Test of English as a Foreign
Language® (TOEFL /ˈtoʊfəl/ TOH-fəl) is a standardized test to measure the English languageability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS.
TOEFL is a trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the tests.
ETS issues official score reports, sent independently to institutions, for two years following the test
The TOEFL is your gateway to The US, UK Australia, Canada, New Zealand and many more countries in the world.
The TOEFL IBT® Test
The TOEFL test is one of the most universally accepted English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. You can head wherever you want to with the help of the TOEFL. Immigration departments look at TOEFL ibt scores to decide whether or not to issue residential and work visas. Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes. Individuals consider their TOEFL ibt scores as a benchmark in learning English.
For Australia, TOEFL iBT® test scores can be used for student, post-study, skilled migration and business visas. For the U.K., TOEFL iBT test scores are accepted for Tier 4 student visas under certain conditions.
About the TOEFL iBT® Test
The TOEFL iBT® test, delivered via the Internet, is a crucial step in your journey to study in an English-speaking country.Moreover, the ETS TOEFL®Program offers imporatant tools and guides to enhance your preparation for the test and your English-language fluency.
What Is the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL iBT test assesses your ability to use and comprehend English at the university level. And it also measures your capability to integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
Who Takes the TOEFL® Test?
Over 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL® test to show their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.
- Students desiring to pursue higher education abroad
- English-language learning program admissions and exit
- Scholarship and certification candidates
- English-language learners who wish to keep a track of their progress
- Students and workers trying for visas
Where and When Can I Take the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL test has the availability of the maximum number of test dates and locations compared to tests conducted by other international language testing systems - over 50 per year. Your score is valid for 2 years from the date on which you take the test. You can reattempt the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you have an existing appointment for a test, you cannot change the appointment or register for another one within 12 days of your current appointment.
This retake policy is enforced even if a violation is not promptly discovered (for example, inconsistent registration information).
- If the violation is discovered after the registration but prior to the test date, your test appointment will be canceled and your test fee will not be refunded.
- If the violation is not discovered until after your scores have been reported, your scores will be canceled. You and any score recipients will be intimated by a cancellation letter, and your test fee will not be refunded.
TOEFL iBT® Test Content
The TOEFL iBT® test is an English test administered via the Internet. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete, including check-in.
Combining All Four Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing
Since the test is integrated, you are required to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:
- o Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
- Listen and then speak in response to a question
- Read, listen and then write in response to a question
TOEFL iBT Test Sections
|Reading||60–80 minutes||36–56 questions||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.|
|Listening||60–90 minutes||34–51 questions||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.|
|Speaking||20 minutes||6 tasks||Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks||Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks;support an opinion in writing.|
Some tests have extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that are not scored. These are either questions that facilitate ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS decide how such questions function under actual testing conditions.
A Standard English language (QWERTY) computer keyboard is used for the test. It is best advised to practice typing on a QWERTY keyboard before taking the test.
TOEFL iBT Score Scales
Each of the four TOEFL sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) are scored out of 30. The composite (or overall) TOEFL score will range from 0 to 120 and is calculated by combining the TOEFL scores on each of the four sections. The TOEFL ibt is rated by both automated and human scores.
|Reading||0 - 30||High (22-30) Intermediate (15-21) Low (0-14)|
|Listening||0 - 30||High (22-30) Intermediate (15-21) Low (0-14)|
|Speaking||0 - 30||Good (26 - 30) Fair (18 - 25) Limited (10 - 17) Weak (0 - 9)|
|Writing||0 - 30||Good (24 - 30) Fair (17 - 23) Limited (1 - 16)|
Native-speaker English Accents
The Listening and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT test include other native-speaker English accents in addition to accents from North America. You may hear accents from the U.K., New Zealand or Australia. These accents have been included to expose the variety of native English accents you may come across while studying abroad.
What Examiners look for
Assessors look out for correct pronunciation, fluency, Coherence, Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, vocabulary enrichment, topic related vocabulary & neat handwriting, quintessential style of writing, appropriate & structured content and examples from international/local current affairs.
- Register 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please ensure that the name you use for registration exactly matches the identification that you will be bringing on the test day. You must enter at least 1 form of identification before you register for a test date.
- Pay with a credit/debit card: American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard®or VISA®. You can also use a PayPal® account, or an electronic check (e-check) if you have a bank account in the United States or its territories.
- Payment methods are subject to change without notice.
- Note: American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and e-checks are not accepted for the following locations: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Togo. Only VISA cards are accepted for those locations.
- Registration closes 7 days prior to your test date.
- Late registration closes 4 days prior to your test date and a late fee of US$40 is levied.
You are required to bring two things to the test center:
o Your Registration Number:
o Valid, acceptable identification (ID) document(s):
View Your TOEFL iBT® Scores Online
Another advantage of the TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, is the ability to view your scores online. You will receive an email letting you know when your scores are available — approximately 10 days after your test date.
Official Score Reports
Printed score reports are mailed approximately 13 days after your test date. Allow 7–10 days after that date for mail delivery in the United States, and more time for mail delivery to other locations. ETS has no control over mail delivery. For information specific to your postal system, contact your post office for an estimated arrival date for mail from the United States. Your scores are valid for 2 years and can be sent to other institutions or agencies during that time.
The cost to take the TOEFL is updated in the ETS Global website
In addition to the cost of taking the TOEFL other charges may apply in certain circumstances:
- For late registration an additional charge of US$35 will apply
- For rescheduling a charge of US$60 will apply
- To reinstate a cancelled score costs US$20