All About Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL)

About TOEFL

TOEFL is a computerized exam conducted by ETS that tests the candidates’ English knowledge required to study, work, or migrate abroad. TOEFL Registration can be completed by following a few simple steps. The duration of TOEFL is around 3 hours 30 minutes. The score range of TOEFL is 0-120 in each section has a score range of 0-30. There are three versions of TOEFL – Computer-based, iBT, and PBT. The latter is only functional in places where the internet is unavailable. The TOEFL exam pattern comprises four sections: Reading, listening, speaking, and writing. During COVID 19 pandemic, ETS launched TOEFL ibt Special Home Edition as the test centers were closed. This version of the TOEFL iBT home edition has a similar syllabus to the actual exam. Candidates will not receive any hard copy of the TOEFL score card, but within 6-10 days of the test, the online report will be available on the official website.

Brief Details

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TOEFL Full Form: Test of English as a Foreign Language.
Official Website: ets.org/toefl
Level of Exam: International
Conducting Body: Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Exam Pattern: iBT and PBT
Duration: Around 3 hours 30 minutes
Score Range: 0-30
TOEFL Test Centers: 4500 across the world
TOEFL Helpline Number:  1-609-771-7100/ 1-877-863-3546
TOEFL Exam Fee: In every country, it is different.

Benefits

  • Objective Assessment:
    The TOEFL is a great test to take because of how comprehensive it is. It allows you to showcase your English skills to admissions officers and future employers at a specific time. The unbiased scoring system gives you the peace of mind that your English skills are precisely and accurately recorded.
  • A Widely-Accepted Certificate:
    Another positive aspect of the TOEFL is that it is one of the world’s most widely recognized English-language proficiency tests.

With the TOEFL under your belt, you can rest assured that the university of your choice or your future employer will recognize and accept your scores as proof of your English fluency.

  • Improve Your English Skills:

Preparing for the TOEFL will improve your English skills a lot! It takes money, time, and energy to take the TOEFL. That being said, it’s a good idea to take the time to prepare well beforehand. ETS has official test prep materials on its website.

You can practice with free resources on their website and purchase additional materials.

While you want your improved English skills to reflect in your TOEFL scores, your new English skills will also positively affect other areas of your life.

  • Gain a Better Knowledge of Academic English

You may feel overwhelmed by academic texts and vocabulary.

Preparing for the TOEFL will help you come to terms with some aspects of university life that may feel out of reach. As you consistently add new words and phrases to your vocabulary, you will feel more and more at ease in an academic environment.

  • Motivation to Study Harder

Have you been lacking motivation lately? Do you find yourself checking your phone when you should be studying?

Knowing that you will take the TOEFL soon can be a good motivator! When you have a clear goal, you will organize your time more effectively and stay focused.

  • Improve your Resume

Whether or not you’ll be applying for a new job soon, having your TOEFL scores on your resume is always good.

It shows how committed you are both to to English fluency and ng in your chosen career. Future employers will surely see you as more credible and professional. Just keep in mind that TOEFL scores expire after two years.

Eligibility Criteria

First, you must know that the TOEFL test (both TOEFL-IBT and TOEFL-PBT) is open to all.

  • To take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), you need to have passed in 10+2 from any recognized Countries Board or University.
  • If you are a high school student or are studying at a higher level you can take this test to get your TOEFL score. The test measures your English language proficiency so that you can study and work in the United States. The TOEFL score is mostly accepted by the institutions of the United States and outside.
  • Some of the Institutes do not ask for the TOEFL score from certain international applicants. These categories include:
  • Non-native speakers having degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  • Non-native speakers completed at least a two-year course of study where English was the language of instruction.
  • Students who have transferred from institutions in the United States or Canada having well-evaluated academic course work in relation to the demand and duration of the test.
  • If you are a non-native speaker and have taken the TOEFL test in the past two years.
  • If you are a non-native speaker and have successfully pursued academic work at English speaking schools in an English-speaking country for a specified period, usually of two years.

TOEFL Preparation Tips

Candidates must spend ample time finding out the weakness and strengths of TOEFL. ETS uploads sample papers online for easy access. TOEFL preparation tips must comprise of particular target score to secure proper guidance to reach the goal. A few tips for the exam are as follows:

