Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) assesses applicants, whose native language is not English for their English proficiency primarily North American English. Most educational institutes in US and Canada (approximately 2400) evaluate TOEFL Scores. Applicants are required to take the TOEFL™ test as a requirement for admission into colleges and universities where English is an education medium. Many Government, licensing, and certification agencies, exchange and scholarship programs also use TOEFL scores to measure the English expertise of non-English native individuals. TOEFL assesses your reading, speaking, listening and writing ability to know your English expertise.Applicants can give TOEFL online. Universities and institutes from over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. There are also few courses that have criteria of a minimum TOEFL score for admission with all the other basic course requirements. Based on the institute or course the minimum score requirement can vary between 61-100.
All four language skills that are important for effective communication: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing are evaluated in TOEFL internet-based test (iBT).
The structure of the TOEFL™ iBT is as follows:
1) Reading: Taken for 60-100 minutes that includes 36-70 questions that are scored on a 0-30 scoring scale. You are expected to read 3-5 passages from academic texts; approximately 700 word long with 12-14 questions per passage.
2) Listening: Conducted for 60-90 minutes that includes 34-51 questions that are scored on a 0-30 scoring scale. It has 4-6 lectures each 3-5 min long for which 6 question each, 2-3 conversation, each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each are asked.
3) Speaking: This test is 20 minutes long that includes 6 tasks that are scored on a 0-4 points which are converted to 0-30 scoring scale. It has 2 tasks to express an opinion on a topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is to be read and to be listened to.
4) Writing: Conducted for 50 minutes that includes 2 tasks that are scored on a 0-5 points which are converted to 0-30 scoring scale. 1 task is to write based on what is read or listened to and another task is to support an opinion on a topic.
The TOEFL is developed, processed and administered by the US-based “Educational Testing Service” (ETS). ETS is responsible for setting questions papers, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee.
For detailed information about TOEFL, please refer to the official website of TOEFL™ www.toefl.org
What is the scoring scale for the TOEFLiBT Test?
Scoring for TOEFL is between 0 (Minimum) and 120 (Maximum) with 1-point increment. Four scores are reported on the TOEFL™:
The registration fee for the exam is $170.
There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test, but it can be only taken once in time span of 12 days.
Your TOEFL score is valid for 2 years from the date the test was taken.
TOEFL is mandatory for Undergraduate, MS, PhD as well as most MBA courses across the world. Thereare a few universities in the USA and almost all universities in the UK and Australia accept IELTS scores. The Top 15 colleges in the US might waive the TOEFL® requirement only if you are able to produce a proof that your Undergraduate degree had English as its mode of instruction.
For admission, a score of 80+ is required for MS and Undergraduate programs and score of 100 is required for PhD and MBA courses. Score of 100 also helps the applicant with financial aid / scholarships.