The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Overview
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the
ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is
spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.
TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 6,000 colleges, universities, and
licensing agencies in 110 countries. Every test center is open to everyone who
is properly registered, regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin
(subject to U.S. sanctions programs and embargoes).
TOEFL Web site at www.ets.org/toefl
Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the tests
under the general direction of a board that was established by, and is
affiliated with, the College Board and the Graduate Record Examinations Board.
After September 30, 2006, TOEFL CBT will no longer be offered. The TOEFL
phasing in the Internet-based version of the TOEFL test - TOEFL iBT. In
areas where TOEFL iBT is not yet available, the paper-based version of the
TOEFL test will be offered to continue to provide access for TOEFL test takers
in these areas.
The test has four sections
The TOEFL® Internet-based test emphasizes integrated skills and measures all
four language skills, including speaking. The content on the test is authentic,
and the language is consistent with that used in everyday, real academic
Reading measures the ability to understand academic reading matter.
Listening measures the ability to understand English as it is used in colleges
Speaking measures the ability to speak English.
Writing measures the ability to write in a way that is appropriate for college
and university course work.
Test content is based on a “corpus,” or database, of spoken and
written language that currently contains more than 2.7 million words, collected
from educational institutions throughout the United States. The spoken language
in the database was collected from
The written language was collected from sources, such as textbooks and course
materials. Listening and reading texts in the test conform to the
characteristics of the language in the database.
Lectures and Interactive Classes
Everyday Service Interactions (for example, at the bookstore or registrar's
The paper-based TOEFL test has three sections plus a 30-minute writing test
(the Test of Written English) that is required of everyone who takes the
There is no scheduled break during the paper-based test.
measures the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America.
Structure and Language
measures the ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard
Reading Comprehension measures the ability to understand non-technical
The TOEFL test is offered in different formats depending on your
Paper Based TOEFL: Banglore, Hyderabad, Trivendrum
Internet Based: Ahmedabad; Allahabad; Bangalore; Calcutta; Chennai;
Cochin; Coimbatore; Dehradun; Greater Noida; Gurgaon; Hyderabad; Indore;
Jaipur; Kurukeshetra; Mumbai; Nagpur; New Delhi; Panji; Pune; Ranchi;
Secunderabad; Surat; Trivandrum; Vadodara; Visakhapatnam.
Anybody can appear for the TOEFL, as there are no restrictions
on applicant age or qualifications. The validity period of TOEFL Scores is two
How to Apply
Internet-Based Testing (iBT) -The TOEFL test is offered
in Internet-Based Testing (iBT) format at an authorized ETS test center in your
chosen location. The TOEFL iBT test fee is US$150.
See Testing and Service Fees for information about payment policies.
You must bring the proper identification (ID) documents with you
on test day. Without the required documents, you may not be admitted to the
test, and your test fee will be forfeited. See identification requirements for
TOEFL iBT for specific information.
Paper-Based Testing (PBT)
The TOEFL test is offered in Paper-Based Testing (PBT) format at
an authorized ETS test center in your chosen location. The TOEFL PBT test fee
is US$140. See
Testing and Service Fees for information about payment policies. You
must bring the proper identification (ID) documents with you on test day.
Without the required documents, you may not be admitted to the test, and your
test fee will be forfeited. See identification requirements for
TOEFL PBT for specific information.
HOW LONG ARE SCORES VALID ?
TOEFL scores are valid for two years. Because language proficiency can change
considerably in a relatively short period of time, scores more than two years
old cannot be reported or verified.
If you took the TOEFL test more than two years ago and need to submit scores to
an agency or institution, you must take the test again to have your scores
Some Important Links
The TOEFL test is offered in Internet-based Testing (iBT) format at an
authorized ETS test center in your chosen location.
The TOEFL test is offered in Paper-based Testing (PBT) format at
an authorized ETS test center in your chosen location.
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