The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, is the most widely accepted and respected test of English as a foreign language in the world, and the most comprehensive English-language test available. Thousands of colleges and universities, especially in the United States, accept it as part of their admission criteria for international applicants for whom English is a second language.
TOEFL measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, heard, read and written in an academic setting. TOEFL is designed for advanced learners who want to prove their ability to function in an English language environment. This English language test is also used by government agencies, international companies, employment agencies and other institutions. TOEFL score is often used as one of the scholarship award criteria.
TOEFL is administered by more than four thousand accredited test centers in hundreds of countries. The majority of test centers nowadays use the TOEFL (iBT) online test. This test, which is taken online, is offered more than fifty times a year. In those regions where the iBT test is not yet available, the paper version of the test is used. This test is taken six times a year.
The TOEFL iBT test measures how well you read, speak, listen and write English, and how well you combine all of these together in order to perform academic tasks. The test is taken in English. It consists of four sections: reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Starting in 2013, the TOEFL iBT includes Enhanced Speaking in the Reading and Listening section. There are linguistic English dialects not only from North America, but from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
There is a ten-minute break. The test takes about four and a half hours. You can take notes, but your notes will be collected after the test.
TOEFL iBT is scored on a scale from zero to one hundred and twenty points, with each section of the test receiving a scaled score. The measured scores are then added together to determine the overall score. No passing score: Each university or program sets its own TOEFL score requirements.
The test cost varies depending on the test venue you choose. TOEFL scores are valid for two years. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but no more than once a week.