  • Use flashcards to learn vocabulary
  • Learn 5 new words regularly, and make sentences of your own using them.
  • Do the practice tests as many as you can
  • Try to work in groups for better performance
  • Make your own customized TOEFL study plan
  • Learn vocabulary from different academic topics
  • Always go through the questions before attempting
  • Practice skimming and scanning for passages
  • Watch English news and movies to understand the native accent
  • Also, read journals, novels, and more to enhance vocabulary
  • The best way to improve TOEFL reading is by reading complex texts
  • The candidates need to pace themselves when reading the contexts
  • Engage in daily practice from different TOEFL practice tests to ace your score
  • Get yourself a mentor who is experienced and provides problem-solving techniques
  • Practice taking down notes of the main ideas. It will help you answer correctly in the exam
  • Try not to leave many questions unanswered
  • Candidates need to dress comfortably. The test room can be warm or cold.
  • Candidates need to refer to the official TOEFL site for information. There are many test center closures taking place due to COVID-19, candidates can stay updated from the official site.
  • Test-takers need to gift themselves after taking the exam. This will keep them motivated.
  • Save yourself 7 TOEFL practice tests for the week before the exam. Wake up at the time when you would for your actual exam, and take the test as if you’re taking it in a test center.
  • It is important for candidates to know the route to the TOEFL test center before the exam.

TOEFL Exam Pattern

As TOEFL is a language proficiency test, mostly the ETS TOEFL measures the language skills of the candidates through the following given TOEFL Exam Pattern as per sections below:

TOEFL Reading

In TOEFL reading, candidates will have to read 3-4 passages of 700 words and answer 30-40 questions that include 10 types of questions. The TOEFL Reading section is intended to evaluate candidates’ reading and understanding abilities. The reading passages in the TOEFL cover a variety of different subjects. Candidates get 54 to 72 minutes to solve the TOEFL Reading passages. This section is scored on a range of 0 – 30.

TOEFL Writing

The TOEFL Writing section comprises two tasks – TOEFL integrated and TOEFL independent tasks. The duration of this section is 50 minutes and the candidates need to write 500-600 words compositely in two writing tasks. TOEFL Writing is the last section of the TOEFL exam pattern and is the hardest one as well since candidates are simultaneously tested on their listening, speaking, and reading skills. The raw score range of TOEFL Writing is 0-5 and is again converted to a scale of 0-30.

TOEFL Listening

TOEFL Listening section there are basically two aspects – lectures and conversations. After each conversation or lecture, there is a set of questions asking about the information that was being presented. Candidates will get 20 minutes to answer each set of questions. TOEFL Listening includes 4-6 academic lecture excerpts each 3-5 minutes in length and 2-3 conversations on a variety of general topics relevant to university life. 

TOEFL Speaking

In TOEFL Speaking section, comprises one independent and three integrated speaking tasks. There are one independent task and 3 integrated tasks. TOEFL Speaking is measured on a range of 0 – 30. There is a total of 6 questions, the first two are about familiar topics and the rest are lectures, short readings, and conversations.

What is a Good Score on the TOEFL?

The average TOEFL score is around 90, and it may rotate around 85 to 95. Scoring above 100 is generally considered a good score on TOEFL. Universities generally require this TOEFL score range as this states that the candidate has a good hold of English. Whereas, if you achieve in the range of 100 to 110, your chances of getting admitted to the top universities increase. Though it should be noted that there are no good or bad scores in TOEFL. TOEFL Score validity is for 2 years.

How to Apply?

Test takers can complete TOEFL registration either online or offline or via the TOEFL official app available on the play store. The application process for the exam is open throughout the year. The easiest way to register for the TOEFL examination is with your ETS account, either online or through the official app. Also, candidates can register by phone or by mail.

TOEFL Online Application

Candidates will log in to the official website of TOEFL to create a validated profile. You should carry the passport as one of the primary documents while registering for TOEFL. Your name should be spelled correctly. One needs to follow a few easy steps to complete the registration.

  • Fill out all necessary information as required during registration
  • Review the information provided by you
  • Finally, pay the TOEFL Application Fee to complete the registration

Registering for the TOEFL examination using your ETS account is the fastest, easiest process to register. Once you finish the registration you will receive a confirmation email from ETS. Keep this email safe until test day.

TOEFL Offline Application

Test takers have to send TOEFL registration form via mail to the registered address.

  • The candidate firstly has to download TOEFL registration form
  • Candidates have to fill up specific codes (available online) required to fill up the registration form manually
  • One can initiate a payment from the options mentioned in the form
  • After filling up the form, the candidate has to send the form to RRC (Regional Registered Centers)
  • Mail should be received by them at least a month before the test date
  • If the candidate does not receive a confirmation, then he/she must call RRC at least three days before the registration deadline.

TOEFL Registration via Phone App

  • Visit the official website of TOEFL to find out the contact number of RRC (+91-124-4147700) near the preferred location
  • Candidates can pay the registration fee via credit card or debit card or an e-check
  • Fill up with personal details
  • Candidates can register until 5 p.m.
  • Online registration via phone will end a week before the exam date
  • If the candidate registers lately then a fine of $40 will be charged

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