TOEFL IBT Test
What is Toefl?
About the TOEFL iBT Test
The TOEFL iBT test, administered via the internet, is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country. In addition to the test, the ETS TOEFL Program provides tools and guides to help you prepare for the test and improve your English-language skills. The TOEFL test is taken by students who are interested in furthering their academic careers and want to demonstrate a proficiency in North American English. The competitiveness of school admissions dictates a good TOEFL score as a minimum to even be considered by some colleges. The TOEFL test covers 3 content areas: Writing, Reading, and Listening. You will not find social studies, chemistry, physics and biology on the TOEFL, unless a few of these topics are covered indirectly on the sections.
What Is the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
There are two formats for the TOEFL test. The format you take depends on the location of your test center. Most test takers take the TOEFL iBT test. Test centers that do not have Internet access offer the Paper-based Test (PBT).
The TOEFL questions are set up within a 4 cycle mini-test format. A total test time 3 hours and 30 minutes should be allowed to complete the TOEFL test. You are allowed to answer each section without time constraints within the TOEFL test.
Question 1:What is the maximum amount of time allowed to take the TOEFL test?
Answer:You are allowed a total time of 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the TOEFL test.
Question 2:How do I prepare for the time constraints on the TOEFL test? What is TOEFL test?
Answer:Allow each question/essay a reasonable amount of time and thought. Treat each question with the same level of difficulty. Don't start to panic and begin to rush through the questions. Review the time constraints identified under the TOEFL breakdown chart.
Question 3:What study aides have you found that help you understand the format better?
Answer:The link on the right of this page offers valuable help with the TOEFL format.
Question 4:Is there any penalty for guessing on the TOEFL test?
Answer:No. Select one answer per question. Do not leave questions blank.
Who Takes the TOEFL iBT Test?Each year, nearly a million individuals of all ages take the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. More than 25 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test since it was first offered. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.
- Students planning to study at a higher education institution
- English-language learning program admissions and exit
- Scholarship and certification candidates
- English-language learners who want to track their progress
- Students and workers applying for visas
Who Accepts TOEFL iBT Test Scores?
More than 8,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:
- Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
- Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
- Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English
Where and When Can I Take the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL test has more test dates (30–40) and locations (4,500 test centers in 165 countries) than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish.
What Resources Can Help Me Prepare for the TOEFL iBT Test?
ETS offers a variety of paid and free preparation materials to help you get ready for the TOEFL test.
What Does the TOEFL iBT Test Cost?The cost of the test can range from US$150 to US$225 and varies between countries. For information on registration, fees, test dates, locations and formats.
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