Purpose of TOEFL
Academic language is often dense and formal, so even people who’ve studied English for many years can struggle in an English academic environment, so the TOEFL exam focuses on how English is used in an academic setting, which is why schools and universities use TOEFL scores for admissions purposes. The reading passages in the TOEFL use formal, academic language and high-level vocabulary rather than casual or conversational English.
Typically, those who take the TOEFL want to attend university or graduate school abroad. But anyone who needs to demonstrate a mastery of English for an academic purpose can take the TOEFL. This includes anyone applying to a foreign high school, exchange program, community college, or for a student visa.
Exam formatTOEFL is written in two different formats; the Internet Based Test which is given in English and administered
via the internet taking about 3 hours total for the 4 sections of the test
(Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing).
|Reading||54-12 minutes||30–40 questions||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.|
|Listening||41–57 minutes||28–39 questions||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.|
|Speaking||17 minutes||4 tasks||Express an opinion on a familiar topic speak based on reading and listening tasks.|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks||Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.|
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FAQsSome of our frequently asked questions.
How do I know what an institution's score requirements are?
Each institution sets its own score requirements. If you're applying for postgraduate studies, find out if your institution requires other tests, such as the GRE® (Graduate Record Examinations®) test.
How often is the test given
The TOEFL iBT test is given on fixed dates, more than 50 times a year. You get to select your test date and location.
Why should I choose the TOEFL test over another test?
Compared to other English-language tests, the TOEFL test includes a number of advantages that will help you stand out from other applicants.
What is the best way to prepare for the TOEFL test?
Practising your English reading, listening, speaking and writing skills as much as possible will help you feel prepared and confident on test day. We offer resources to make it easier. Because ETS is the maker of the TOEFL test, we are the only source for authentic sample questions.