IEP Proficiency Scale

By the end of each course, students will be able to:

Reading / VocabularyWriting / GrammarOral CommunicationTOEFL
BeginnerLevelIdentify main ideas and details in short texts.

Use and understand simple vocabulary.

Use skimming and scanning skills.

Improve reading fluency and speed.
Write basic paragraphs on familiar topics using cohesive devices and basic English sentence patterns.Communicate using basic social exchanges on familiar topics.

Understand and find main idea and details in simple dialogue.
Obtain a score of 350 to 400 on the TOEFL PBT.
High BeginnerLevelRead a short literary work.

Identify main ideas and details in short texts.

Connect personal topics to background knowledge.

Predict the content of a text.

Use word parts to understand new vocabulary.

Increase reading fluency and speed.
Write a basic three paragraph essay using a variety of grammatical structures.

Develop writing fluency through journal entries.
Communicate using simple grammatical structures.

Engage in discussions on familiar topics.

Use a variety of skills to understand real world listening passages.

Take basic notes.
Obtain a score of 400 to 450 on the TOEFL PBT.
IntermediateLevelRead simple texts fluently.

State main ideas and details in complex texts as well as make inferences.

Build and apply knowledge of academic words.
Write basic five paragraph essays on academic topics using increasingly complex sentence structures and standard documentation.Present on academic topics and participate in discussions.

Understand main ideas and details on academic topics.

Use note taking skills.
Obtain a score of 450 to 500 on the TOEFL PBT.
High IntermediateLevelRead, summarize, and paraphrase academic texts.

Use critical reading skills to evaluate texts.

Expand knowledge of academic words, phrasal verbs, and idioms.
Write complex essays using appropriate registers on academic topics.

Use library research skills to find a variety of sources.
Communicate fluently on formal and informal topics.

Understand the main ideas and details of authentic listening sources.

Take detailed notes on academic lectures.
Obtain a score of 500 to 550 on the TOEFL PBT.
AdvancedLevelUse high level critical thinking skills to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and respond to complex texts.

Use vocabulary knowledge and context clues to make inferences.
Write a research paper in a specialized field of study.Communicate accurately and fluently using effective presentation skills on academic topics and participate in active discussions.

Understand the main ideas and details of complex academic listening sources.

Take organized notes on academic lectures.
Obtain a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL PBT or 79 on the TOEFL iBT.