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TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

Administered by

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Required for

Non-native speakers wishing to enrol in English-speaking universities/colleges
 

Validity:

2 years
 

Reporting:

One can send scores to as many institutions as one wishes, at no additional cost. There is a limit of 20 score reports per transaction. One may change the score recipients one selects when one registers for the test any time until 10 pm local appointment time on the day before the test. One can have an additional score report sent to oneself for a fee of US$20.
 

Registration:

Online, Phone, Mail
 

Forms:

Forms are available on the official ETS: TOEFL website: https://www.ets.org/toefl/test-takers/essentials/register/how-to-register.html
 

Requirements for registration:

  • The same name (first and last) and date of birth are used as in an official identification document.
  • Valid government-issued ID: Passport and/or Aadhaar Card
  • Original document
  • Physical ID
  • Recent, recognizable photograph
  • Signature
  • Payment via credit/debit cards, PayPal, Electronic check (E-Check) [$US], paper checks and money orders [$US]

Centres:

Ahmedabad, Chennai, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kochi, Gurgaon NCR Region, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Telangana, Indore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Pune, Thrissur, Tirupati, Trichy, Amritsar, Vadodara, Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam, Warangal, Gwalior, Nizamabad, East Godavari District, Thiruvananthapuram, Pondicherry
 

Rescheduling:

  • Reschedule the test at least 4 days before the test date.
  • If not requested at least 4 days in advance, the test fee will not be refunded.
  • Provide the appointment number, the exact name used to make the appointment and pay the fee before one registers for a new test appointment.
  • Rescheduling fee: US$30
  • Reschedule via the online registration system or the Regional Registration Centre (RRC) for TOEFL.
  • Rescheduling can’t be done via email.

Confirmation:

  • Confirmation page on ETS account
  • Email
  • Phone: appointment number, test date and time will be provided

Cancellation:

Cancellation of the test must be done at least 4 days before the test date. If not requested at least 4 days in advance, the test fee will not be refunded. Provide the appointment number, the exact name used to make the appointment and pay the fee before one registers for a new test appointment or cancel the test appointment. Cancel via he online registration system or the Regional Registration Centre (RRC) for TOEFL. Cancellations can’t be done via email.
 

Mode:

Internet-based or Paper-based standardized test
Number of tests:
One can take the test as many times as one wishes. However, there must be a gap of 12 days. One cannot take it more than once within those 12 days nor can one schedule another test.
 

Scores:

  • For each of the four test sections, one will receive a band score from 1 to 12.
  • An overall band score is calculated as the average of the four section band scores.
  • The overall band score ranges from 1 to 12 in increments of 0.5, rounded to the nearest whole or half band.
  • MyBest scores: the highest section scores achieved in any test administration within the last two years
  • The overall band score for MyBest scores reflects the average of the highest section scores.
  • In addition, the score report provides information about two foundational skills, Vocabulary Knowledge and Sentence Construction.
  • These foundational skills underlie broad areas of language ability, and information about one’s performance is reported in the form of a percentile value.
  • The percentile indicates that one performed better than that percentage of all those who took the test.

Overview of the test:

  • Total time: 1.5 hours
  • The following table shows the four sections, time allotted and number of questions:
SectionsTimeNumber of QuestionsContains
Listening21-34 minutes approx.30-45 questionsmeasures one’s ability to understand conversations and talks set in academic, personal, and public contexts
Reading22-33 minutes approx.30-45 questionsmeasures one’s ability to understand both academic and non-academic texts
Writing24-30 minutes approx.14-18 questions and 2 tasksmeasures one’s ability to write, review, and edit texts in English for different communication purposes, such as emails and online discussions
Speaking13 minutes approx.3 tasks with 19 responsesmeasures one’s ability to speak and communicate effectively in a variety of situations
Personal Video Statement5 minutes approx.2 questionsallows one to share additional insights about oneself and showcase one’s unique personality to institutions

Benefits of a high TOEFL score:

  • Exposure to opportunities for getting into most universities all over the world
  • Proves one’s proficiency in the English language
  • Top universities such as Royal Roads in Canada and The University of Western Australia in Perth recognize and accept TOEFL scores
The above information is acquired from the official ETS: TOEFL website. For more information, please contact us or visit the website: https://www.ets.org/toefl.html