Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is also an English language proficiency test which is conducted to test and analyze how well the non-native English speakers are able to communicate. TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language; it is developed and conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS). TOEFL is accepted by many English speaking academic universities and professional institutions.
Most of the universities and institutions in the US and Canada require TOEFL score for enrolling a non-native English speaker in their academic year. TOEFL score is accepted in some other countries as well, it depends on their visa application and the education process they follow.
Some government agencies who give scholarship programs also prefer TOEFL scores to understand and evaluate the language proficiency of the candidates who are not English language speakers.
Test Format and Structure
The TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The structure of the TOEFL iBT is as follows:
|Speaking||20 min||6 tasks|
|Writing||50 min||2 tasks|
|Reading||3-5 passages from academic texts; approx 700 word long with 12-14 questions per passage.||0-30|
|Listening||4-6 lectures, each 3-5 min long; 6 questions each. 2-3 conversations, each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each.||0-30|
|Speaking||2 tasks to express an opinion on a topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to||0-30|
|Writing||1 task to write based on what is read or listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.||0-30|
Validity of TOEFL Exam
2 years from the test date
TOEFL Exam Fees
TOEFL Exam Fee is US$ 170 (ranging between Rs. 11,000 to Rs. 11,500.)