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The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A Standardized Test, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) assesses the English Proficiency of people, whose native language does not happen to be English. It tests the ability to understand North American English. Most Educational Institutes in the US and Canada (approximately 2400) ask applicants for their TOEFL Scores. Institutes in other countries, where the mode and language of instruction is English, also use TOEFL. Most people 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.
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 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 questions each.
2-3 conversations, 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 ona 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.

Q1. What is the cost/registration fee for TOEFL?
Ans. The registration fee for taking TOEFL is USD 150.

Q2. How do I register for TOEFL?
Ans. You can register online or by phone or by mail.

Q3. How many times in a year is TOEFL exam held?
Ans. TOEFL is offered on specific days of the year.

Q4. How many times can I take TOEFL?
Ans. TOEFL can be taken unlimited number of times.

Q5. What is the validity of the TOEFL exam?
Ans. Your TOEFL score will be valid for 2 years after from the date the test was taken

Q6. What is the scoring pattern?
Ans. Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 120 (Maximum) with 10-point increment. Four scores are reported on the TOEFL
  • Reading score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
  • Listening score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
  • Writing score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
  • Speaking score reported on a 0-30 score scale.

    Q7. How soon do I get my score?
    Ans. The scores are available online 2 weeks after the exam date.

    Q8. How do I pass on my score to the colleges where I want to apply to?
    Ans. The universities only accept official scores sent directly by ETS. Scores to four colleges can be sent free of cost from the time of TOEFL registration to 24 hours before the test date. Subsequently, for each score report sent to a college, you would have to pay $17.

    Q9. Do universities consider photocopies of the TOEFL scorecard. Do I have to send scores through ETS?
    Ans. No, photocopies are not accepted. You have to send your scores only through ETS.

    Q10. If I take TOEFL more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
    Ans. Almost all the universities take the best score.

    Q11. Do I need to have the TOEFL score at the time of applying to universities?
    Ans. No, you do not need to have the TOEFL score with you at the time of applying. But you are required to take the TOEFL before the deadline of the university.

    Q12. Is TOEFL mandatory for applying to undergrad programs outside India?
    Ans. TOEFL is mandatory for UnderGraduate, MS, PhD and most MBA courses across the world. However, a few universities in the USA and all universities in the UK and Australia accept IELTS scores. The Top 15 colleges in the US might waive the TOEFL requirement provided you are able to produce a proof that your UnderGraduate degree had English as its mode of instruction.

    Q13. What is the minimum TOEFL score that I need?
    Ans. For admission, one has to score over 80 for MS and undergrad programs, over 100 for PhD and MBA courses. Usually a score of 100 is required for students who are looking for Financial aid/scholarships.