TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language.It's a standardized English proficiency language test that measures the English capabilities of a non-native English speaker.
TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It’s a standardized English proficiency language test that measures the English capabilities of a non-native English speaker. The test system is managed by ETS (Educational Testing Services). The TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 11,000 colleges, Universities, and institutions in over 150 countries worldwide. The test is structured and designed to test the proficiency of a candidate in four skills of the English language: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
Students who wish to take the TOEFL exam must book their slots through the ETS TOEFL website, selecting available test centers and dates in their area that are most convenient for them. The test takes three hours to complete and costs around $190. Test scores are typically available to students ten calendar days after the test date.
TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test) is the most common and popular way to take the TOEFL exam. The test is taken on a computer and the applicants are given 3 hours to complete all four sections. The scores are available online within 4 – 8 calendar days.
This version of TOEFL iBT can be taken from home for people who are unable to take the exam at a physical test center due to health concerns, test center closures, or other reasons. The format and content of the exam are the same as the standard TOEFL iBT, but the test takers are monitored remotely by a human proctor using live video and audio monitoring.
The paper-based version of the TOEFL exam is administered in locations where internet-based exams are not available. TOEFL PBT includes three sections: Listening, Structure and Written Expression, and Reading. The Speaking section is not included in the paper-based test. The test scores are sent by mail within 4 to 6 weeks after the test date.
The Listening section of the exam measures the test taker’s ability to understand spoken English. The test takers listen to lectures, conversations, and classroom discussions, and answer them accurately. There are 3 academic lectures with 6 questions each and two campus conversations with 5 questions each which take 55-60 minutes.
The speaking section of the exam measures a test taker’s ability to speak and communicate effectively in English. The candidate is asked to respond to six different speaking tasks which include giving an opinion, summarizing information, and responding to a hypothetical situation. The Speaking section takes 20 minutes to complete.
The reading section of the exam measures the test taker’s ability to understand academic texts written in English. The reading section consists of 30 – 40 questions and takes 50-60 minutes. The test takers are presented with three reading passages and then asked to answer multiple-choice questions based on the information presented in the passages.
The writing section of the exam measures the test taker’s ability to write English with academic proficiency. The candidates are required to write two different essays which take 50 minutes.