TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most popular English proficiency exam accepted at North American universities. TOEFL tests the international students’ usage and understanding of North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. The TOEFL test is developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), which sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report.
Often, students are confused if they need to prepare only for TOEFL or other exams are also required for admission to the US and Canadian universities. How many exams you need to prepare completely depends on the type of course you are applying to. For all undergraduate courses in the US and some in Canada, you need to prepare for SAT. For MBA courses GMAT scores are a requirement; similarly, for MS courses GRE scores are relevant. Along with all these exams, you have to take either IELTS or TOEFL.
TOEFL test is conducted round the year and has more than 50 test dates per year. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but to take a re-test you have to wait for a 12-day period after attempting the first test.
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The registration fee for TOEFL is $170, which would roughly translate to Rs. 11,000 to 11,500 (approx).
TOEFL exam pattern is as follow – four sections, namely, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing – along with the total score. It goes without saying that the more you practice TOEFL sample papers, the better your scores will be.
The total score is the sum of the scores of the four skill areas. Scores will be posted online 10 days after the test date. ETS will send up to four official score reports directly to the institutions the student selects.
|Reading||60–80 minutes||36–56 questions||Reading 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answering questions.|
|Listening||60–90 minutes||34–51 questions||Listening to lectures, classroom discussions, and converTOEFLions, and then answering questions.|
|Speaking||20 minutes||6 tasks||Expressing your opinion on a familiar topic and speaking based on reading and listening tasks.|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks||Writing essay responses based on reading and listening tasks, along with supporting an opinion in writing.|
Verbal Ability Lectures:
For calculating TOEFL scores, both human raters and automated scoring methods are used. This is done in order to offer a complete and accurate picture of the candidate’s ability. While the automated scoring method has the advantage of being unbiased, it does not measure the effectiveness of the language and content. Human raters are required to attend to a wider variety of features, such as the quality of ideas and content as well as form.
|Section||Score Range||Mean Scores*|
*Source – ETS
Verbal Ability Lectures:
The TOEFL iBT test is administered online and is conducted on more than 50 dates per year at authorized test centers in India. To find available test centers and dates, you will have to create a TOEFL iBT account. When you click “Register for a Test”, you will be able to see the available dates and test centers.
You don’t have to register for TOEFL to see available centers and dates, you only need to log into your account. Since you can choose whichever date convenient to you, you can plan your test preparation for TOEFL accordingly. Be sure of when to start preparing
You will also get an option to choose the timings of the TOEFL exam. You can choose a morning slot or the evening slot.
When you register for TOEFL test, you will have to provide authentic identification information. This information should match the identification document you will be carrying on your exam day (which is a passport in case of Indian applicants). Make sure you spell your name exactly as it appears on your passport.
TOEFL registration is a fairly simple and uncomplicated process. The candidates have the liberty of taking the exam anytime in the year as per their convenience. The important thing to note is that the candidates can reschedule their next attempt only after 31 days of taking the first attempt. A candidate is only allowed five attempts in one year.
In person – You can register in person at a master TOEFL Resource Center. Here is the address:
2 Floor, DLF Infinity Tower-A
DLF City,Gurgaon – 122002
By phone – Go through the registration form before you call. Spell your name correctly and exactly as it appears on your passport. Call the Regional Registration Center on this number – 91-124-4147700. Pay with credit/debit card as directed. Registration closes seven days before your test date.
By mail – Download and print the registration form. Then fill out the form. Spell your name exactly as it appears on the identification you will bring on the test day. Send the form with your payment to the address on the form or to the Gurgaon center address, mentioned above. Forms must be received at least four weeks before your test date