Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL Overview

What Is the TOEFL Test?

The Test of English as a Foreign Languageā„¢ (TOEFL) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.

The Computer-based TOEFL Test

The computer-based TOEFL test measures English language proficiency in the following areas:
+ Listening
+ Structure
+ Reading
+ Writing.

New TOEFL will be introduced w.e.f. April 2006 where in structure would be eliminated & speaking will be included.
What is the test like?

The test includes four sections, plus computer tutorials and a break. It takes between 3.5 and 4 four hours to complete everything.

Section Time Limit No. of Questions

+ Tutorials 30 minutes
+ Listening 40-60 minutes 30-50
+ Structure 15-20 minutes 20-25
+ Break 5 minutes
+ Reading 70-90 minutes 44-55
+ Writing 30 minutes 1 topic

What am I tested on in each section?

Listening measures the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America.Structure measures the ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English.

Reading measures the ability to understand short passages similar in topic and style to academic texts used in colleges and universities.
Writing measures the ability to write in English on an assigned topic.


What is the score scale for the computer-based test?
Section Score Scale
+ Listening 0-30
+ Structure/Writing 0-30
+ Reading 0-30
+ Total 0-300
+ Essay (on a separate scale)0-6

How long will my score be valid?

For two years after the test date. Scores more than two years old are not reported.

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