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The TOEFL® test - everything you need to know

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  1. What is it?
  2. Why should I TOEFL To do a test?
  3. Where is it accepted?
  4. How is it formatted?
  5. Where can i take it?
  6. How much does it cost?
  7. How is it scored?
  8. How can I prepare?
  9. Book a test

1. What is the TOEFL iBT® Test?

The TOEFL® test is an internationally recognized test that measures the ability of non-native speakers to use and understand English at university level.

If you are studying at an English-speaking university or want to complete a program taught in English, most universities and schools must provide evidence as part of their application that they have sufficient English language skills to successfully participate in the coursework.

The TOEFL iBT test is one of the most widely used methods of demonstrating proficiency in English.

Learn more about which schools accept TOEFL scores.

2. Why should I take the TOEFL test?

The TOEFL iBT test offers you several advantages. It helps you get noticed by admissions officers as the test measures academic English proficiency as it is actually used in the classroom. Plus, you'll arrive on campus better prepared than others, knowing that the fair and unbiased TOEFL iBT score is a real representation of your skills.

The TOEFL iBT test has also added a few enhancements that allow for a better testing experience, including a shorter test, an updated registration page, MyBest ™ scores, a free full-length practice test, faster scores reporting, expanded online registration, and the official one TOEFL app. and more.

3. Where are TOEFL scores accepted?

TOEFL iBT scores are accepted by more than 11,000 universities and higher education institutions in over 150 countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US, the UK, and across Europe and Asia. You can use the TOEFL Goal Finder to confirm that the universities you are interested in accept TOEFL iBT scores and to see what their demands on the scores are.

Preferred in the USA

9 out of 10 universities in the US prefer the TOEFL test over other English-language tests. [1] Additionally, US universities receive more TOEFL scores than all other English-language tests combined. [2]

More popular in Canada

More than 80% of graduate programs in Canada prefer the TOEFL test over other English language tests. [3] Canadian universities receive more TOEFL scores than all other English-language tests combined. [4]

100% accepted in Australia and New Zealand

TOEFL iBT scores are accepted by all Australian and New Zealand universities and for all Australian and New Zealand immigrants.

More popular in France and Germany

French and German universities prefer the TOEFL test and get more TOEFL scores than any other English language test. [5]

Widely used in the UK

100% of universities in the UK accept TOEFL iBT scores, including the Russell Group elite universities which are a fair and unbiased alternative.

4. How is the TOEFL iBT test structured?

The TOEFL iBT test is conducted on a computer in a secure, authorized TOEFL iBT test center. The test measures all four levels of English and takes about 3 hours. The four sections are as follows:

Read(54 - 72 minutes)

Read passages and answer questions

Listen(41 - 57 minutes)

Listen to lectures and conversations and answer questions

~ 10 minutes break ~

Speak(17 minutes)

Speak into a microphone on familiar topics and discuss material that you have read and heard about

Write(50 minutes)

Read a passage, listen to a recording, and enter your written answer

5. Where can I get the TOEFL iBT- To do a test?

The TOEFL iBT test is offered over 60 times a year in secure, ETS-authorized test centers around the world. There are more than 3,000 TOEFL testing centers worldwide, and you can use the official TOEFL website to find one near you.

You can also choose to take the test from home using the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. Test appointments are available around the clock, 4 days a week.

Registration begins 5-6 months before each test date. It is highly recommended that you register early to ensure you have a seat for your desired date and location.

6. How much does the TOEFL iBT test cost?

The testing fee varies depending on where you are taking the test, but is usually between USD 180 and $ 325. This includes your registration fee, your assessment report, and 4 assessment reports that will be sent to institutions of your choosing. Additional fees apply for late registration, rescheduling, and cancellation of a test.

Click here to find the TOEFL iBT® test centers and dates.

7. How is the TOEFL test assessed?

Each of the four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) is graded from 0 to 30, with the total score for the entire test ranging from 0 to 120. You can view your unofficial reading and listening results at the end of the test.

Your official results will be available to you approx. 6 days after taking the test and are valid for 2 years.

Your rating report will also automatically include MyBest® ratings, which are the combination of the highest ratings for each section from all of your valid tests over the past two years.

If you get a score that doesn't meet the requirements of the school of your choice, or if you just want to get a better score, you can take the test as many times as you want - there are unlimited repetitions. There is a 3-day waiting period between tests so that testing can be carried out on consecutive weekends if necessary.

In addition, as part of your test registration, you have the option of selecting up to 4 institutions to which your TOEFL iBT test results will be automatically sent. This is especially useful in situations where the test was taken just before the university's application deadline - it can help speed up the process.

Please note: The requirements for the TOEFL iBT score are determined by the individual schools. So always check the school's website!

8. How can I prepare?

Prepare for success with these official resources:

  • The official guide to the TOEFL iBT® test : The best-selling, comprehensive, all-in-one reference with 4 complete hands-on tests and skill building tips
  • TOEFL ® Test Preparation: The Insider's Guide : A free 6 week self-paced course where you can improve your skills, learn tips and strategies, and interact with other students
  • TOEFLiBT ® Free Practice Test : Try real test questions from all 4 sections
  • TOEFL ® Practice online : Simulates the real one TOEFL iBT- Test and you will receive results and feedback on all 4 skills within 24 hours
  • Official TOEFL iBT ® tests with audio : Practice with 5 actual tests and all audio passages
  • TOEFL go! ® Official App : Practice tests, official tips, and more

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This guide was developed in collaboration with ETS, the providers of the TOEFL iBT® test.

The TOEFL iBT®- Test is a product of ETS, a non-profit organization with more than 60 years of experience helping to improve quality and equity in education around the world. His mission is to develop and run tests that will enable students like you to achieve their dreams anywhere in the world.

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1 survey of 94 US university admissions officers who accept both TOEFL and IELTS scores and express a preference.

2 Interviewed 329 US university admissions officers

3 Interviewed 44 Canadian university admissions officers

4 Interviewed 107 Canadian university admissions officers

5 Survey of 59 admissions officers at French universities and 100 admissions officers at German universities