What is the TOEFL Test?

Test of English as a Foreign Language is an Internet-based or paper-based standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. TOEFL is a trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) which designs and administers the tests. The test is accepted by more than 11,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries. ETS issues official score reports which are sent independently to institutions and are valid for two years following the test.You may take TOEFL either online or at one of the test centers.

Am I eligible for TOEFL Test?

You need to have passed in 10+2 from any recognized Indian Board or University.

Which TOEFL Test is apt for me?
  • TOEFL Test [Internet-based (iBT) and Paper-based (PBT)]— accepted by more than 11,000 educational institutions worldwide.
  • TOEIC Tests — used by more than 14,000 businesses and organizations in 160 countries.
  • TOEFL ITP Assessment Series — the world’s leading on-site English-language testing program.
  • TOEFL Junior Tests — designed to measure the English-language skills of students ages 11+.
  • TOEFL Primary® Tests — designed for students ages 8+ to shape young learners’ English-language instruction.
When can I take the test?
  • You can take TOEFL on any date you choose to, based on availability from ETS.
  • You must wait at least 3 days after you take the exam before taking it again.

However, each college/organization that considers TOEFL as its admission test / one of its admission processes has its own eligibility criteria. Candidates must check the eligibility criteria of individual colleges/organizations before applying to them through TOEFL.

What is the pattern of the test?
  • TOEFL has 4 sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.
  • During the test, you’ll perform tasks that combine these 4 English communication skills, such as:
    • 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
  • The total test takes about 3 hours to complete, but you should plan for 3½ hours, allowing 30 minutes for check in.
Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 54–72 minutes 30–40 questions Read passages and respond to questions
Listening 41–57 minutes 28–39 questions Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 17 minutes 4 tasks Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response
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