TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an English Proficiency test, conducted to evaluate the English speaking and understanding ability of a candidate. TOEFL is accepted as proof of English proficiency in 9,000 colleges, universities and organisations and other TOEFL participating institutes across 130 countries in the World. TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year by Educational Testing Service (ETS) – a US-based non-profit organisation.

TOEFL test pattern:

  • TOEFL has essentially two versions:
    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test). And,
    • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test).

Both the versions of TOEFL test has four sections- Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing and takes about 4-hours to complete. Candidates can retake the TOEFL test as many times as they wish. It uses both human raters and automated scoring methods for evaluating a candidate's responses.

Conducting Authority: Educational Testing Service (ETS)

TOEFL Registration: While there are four ways to get TOEFL Registration -Online, by mail, by phone and in person – the majority of candidates apply for TOEFL online.

Test Scores: The TOEFL score requirements are set by individual educational institutions. The total TOEFL test score is between 0–120. TOEFL Test Results are valid for two years after the test date and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test. TOEFL test scores are posted online within 2-weeks of the test date.

TOEFL Scholarship: TOEFL scholarship is awarded for achieving academic excellence and demonstrating English-communication proficiency. Test takers from Mainland China, India, Japan, Korea or Taiwan are eligible for the TOEFL scholarship.

The cost of Test: The current fee for TOEFL registration is $170.