What is the TOEFL?
TOEFL stands for ‘Test of English as a Foreign Language’. Traditionally the TOEFL is offered in two modes — paper-based (where internet connectivity is very poor) and internet-based or iBT. In India, the internet-based test is in vogue, with the test being conducted in major cities on pre-scheduled dates.
Registering for the TOEFL
The easiest and most convenient method to register for the TOEFL is by visiting the official website. Step-by-step instructions are provided on how to create a profile and register for the test.
Students can register for a test on a date of their choice from the list of available dates listed on the official website.
The fee for the test varies from country to country and is regularly updated. Students are advised to visit the official website for the latest fee information. Currently the TOEFL fee varies from $160 to $250.
Structure of the TOEFL
The TOEFL combines the following skills — listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test is for a duration of around 4 to 4.5 hours with a 10-minute break in between. The order of the test modules is as follows:
- Reading: 36 to 56 questions — read 3 or 4 passages and answer questions based on the passages.
- Listening: 34 to 51 questions — listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, and then answer questions.
- Speaking: Speak on a prescribed topic.
- Writing: Write essays on the prescribed topic; the topic is generally linked to the content used in the reading and listening modules.
Each module of the test is for a maximum of 30 marks; so students may secure a total score of anywhere from 0 to 120. In addition to a numerical score value; performance feedback on the modules is also provided. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test.
Official score reports will be sent to designated recipients as indicated by students approximately 13 days after they take the test.