Test of English as a Foreign Language, in short TOEFL, is an international standard test of English language for academic purposes, profoundly. This test, which is conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service), mainly measures a person’s four Basic English skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing. They examine and score these four skills separately. However; the test takers are eventually judged based upon their overall score of the four skills combined.
ETS offers the TOEFL in somewhat around 200 countries and territories and 4,300 test centers globally. Each year thousands of students graduating from high school take the test in order to avail their admissions in their favorite college or university around the world. Besides, the test is also taken in some cases for work visas, research purposes, and immigration purposes.
Taking the test costs the candidates around 180 to 250 US dollars varying geographically. They charge you this amount of moneynot only for the sake of the test itself but also for 4 copies of your result report which they will sent to universities and organizations that you select while registering for the test.
TOEFL or TOEFL iBT is mainly taken by students whose native language is not English. However; English native speakers also take the test in a handful of the cases. So, should we expect that native English speakers have to score complete number in the test? Shockingly not. The reason is that TOEFL is not just an English Proficiency test. It, in fact, is a multi-dimensional test.
Besides English language, TOEFL measures other skills such as analytical thoughts, comprehension, and time management. Basically, TOEFL measures how good you communicate in an academic environment such as a university where English is the official language.
What is TOEFL iBT?
ETS launched the TOEFL in the 1960s. Since then, they have developed many versions of the test such as the PBT, CBT, and the iBT. TOEFL iBT is the internet based version which is given on the internet. Here, they score the four Academic skills separately where the reading and listening skills are scored by the computer as far as the questions in these two sections are MCQs, and the speaking and writing sections are scored by language professionals.
The total score of TOEFL iBT is 120, and 100+ is a great score. There is no passing score in the TOEFL test. Hence; whatever you score you will receive your score report from the ETS. However; your success in the test is measured by the requirements of your desired universities and either you hit those requirements or not.
Why is TOEFL-iBT so Important?
One of the most awaited international reports is the “World’s Best University Rankings of the Year”. High School students and university graduates use this annual report in order to choose their desired colleges, universities, and institutes to pursue their higher studies.
As the competition grows for availing admission at such international universities, they tend to choose their best suited candidates from the applications receiving every year by examining their English Language Proficiency (TOEFL) test. In most cases, the very first step for confirming your admission at a well-known university is having a great score of TOEFL. Below, you can see some universities and their minimum TOEFL score required to take admission.
- University of Oxford; 100 minimum – 110+ for particular courses.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); 90 minimum – 100+ for particular courses.
- Princeton University; 100 minimum – 108+ for particular courses.
- Monash University; 85 minimum – 100+ for particular courses.
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University; 85+ for all courses.
- Istanbul University; 75+ for all courses.
- Seoul National University; 80+ for all courses.
In short, around 11,000 universities and Higher Education Institutes in USA, Canada, UK, Australia, all over the Europe, and Asia recognize TOEFL as a standard test of English.
A TOEFL test score is only valid for the duration of 2 years starting from the date the ETS declare your score result. During this period, you must make out the best of your score. Therefore; make sure of the application deadlines of your desired university or college and take the TOEFL test accordingly (better to take it a month or two before the application deadline.).
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How to register for the TOEFL?
Registration for TOEFL test is pretty easy. You can do it by creating an account on the ETS website. After that, you select your test center and test date and confirm your seat by doing the payment (TOEFL FEE). You can also register for TOEFL test by manually going to the test centers where they will ask you to submit a copy of your identity card (preferably passport).
Taking the TOEFL test does not require any sort of official eligibility. But, since, the test fee is a bit high, you would surely need to have quite good command over English language to take the test. Moreover; it is better that you take the test once you graduate high school.
While registering for the test, you will be asked about your full name, address, e-mail id, and an identity proof. Upon your online registration, make sure that the spellings you enter are correct and according to your ID proof. Otherwise; you won’t be allowed to enter the test center on the due test date.
Note: ETS has also launched a COVID19 Version of the TOEFL test where from April 2, 2020, the test takers can do their registrations online and take their TOEFL test at home, provided that they meet the equipment requirements. You can book your seats for the COVID19 Test Edition for the month of June, now.
How is the Test Format/ Pattern/ Structure?
The TOEFL iBT takes around 3 to 3 and a half hour time. Within this period first you have to cover the reading and listening sections, then a compulsory break of 10 minutes, and finally you have to cover the speaking and writing sections.
- The Reading Section: They give you 3 or 4 passages. You have to read them and then answer 30 to 40 MCQs. This section takes from 54 to 72 minutes.
- The Listening Section: They give you 5 to 7 audio files. You have listen to them and then answer 28 to 39 MCQs. This section takes from 41 to 57 minutes.
- The Speaking Section: You have to speak about 4 different tasks given to you, each for a limited amount of time. This section won’t exceed 17 minutes.
- The Writing Section: They give you 2 writing tasks, one taking 20 minutes and the other 30 minutes maximum. You have to finish this section in maximum 50 minutes.
Previously, TOEFL iBT was longer (up to 4 hours). Since August 2019, ETS has shortened it to minimum 3 and maximum 3 and a half hour. Remember, this half an hour extra for some test takers is due to the fact that they might get some extra questions in the reading and listening sections. These extra questions are there for experimental purposes by ETS with the actual tests and therefore, these questions won’t be scored for you. But, you never know which ones they are. So, you don’t want to skip any of the questions and tasks.
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They will always allow you to take down notes during the test either on the computer or on a piece of paper. However; for note-taking purposes the computer is a better option. You will certainly need to take notes for the listening tasks as you will only be allowed to hear the audio files once. Note-taking skill particularly comes in handy in this section.
Note: You can always take a break during the test. But they won’t allow you to stop the timer set for the tasks on your computer. We suggest you take necessary precautions and except for the 10 minutes mandatory break, don’t take any other breaks until you are not completely done with your test.
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