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Everything that you want to know about TOEFL iBT

February 10, 2013 in Test Prep, TOEFL


Q 1- Who conducts the TOEFL?
The TOEFL examination is conducted by Educational Testing Service ( a more than 60 year old, non-profit organisation based in US.

Q 2- What is TOEFL?
TOEFL is Test Of English as Foreign Language, it is used to measure an individual’s proficiency in English and evaluates him/her on his listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. The TOEFL test measures integrated skills needed to succeed in a classroom.

Q 3- How many times in the year is the TOEFL iBT held? Where can one write the TOEFL?
Testing dates for the TOEFL examination are approximately 38-40 times a year. This test is held at more than 4,500 testing centres in more than 165 countries. In India it is held at 40 centres spread across the country.

Q 4- What is the fee for examination?
The cost of the test can range from US$160 to US$250 and varies between countries. Registration closes seven days before your test date.But you can go for late registrations also, which gets closed three days before your test date (not including the day of the test) and a late fee of US$35 is charged.

Q 5- How to register?
Registrations are done 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the website “”, but be sure to spell your name exactly as it appears on the identification you will bring on test day.You can pay with a credit/debit card: American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard® or VISA® and you can also use an electronic check (e-check) if you have a bank account in the United States or its territories.

Q 6- When is the right time to take the test?
Students can take the the exam when required but we would encourage them to take the exam with complete preparation since it tests you on the four aspects of Language, time should be devoted on its preparation as well.

Q 7- Is TOEFL an online test?
There are two kinds of format of TOEFL tests Paper based Test (PBT) and Internet Based Test (iBT), The PBT is offered in locations where the TOEFL iBT test is not available, at 90% of the locations iBT is offered. In India, only TOEFL iBT is offered.

Q 8- How long does the TOEFL take to complete?
It takes almost four hours to complete the test, So complete testing process can be finished in half a day.

Q 9- What is considered a good score in TOEFL? Which universities recognise TOEFL scores, and for which programmes? What is the cut-off score required by top universities?
Institutions set their own individual cut off TOEFL scores. ETS does not set scores. It just reports what you scored in the test, More than 8,500 institutions worldwide accept the TOEFL test. It is one of the the most widely accepted forms of English-language assessment.

Q 10- How is the test scored?
The TOEFL iBT test provides scores as Reading (0-30), Listening (0-30), Speaking (0-30), Writing (0-30), Thus total score is between 0-120. The total score is the sum of the four skill scores.

Q 11- How long does it take for results to be declared? How long is it valid?
It takes ETS 14 to 18 days to report the scores and test scores are valid for two years.

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