WHAT IS THE TOEFL?
A standardized test, the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) assesses the English proficiency of applicants, whose native language does not happen to be English. It tests the ability to understand North American English. Most educational institutes mostly in US and Canada (approximately 2400) ask applicants for their TOEFL Scores.
Most applicants take the TOEFL test as a prerequisite for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. In addition, many government, licensing, and certification agencies and exchange and scholarship programs use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English proficiency of people for whom English is not their native language.
1.Who Takes the TOEFL Test?
More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL® test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced. • Students planning to study at a higher education institution • English-language learning program admissions and exit • Scholarship and certification candidates • English-language learners who want to track their progress • Students and workers applying for visas
2.Where Can I Get Local, In-language Support?
You can contact a local TOEFL IBT Resource Center for general in-language information about the TOEFL test and test preparation. TOEFL IBT Resource Centers are available in specific countries.
3.Who Accepts TOEFL Test Scores?
More than 9,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. For more information, including using your scores to satisfy visa requirements in Australia and the U.K., how to find institutions that accept TOEFL scores, and more, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.
4.Where and When Can I Take the TOEFL IBT Test?
The TOEFL test has more test dates (over 50 per year) and locations than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment.
5.What Resources Can Help Me Prepare for the TOEFL IBT Test?
ETS offers a variety of paid and free preparation materials to help you get ready for the TOEFL test. Watch our video, TOEFL Resources: An Overview for Students (Flash) to learn about the tools from ETS that can help you prepare for the test.
6.What Does the TOEFL IBT Test Cost?
The cost of the test varies between countries. For information on registration, fees, test dates and locations.
The TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL IBT) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing. The structure of the TOEFL IBT is as follows:
Reading (60-100 min) (36-70 questions) (0-30 scoring scale):
3-5 passages from academic texts; approx 700 word long with 12-14 questions per passage
Listening (60-90 min) (34-51 questions) (0-30 scoring scale):
4-6 lectures each 3-5 min long; 6 question each. 2-3 conversation, each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each.
Speaking (20 min) (6 tasks) (0-4 points converted to 0-30 scoring scale):
2 tasks to express an opinion on a topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to.
Writing (50 min) (2 tasks) (0-5 points converted to 0-30 scoring scale):
1 task to write based on what is read or listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.
What is the scoring scale for the TOEFL IBT Test?
Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 120 (Maximum) with 10-point increment. Four scores are reported on the TOEFL:
1.Reading score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
2.Listening score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
3.Writing score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
4.Speaking score reported on a 0-30 score scale.