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TOEFL - Overview:
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anguage (TOEFL) is an English language test for non-native English speakers who wish to study at universities in English-speaking countries. There are two major English-language tests in the world,
TOEFL measures your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in English. TOEFL score is accepted by more than 10,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries. For Australia, TOEFL scores can be used to satisfy the required language component for student, post-study, skilled migration and business visas. For the U.K., TOEFL scores are accepted for Tier 4 student visas
under certain conditions.
The TOEFL test is developed and administered by E
), which sets the TOEFL questions, conducts the TOEFL test, and sends the score report to each examinee.
Why TOEFL Test?
TOEFL aims to test your understanding of North-American English. So TOEFL should be your first choice if you are applying to universities in US and Canada. For rest of the countries, especially the UK and Australia, IELTS is usually the more preferred language exam, but TOEFL is also accepted.
TOEFL Scores are required for:
- Students planning to study at a higher education institution
- Students and workers applying for visas
- English-language learning program admissions and exit
- Scholarship and certification candidates
- English-language learners who want to track their progress
Who Accepts TOEFL Scores?
More than 10,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:
- Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
- Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
- Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English
Find TOEFL score accepting institutions
and available score requirements
TOEFL - Mode of Examination:
There are two formats for the TOEFL test viz,
- TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test)
- TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test)
The format of TOEFL you take depends on the location of your test center. Most TOEFL test takers take the TOEFL iBT test. The TOEFL Paper-based Test is currently offered only in areas where testing via the internet is not available.
TOEFL Registration / Application Form:
Candidates who wish to take the TOEFL exam, must register themselves. Registration for TOEFL Test can be done in any one of the following three methods i.e.
- By Phone and
- By Mail.
For TOEFL Online Registration:
Candidates can register for TOEFL test 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Registration closes 7 days before your test date. Late registration closes 4 days before your test date and has a late fee of US$40.
Fill your TOEFL Registration
TOEFL Registration by Phone:
Candidates can register for TOEFL exam through phone. Registration closes 7 days before your test date. Late registration by phone closes at 5 p.m. local test center time on the business day before the test and has a late fee of US$40.
Select your location to find the phone number for your TOEFL Regional Registration Center
Before making phone call for TOEFL Registration, Candidates are recommended to have the following information available:
- Address (include country)
- Date of birth
- Daytime telephone number (U.S. residents)
- Email address
- Test date
- Registration number (if you have one)
TOEFL Registration by Mail:
- Download and fill out a TOEFL Registration Form
- Find the contact information (email address) for your RRC and select the country where you plan to test. Use the mailing address listed in the Contact Information for the particular Country.
- Forms must be received at least 4 weeks before your test date.
- If you do not receive a confirmation, call the location where you mailed your paperwork - at least 3 business days before your registration deadline.
Forms of Payment for TOEFL Test:
Payments are accepted in the following forms:
- Credit/debit card - American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA
- Electronic check (e-check)
- PayPal account
- Paper check or money order - must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to ETS-TOEFL
- Western Union Quick Pay - for mail registration only.
TOEFL Test Dates and Exam Center:
The TOEFL test has over 50 test dates per year at authorized test centers around the world. Candidates can choose the Exam center and Test date as per their convenience.
Select the country/location
where you plan to take the TOEFL test to see which format is offered, testing cities, dates and fees.
TOEFL Exam Pattern:
There are 4 sections namely Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing, which take a total of about Four and half hours to complete, including check-in.
||60 - 80 minutes
||36 - 56 questions
||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
||60 - 90 minutes
||34 - 51 questions
||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
||Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
||Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.
A candidate must answer at least 1 question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least 1 essay, and complete at least 1 Speaking task to obtain an official TOEFL score. The Score range and mean score for each section as well as for overall score in TOEFL Exam is granted in the below table:
||0 - 30
||0 - 30
||0 - 30
||0 - 30
||0 - 120
Most of the universities require TOEFL score ranging from 80-100. TOEFL Scores will be available online within two weeks of the test date.