Test of English as a Foreign Language
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TOEFL Overview

The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country.

Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL, is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in universities/ institutions abroad. 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.

Test Criteria

The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

Test Recognition

The TOEFL test is the most widely respected 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. Wherever you want to study, the TOEFL test can help you get there.

Test Takers

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. The test takers include 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 and Students and workers applying for visas

Test Scores and Validity

Each section of TOEFL is graded on a scale of 0 – 30 in 1 point increment. Composite score is addition of all the scores. TOEFL is scored out of 120. Any score near / above 90 is considered a decent score. The scores are valid for two years; then they are no longer reported.

Test Format

Test Section Names Description
  1. Listening tests candidates’ ability to understand spoken English that is typical of interactions in academic environment.
  2. It comprises the talks and lectures of generally American speakers.
  3. Listening has two formats i.e. Short Format (SF) and Long Format (LF), one of which appears in the test.
  4. SF comprises 6 talks of which three are conversations and three are lectures. SF will last for approximately 45 – 55 minutes
  5. LF has 9 talks of which three are conversations and 6 are lectures. It lasts approximately 70 – 80 minutes.
  1. Reading tests candidates’ ability to read and comprehend the passages, and answer the questions based on the same.
  2. It consists of 3 – 4 passages, and each passage having 13 – 15 questions on it.
  3. It lasts for approximately 60 – 80 minutes.
  1. Writing tests a candidate’s ability to express himself through written text.
  2. It comprises of 2 tasks – The Intergrated Writing task and the Independent Essay task.
  3. In Task 1 i.e. Integrated Writing, candidates are required to read a passage, listen to a lecture and compose a technical essay based on the passage and the lecture. Time allotted is 20 minutes.
  4. In Task 2 i.e. Independent Essay, students are given a general topic to write an essay on. Time allotted is 30 minutes.
  1. Speaking tests a candidate’s ability to converse in English.
  2. Speaking has 6 question prompts which include independent speaking questions, as well as integrated speaking questions.
  3. Candidates are given a few seconds to think and the time allotted to speak keeps changing as per the question format.
  4. Approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute is the time limit, per question in speaking. Overall speaking test lasts for 20 minutes.

Exam Fee

Exam Fees – 180 USD *

Miscellaneous Details

Test Name – Test of English as a Foreign Language
Test Duration – Four and a half hours [approx]
Test Sections – 04 sections – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Test Scores Validity – 02 years
Exam Fees – 180 USD *
Test Repetition Policy – Next available date from your present examination date
Nature of the Test – Internet Based Test