neighbors.
B. The traditions of society are timeless.
C. An accepted way of measuring time is essential for the smooth functioning of society.
D. Society judges people by the times at which they conduct certain activities.

Reference:Reading Comprehension Sample Questions|TOEFL ITP

Explain the specific study method to get TOEFL ITP 500 points!

In order to get 500 points in TOEFL ITP, it is important to take measures based on the tendency of questions. From here, I will explain the specific study method.

Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and usage in the TOEFL vocabulary

Academic words tend to appear frequently in TOEFL, so increase your vocabulary with TOEFL materials. Ideally, a vocabulary with the "TOEFL ITP compliant" annotation.

TOEFL has the purpose of measuring English proficiency that can be used in places where advanced education and research are conducted, such as universities. Therefore, you cannot aim for a high score with knowledge at the level of daily conversation. Vocabulary is important not only for grammar problems but also for listening and reading measures. Learn not only the meaning of the word, but also the pronunciation and actual usage.

Keep high school level grammar perfect

It is also important to reconfirm the grammar up to high school level so that it can be used perfectly.

As I mentioned earlier, the TOEFL ITP score is most likely to increase in the grammar part. This is a place I definitely want to keep in mind. If you master only the range you learn in high school, you can expect a considerable score increase.

If you don't understand the grammar yet or are worried about grammar problems, please review it with a reference book that suits your level.

Listen to the TOEFL listening CD many times

Listening to the TOEFL listening CD many times is one of the recommended study methods.

As mentioned earlier, TOEFL ITP listening has three patterns of questions, from short English conversations to academic lectures. It tends to be peculiar to situations and topics, so it is a good idea to practice using special teaching materials.

Don't miss phrases or words that you couldn't hear, listen repeatedly until you remember them, and input their meaning and sound. It will also strengthen your vocabulary, which I mentioned earlier.

You will be able to read long sentences accurately and quickly with careful reading and extensive reading.

It is also important to train long reading comprehension by "reading carefully" to grasp the meaning firmly in every detail and "extensive reading" to read the amount anyway.

For long sentences, it is important to read them accurately and quickly. Let's first acquire the ability to read long sentences accurately by reading carefully, and then train the ability to handle the amount of sentences by extensive reading.

The reading part is the part of the TOEFL ITP that is said to be the most difficult to score. You need to take the time to study step by step, so get ready early.

Solve more and more mock exams

Once you have gained a lot of strength by studying so far, let's try more and more mock exams by using commercially available question books.

By repeating the rehearsal of the actual test, we will identify weak points and areas where study is insufficient, and aim to further improve the score.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, time management training is also conducted here. Get accustomed to the TOEFL ITP's unique questioning tendency and answer rhythm, and be ready to calm down and demonstrate your abilities even in the actual performance.

5 Recommended Reference Books to Score 500 TOEFL ITP Points

Finally, I would like to introduce a recommended reference book for TOEFL ITP measures.

An indispensable book for TOEFL ITP measures!

First of all, I would like to introduce "TOEFL ITP (R) Test Official Test Questions & Learning Guide". This is a collection of official questions approved by the TOEFL operator.

In addition to the point explanation of each section with sample questions, the answer sheet and the instruction voice played in the actual test are the same as those of TOEFL ITP. You can train according to the actual battle by the mock test just like the actual one.

Recommended level Beginner to Intermediate
author Toshiyuki Kanamaru, ETS
publishing house Kenkyusha
Price (tax included) 3,080 yen

If you want to conquer grammar problems, this is it!

Next, I would like to introduce "TOEFL ITP TEST Grammar Problem Countermeasures", which is recommended for those who want to strengthen their grammar problem countermeasures. The TOEFL ITP, where academic words frequently appear, explains exactly how to read sentences that contain words that you do not understand.

In addition, we propose 27 Powerful Codes as the key to reading English sentences. This is a book that teaches you the know-how of reading comprehension that can be used in practice.

Recommended level intermediate
author Lin Gong
publishing house Language Institute
Price (tax included) 2,200 yen

Develop your vocabulary with 10 words a day!

For those who want to improve their vocabulary, "Kikutan TOEFL (R) Test Frequent Edition" is recommended. Frequently-used words are carefully selected from the past questions of the TOEFL (R) test, and 800 important words consisting of "basic vocabulary", "natural science", and "social / humanities" are summarized.

It comes with a CD that you can remember from your ears, so it's also good for listening. It's an 80-day program with 10 words a day, so it's easy to set learning goals.

Recommended level intermediate
Supervision and commentary Makiko Tanaka
publishing house ALC
Price (tax included) 1,980 yen

Let's train listening with this one book!

"TOEFL ITP Test Listening Question Strategy" is a collection of questions specializing in TOEFL ITP listening measures. In addition to the exercises with capture points and three mock exams, the particularly important vocabulary "colloquialism, fixed form, and campus expression" is also explained.

In addition, this book is a book compatible with the app "English Friend" provided by Obunsha. If you install the app, you can easily get used to your ears on your smartphone anytime, anywhere.

Recommended level Intermediate to Advanced
author —–
publishing house Obunsha
Price (tax included) 2,530 yen

Complete reading measures with 6 mock exams!

Lastly, I would like to introduce "TOEFL ITP (R) Test Reading Speed Master". This book is recommended for those who want to improve the score of the reading section.

10 question patterns in the reading test, speed reading techniques, important word lists, and other points that you want to keep in your long reading comprehension. There are plenty of reading mock exams for 6 times, so you can rehearse to finish your learning.

Recommended level Intermediate to Advanced
author Kabuki
publishing house J Research Publishing
Price (tax included) 1,650 yen


In this article, I explained the features of the TOEFL ITP test, the question format, recommended study methods and reference books.

In TOEFL ITP, in addition to basic grammar and vocabulary, it is necessary to hold down unique academic words and expressions. Please proceed with the preparation efficiently based on the contents introduced this time.