TOEFL :(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

TOEFL : Test of English as a Foreign Language is ADMINISTERED “Educational Testing Service” (ETS).

TOEFL is an exam that determines whether a student whose native language is not English has enough spoken, written and heard skills to suceed in courses at a college or university in US or Canada. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.

  • FORMS : Forms are available at USEFI (US Education Foundation in India) or they can be downloaded from the website.
  • WEBSITE : www.toefl.org or www.ets.org
  • ELIGIBILITY : Anyone and everyone is eligible for taking the TOEFL test – there are no restrictions based on age or qualifications. The test scores are valid for two years, i.e., most universities accept scores up to two years old.
  • VALIDITY : The score is valid for 2 years.
  • FEES :$140

When is the TOEFL test held ?

Computer based TOEFL test is held all-round-the-year. Unlike other exams, you can choose your own date and time for taking the TOEFL test! The test is administered in the above cities five-days-a-week (Monday through Friday), twice-a-day. September to December is the high season for TOEFL test, so in case you intend to take the test during this period, you need to register very early (say 90 days in advance) to get a date of your choice. Otherwise, registering at least three days in advance is mandatory. The test lasts roughly four hours.

The test has four sections : Listening, Structure, Reading and Writing.
The number of questions and the time allocated to each question may vary. Therefore, one student may get 35 questions in Listening section while another may get 45. But, the additional questions are for research purposes only and the scores of all test takers are based on the same number of questions.

The following table gives out the format of the TOEFL-CAT :

Format of TOEFL

Computer Tutorial NA NA
Listening Section 30 – 50 questions 40-60 min.
Structure Section 20 – 25 questions 15 – 20 min.
Reading Section Section 44 – 60 questions 70 – 90 min.
Writing Section 1 Essay 30 min.
TOTAL 94 – 135 question + 1 Essay 4 Hours. Approx.

• REPORTING : ETS has the provision of reporting your TOEFL scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the TOEFL fee you pay.
For reporting to each additional university, the ETS charges you $15.