Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language, which a high stakes exam in testing a candidate’s English language skill in four areas – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
The Educational Testing Services (aka ETS) conducts this exam. About 11, 000 universities and institutions across 150 countries consider the TOEFL score for admissions.
The universities in the countries such as the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and others widely accept the test scores for academic, work and immigration purposes.
There’s a minimum score in the TOEFL. Each university has its own requirements. Now, take a glance at the outline of the exam.
Take a look at the box below for a brief overview of the TOEFL test.
|Fee||The US $ 185 (*Fee depends on test location you choose)|
|Test Mode||Computer Based Test|
|Test Time||3 hours|
|Test Score Range||0 – 120|
|Each Area of Testing Range||0 – 30 (Each section with 4 to 5 proficiency levels)|
|Score Validity||2 years|
TOEFL Exam Eligibility
There is no particular age or educational restrictions for taking this English proficiency test. Candidates sitting for this exam have to check the university/college requirements for admissions into their programs.
The only thing is the English-speaking countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, etc. consider this test score from those non-native speakers of the English language. Besides, there’s no age restriction set by the ETS, the exam conducting body.
TOEFL Exam Registration
The TOEFL exam registration can be done year-round depending on when you want to take this exam. There’re different modes of registrations:
- In-person registration at the TOEFL test centres
Login to the ETS official site. Enter your details such as name, email, etc. matching the information with that of your passport. Finally, pay your fees.
The registration closes before 7 days of your TOEFL test commencement.
TOEFL Exam Fees
The test fees will subject to change without prior notice.
You can re-take the test as many times as possible with a 3-day interval. For late registration, cancellation, or rescheduling fee, check this table here below.
In case you want to reschedule your exam, you have to pay the US $ 60. And you can only reschedule it by phone or by your ETS account. You can’t reschedule it by email, mail or at the test centres.
If you cancel your TOEFL, you have to do it before 4 full days your exam. Then you will be refunded 50% of the exam fee. Otherwise, you will get anything back from the fees you’ve paid.
TOEFL Exam Pattern
Take a look at the table below for an overview of the exam pattern.
|Reading||54 – 72 min||30 – 40 Qs||Read the passage and respond to questions|
|Listening||41 – 57 min||28 – 39 Qs||Answer question about brief lectures/discussions|
|Speaking||17 min||4 tasks||Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listen to|
|Writing||50 min||2 tasks||Read passage, listen to recording and then type your responses|
After the first two modules, there will be a break for about 10 minutes.
TOEFL Exam Scores
TOEFL tests scores are accepted across 130 countries in 10000 colleges, schools or universities. The score is valid for two years. Look the table for a sectional score of the TOEFL test.
|Section||Score Range||Mean Score|
|Reading||0 – 30||20|
|Listening||0 – 30||19|
|Speaking||0 – 30||19|
|Writing||0 – 30||20|
|Total||0 – 120||80|
After 10 days of sitting for the exam, the candidate will be notified about the test results. The candidate can see the score online at the ETS site. And after 13 days of the test date, the candidate can get a printed copy of their results.
TOEFL Exam FAQs
Take a look at the frequently asked questions about the TOEFL exam.
1.I entered incorrect information about me. How can I correct it?
A: You can correct any information through online account except your Name, Gender and Date of Birth. For these three items, you have to contact TOEFL services for modification through their email or phone.
- I want to retake the test. What’s the minimum interval?
A: You can retake the test with the minimum interval time of 3 days. With that requirement, you can take the test as many times as possible.
- Which exam shall I take TOEFL or IELTS?
A: it depends on the university/college you apply for. First of all, their requirements and then choose then test. Both the tests are high standard and high-quality tests to measure the level of a candidate’s English proficiency. That’s all.
- What is the best TOEFL score to earn scholarships?
A: There are chances of getting scholarships if you score between 90 and 100. Better it is if you score beyond 100 for higher chances of getting scholarships.