In the TOEFL, there is one special kind of question that is worth extra points – the final reading question on every passage. In the TOEFL you have three reading passages, which means you get three of these questions. So, how do 2-, 3- and 4-pont questions work?

Expect the 2-point question

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Sometimes you see a question that has three correct answers and you need to choose those three from a total of six answers. In that case, the question is worth two points. In the case where the question has five correct answers, out of seven in total, if you choose all the right answers you get three points. And sometimes you have seven correct answers, in which case the question gives you four points. Almost always you will see the 2-point question, because most TOEFLs have these types. However, it is possible that you will get one of the others as well.

Seven correct answers?

So, let’s recap. The scoring in these questions is basically about extracting from the maximum correct answers one point per correct answer. If you have a seven-correct-answer question with nine total answers and if you choose all seven correctly, then you get the maximum four points. If you choose six correctly, you get three points. If you choose five, you get two points, and if you choose four, you get one point. Any fewer than four, you get no points. Respectively, if you have a three-correct-answer question, you will get two points if you choose all three right answers, one point if you choose only two, and you will get zero points if you choose only one or no correct answers.

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This is what the grading system looks like for all the multiple point questions in your TOEFL. Watch the video and good luck on your exam.