Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Test of English as Foreign Language or TOEFL is conducted to assess the English proficiency of students who want to study abroad. The TOEFL test is most widely accepted and respected English language test in the world. It is recognized by more than 8,000 colleges, universities, and agencies in more than 130 countries. TOEFL is registered and administered by ETS (Educational Testing Service). TOEFL is taken by students planning to study abroad as well as professionals applying for a work Visa. Those seeking scholarships and certification programmes are also required to take the TOEFL exam.

Eligibility criteria for TOEFL

Any student who has passed 10+2 level of any recognized Indian Board of University is a suitable qualification to take the TOEFL. Standard from a recognized educational institution or board can appear for this exam. Generally this test is taken by a candidate who wants to study outside his/her native country especially where English is not the native language.

Application Procedure

There are four means of applying for the TOEFL

» Online: Students can fill a registration form on official website of College Board. Examination fee can be paid online through credit/ debit card. Payment can also be made using a registration voucher obtained from a local TOEFL IBT Test Resource Center. professional registration.

» Phone: Students can call the designated number (which can be acquired from the Regional Registration Centre) and apply. Examination fee can be paid online through credit/ debit card. Students can also pay the fee using TOEFL voucher by phone.

» Mail: Download and fill the form available on the official website and send the form with the payment to the address on the form or to your Regional Registration Center (PDF). I f you register by mail you will need to enter certain codes manually that are input automatically online. If you do not receive a confirmation, call the location where you mailed your paperwork at least three business days before your registration deadline.

» TOEFL IBT Test Resource Center: In some areas, students can purchase test registration vouchers with local currency and/or register in person at a TOEFL iBT Test Resource Center. If that is not an option that you want to consider, you can use a registration voucher online from any computer or on the phone.

Fee Structure

» TOEFL Computer Based Test: US$140 (includes 1 examinee score record and 4 score recipients)
» TOEFL Paper Based Test: US$140 (includes 1 examinee score record and 4 score recipients)

Types of Exam

There are two types of TOEFL exams.

Internet Based Testing
This test is administered via the internet. The TOEFL IBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. The total time for TOEFL IBT is approx 3 hours divided between the following four sections of the exam.

» Reading: Measures the ability to understand academic reading. It consists of 3-5 academic reading passages followed by comprehension questions.

» Speaking: Measures the ability to speak English. It consists of 6 open-ended speaking questions, which require test-takers to speak into a microphone. Responses are recorded and scored by human graders.

» Writing: Measures the ability to write in a way that is appropriate for college and university course work. The TOEFL IBT contains an added 20 minute essay.

Paper-Based Testing
Paper based testing is also known as institutional TOEFL. This test is administered by English language institutions around the world and is evaluated in a paper based format. The TOEFL PBT is a paper based test that measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom in a college or at a university level. It measures how you can listen, read and write English. The duration of TOEFL PBT is approx 2.5 hours, with specific timings for each section.

TOEFL Paper based test is offered six times a year. In areas where the IBT is not available, a paper-based test (PBT) is the best option. The PBT TOEFL test comprises of three sections, listening comprehension, grammar and reading comprehension. Correct answers should be marked by pencil. Max points are 677. Except for TOEFL , you could pass one or two additional tests TWE (Test of Written English, composition) and TSE (Test of Spoken English) , plus 30-minute writing test (an English test).

The TOEFL test is offered in more locations around the world than any other English-language test. The TOEFL Internet Based Test is given 30-40 times in a year around the globe. Likewise the TOEFL Paper Based Test is offered in areas where the TOEFL Internet Based Test is not available. This test is given six times in a year.

Scoring Pattern

Your scores are based on your performance in the test. You must answer at least one question each in reading and listening section, write at least one essay and complete at least one speaking task to receive an official score.

The breakup of the marks is a follows:
» Reading Section: ( Score of 0-30)
» Listening Section: ( Score of 0-30
» Speaking Section: ( Score of 0-30)
» Writing Section: ( Score of 0-30)

Total Score: 0-120

For a better understanding lets understand what 0-30 means:
» 0-14 = low
» 15-21 = intermediate
» 22-30 = high

In addition to your scores, your score includes performance feedback that is a brief report on your performance level and a description of the kinds of tasks that test takers like you to perform.

How to prepare for TOEFL?

TOEFL is a tough nut to crack, so you should start your preparations early. You can study using educational CDs, which contain different strategies of passing the test, test variants and variety of grammar exercises. Also solving a lot of test papers will help.

There is no passing or failing TOEFL. Higher education institutes and agencies set their own score requirements. The score is valid for 2 years after the test date and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test.

TOEFL score is accepted by more than 8,000 colleges, universities, and licensing agencies in 110 countries. In Canada and US alone, TOEFL score is accepted by approximately 2400 institutes.

Institutions include: Colleges and universities, Scholarship providers, Community colleges, Government agencies, Technical institutions, Professional association.

TOP UK Universities that Accept TOEFL

» University of Cambridge
» Imperial College of London
» London School of Economics
» London Business School
» University of Bradford
» University of Warwick
» University of Glasgow

Top USA Universities that Accept TOEFL

» Arizona State Universities (minimum score required is 83)
» Auburn University (score: 80, 20 in each section)
» Case Western Reserve University
» School of Graduate Studies (score: 79)

Top Australian Universities that Accept TOEFL

» ANU College, Canberra
» Australian International Hotel School, Canberra
» International College of Management, Sydney
» Raffles College of Design and Commerce, North Sydney
» Sydney Film School, Waterloo

Top New Zealand Universities that Accept TOEFL

» Columba College
» Otago Polytechnic
» Unitec Institute of Technology
» Lincoln University
» Wellington Business School
» Victoria University of Wellington

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