About TOEFL

TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, is a trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the test. It is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions.

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TOEFL Structure

The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level and evaluates your ability to combine your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

  • Reading Section: (60–80 minutes) Measures the ability to understand reading passages like those in college textbooks
  • Listening Section: (60–90 minutes) Measures the ability to understand main ideas, important details, implications, relationships between ideas, organization of information, and speaker’s purpose, and attitude
  • Speaking Section: (20 minutes) Measures the ability to speak spontaneously and convey ideas clearly and coherently
  • Writing Section: (50 minutes) Measures the ability to write in an academic setting

TOEFL Scores

Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. You must answer at least one question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least 1 essay, and complete at least one Speaking task to receive an official score.

 

  • 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)

TOEFL VS IELTS

EXAM TOEFL IELTS
TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM
SKILLS TESTED
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
LENGTH
  • About 4 hours
  • 2 hours and 40 minutes + 11 – 14 minutes Speaking Test
FORMAT OF TEST
  • Internet-based Test Delivered on Computer
  • Pencil and Paper Test
  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer (available on selected dates and limited locations)
SPEAKING TEST
  • Digitally recorded responses graded later
  • Live interview with test grader
SCORING
  • Reading:  0 – 30
  • Listening: 0 – 30
  • Speaking: 0 – 30
  • Writing: 0 – 30
  • Total: 0 – 120
  • Listening: 0 – 9
  • Reading:  0 – 9
  • Writing: 0 – 9
  • Speaking: 0 – 9
  • Total: 0 – 9 (average of the four sections)

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