What is the best way to talk about the number points indicated in a test to give a note like 12/20 ? In France, we say "barème".

  • It would help for you to add some English explanations about those points. For example, are they percentage points, or issues pointed out, or specific questions on the test? – Lawrence Dec 3 '17 at 10:57
  • You're totally right. That has been done. – projetmbc Dec 3 '17 at 11:05
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    You can call them your marks. – Lawrence Dec 3 '17 at 11:06
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    You can say you got a score of 12 out of 20, or that you got 12 marks. – Lawrence Dec 3 '17 at 11:23
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    In American English you will not hear the word "marks" in this context. Use "you got a score of 12 out of 20 points" on this side of the pond. – farnsy Dec 4 '17 at 1:01

You can say:

  • you got 12 marks out of a possible 20; or
  • you got a score of 12 out of 20.

mark noun 3 British A point awarded for a correct answer or for proficiency in an examination or competition. ‘Students are awarded marks out of seven for each paper, and get a final overall score.’ ‘I know of a professor who was in the habit of deducting marks in examinations for bad spelling, poor grammar or clumsy sentences.’ - ODO

score noun 1.2 A rating or grade, such as a mark achieved in a test. ‘Test scores increase, reading levels rise, and teachers report fewer disciplinary problems.’ ‘Total the three scores on each line to get your totals.’ - ODO

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