The TOEFL measures how well you read, listen, speak and write in English and use these skills together in the university classroom. For example, you might read a passage or listen to a lecture, and then write or speak about what you learned. You can take the Internet-based Test (iBT) or the Paper-based Test (PBT), depending on which format is offered at your chosen test center. You would be required to take the TOEFL test, If you are planning to study at colleges and universities where the medium of instruction is English. TOEFL is used for admissions to the top colleges and universities around the world including those based in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency. TOEFL offers the iBT-Internet Based Test in most locations and where this is not available it offers Paper Based Tests to applicants.
TOEFL Score Format
The maximum score achievable in TOEFL is 120. The Reading and Listening sections are scored by a computer. In the Speaking Section, Each of the 6 tasks is rated from 0 to 4, The average is then converted to a scaled score of 0 to 30. A score below 9 is considered a Weak, a score in the 10-17 range is considered as a Limited speaking ability score, score in the 18 to 25 range is considered a fair score and a score higher than 25 is considered a Good score. The Writing Section comprises of 2 tasks which are rated from 0 to 5, the average is then converted to a scaled score of 0 to 30. A score below 16 implies limited writing skills, a score between 17 and 23 implies fairly good writing skills and a score higher than 23 implies good writing skills.
In the Reading section which is scored on 30, any score below 14 is a low score whereas any score above 22 is a high score. In the Listening section which is also scored on 30, any score below 14 is a low score whereas any score above 22 is a high score.
TOEFL Test Format
TOEFL comprises of 4 sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and writing sections. The Reading section will have 3 to 5 passages from academic texts; approximately 700 words long with 12 to 14 questions per passage. The duration is of 60 to 100 minutes during which a total of 36 to 70 questions need to be answered. The Score scale for this section is 0 to 30.
Listening section will have 4 to 6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; each 3 to 5 minutes long with 6 questions in each lecture. This section also includes 2 to 3 conversations, each 3 minutes long with 5 questions each. This section is of duration 60 to 90 minutes during which 34 to 51 questions need to be answered. The Score scale for this section is 0 to 30. After a break of 10 minutes, the Speaking section follows. This comprises of 2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic and 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to. The duration of this section is 20 minutes for 6 tasks with a score scale of 0 to 4 points converted to a 0 to 30 Score scale. Lastly, TOEFL has a Writing section with 2 tasks. Applicants need to write 1 task based on what is read and listened to and the other 1 task is to support an opinion on a topic. These 2 tasks need to be completed in 50 minutes and will be scored on a 0 to 5 points basis converted to 0-30 score scale. Total TOEFL score will be in the 0 to 120 range.
TOEFL Costs applicable
$165: TOEFL test registration fees
$25: Additional Late registration fees
$50: Rescheduling fee