TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an English Proficiency test, conducted to evaluate the English speaking and understanding ability of a candidate. TOEFL is accepted as proof of English proficiency in 9,000 colleges, universities and organizations and other TOEFL participating institutes across 130 countries in the World. TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year by Educational Testing Service (ETS) – a US-based non-profit organisation.
TOEFL Test Pattern:
TOEFL has essentially two versions:
- TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test)
- TOEFL PBT (paper-based test).
Both the versions of TOEFL have four sections- Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing. Candidates can retake the TOEFL test as many times as they wish.
Duration: 4 hours.
TOEFL registration: While there are four ways to get TOEFL Registration -Online, by mail, by phone and in person – a majority of candidates apply for TOEFL online.
The TOEFL score requirements are set by individual educational institutions. The total TOEFL test score is between 0–120. TOEFL results are valid for two years after the test and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test. TOEFL test scores are posted online within 2 weeks of the test date.
TOEFL scholarship is awarded for achieving academic excellence and demonstrating English communication proficiency. Test takers from Mainland China, India, Japan, Korea or Taiwan are eligible for the TOEFL scholarship.
|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.|