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TOEFL

What is TOEFL?

The most common confusion among students. Is it TOFEL or TOEFL?  Let’s get it straight once and for all – the correct term is TOEFL. 

TOEFL:
Test of English as a Foreign Language

Website:
 www.toefl.org
 www.ets.org

Students who wish to study both undergraduate and post graduate studies in the USA, and Canada generally take the TOEFL test. TOEFL is accepted by all Universities in the UK and specific Institutions in countries like Singapore.

All about TOEFL

TOEFL Administrator:

Education Testing Service

 

Skills Tested in TOEFL:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing

 

TOEFL Test Types:

  • Internet-based Test (iBT) – In India
  • Paper-based Test (PBT)
  • In India we only have Internet Based Test for TOEFL

 

TOEFL Registration:

  • Online – 24 Hours / 7 days a week
  • Other modes of registration – Phone and Mail

 

ILW offers free help in registering you for TOEFL. Simply walk in or call us at +91 9820864001

 

TOEFL Test Duration:

  • Internet-based Test (iBT)
  • 3 Hours 20 Minutes to 4 Hours 20 Minutes (Excluding Break Time)

 

TOEFL Score Validity:

2 Years

 

TOEFL Score Range:

Internet-based Test (iBT) – Total score of 120 (0 to 30 in each four sections in 1 point increment)

 

TOEFL Offered:

iBT: In India we have the Internet Based Test for TOEFL which is conducted more than 50 times a year

 

TOEFL Test Centers:

  • 4500 Centers in 165 Countries
  • More than 60 Centers in India

 

TOEFL Exam Fees:

  • USD 170
  • A quick glance at the other charges you may come across during your TOEFL

 

Particulars Fees
Late Registration USD 40
Rescheduling USD 60
Reinstatement of Cancelled Scores USD 20
Additional Report per University USD 19
Speaking or Writing Section Review USD 80 each

 

Note:

The Fee in USD is subjected to change without notice.

 

TOEFL Forms:

Forms are available at USEFI (US Education Foundation in India) or they can be downloaded from the website

 

TOEFL Requirements for Phone / Fax Registration:

Name as in the Passport, Address, Credit Card Number, Name of the Cardholder, Expiry date of the card. (The card has to be an International Card)

 

TOEFL Score:

Approx. 10 days after the Exam

 

TOEFL Grades Used by:

Over 9000 Universities / Institutions in over 130 Countries

TOEFL – Format & Timing

TOEFL Internet-Based Test:

The four-hour test consists of four sections, each measuring one of the basic language skills (while some tasks require integrating multiple skills), and all tasks focus on language used in an academic, higher-education environment. Note-taking is allowed during the TOEFL iBT test. The test cannot be taken more than once every 12 days.

 

Format of TOEFL test
Section Questions Testing Time Score Scale
Reading 3 – 5 passages with 12 to 14 questions each 60-100 minutes 0-30
Listening 6 – 9 passages with 5 to 6 questions each 60-90 minutes 0-30
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks 20 minutes 0-4 points converted to
0-30 score scale
Writing 2 tasks 50 minutes 0-5 points converted to
0-30 score scale
Total 0-120 Approx

 

Reading section in TOEFL iBT test:

This section is very similar to the RC section in GRE, with the only difference being that this one is VERY simple. There can be two formats in Reading: Short format or Long format.

Short format consists of 3 passages each approximately 700 words in length and with 12-14 questions and overall time is 60 minutes. The passages are on academic topics -Long format is 100 minutes duration and has 5 passages each approximately 700 words in length and with 12-14 questions. Of the 5 passages only 3 will be evaluated to get your score, the other 2 are experimental and do not matter at all. However, you have no idea which ones will matter and which ones won’t, so you have to give your best in all.

 

Listening section in TOEFL iBT test:

In this section you have to listen to entire conversations (A conversation involves two speakers, a student and either a professor or a campus service provider) or lectures at one go (which can be very boring). Again there can be two formats: Short or Long

-Short format consists of two conversations and four lectures each having 5-6 questions. Overall duration is 25-30 minutes.

-Long format consists of three conversations and six lectures each having 5-6 questions, of which two conversations and four lectures only will contribute to your score. The remaining are redundant but again you are kept in the dark about this, so give your best in all. Overall duration is 100 minutes.
NOTE: If you get Short format in Reading, you will get Long format in Listening or the other way round.

 

Speaking section in TOEFL iBT test:

Speaking sections tests the ability to communicate in English in an academic setting. It has six tasks. Tasks 1 & 2 will prompt you to speak on some familiar topic like a personal experience. You are given 10-15 seconds to think and another 30 seconds to speak on each of the questions. Tasks 3 & 4 require you to read a paragraph, followed by listening to a short conversation and then respond to a question about what you read and heard. In the next two questions you have to listen to an audio clip, remember the important points in it and then answer the questions based on it in 45-60 seconds. Overall duration of this section is 20 minutes.

 

Writing section in TOEFL iBT test:

Although this is quite a different section, it should be comfortable section for those who have already appeared for GRE. You are required to write two essays: Integrated Essay and Independent Essay.

Integrated Essay: You have to read on an academic topic for two minutes and listen to a speaker discuss the same topic for the next few minutes. You get 20 minutes to plan, write an revise an essay of around 150-225 words based on what you read and listened. The earlier paragraph is also made available to you while you write. However, the audio clip is available only once.

Independent Essay: In the independent task, you must write an essay that states, explains, and supports your opinion on an issue, supporting your opinions or choices, rather than simply listing personal preferences or choices. You are given 30 minutes for writing this in about 300-350 words.

TOEFL iBT – Test Location & Dates

You can register for your TOEFL Exam online 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.  However the examination date is subjected to availability. We always recommend our students to book in advance.

ILW offers free help in registering you for TOEFL. Simply walk in or call us at +91 9820864001

TOEFL has more than 4500 centers world-wide in 165 countries. In India alone we have more than 60 Centers.

 

Centers in which one can apply for TOEFL iBT Exam:

Ahmedabad Allahabad Bangalore Bardoli
Bengaluru Bhopal Bhubaneshwar Kolkata
Chandigarh UT Chennai Cochin Coimbatore
Dehradun Delhi Fatehpur Gandhinagar
Guindy, Chennai Guntur Gurgaon Gwalior
Hyderabad Indore Jabalpur Jaipur
Jalandhar Jodhpur Kolathur, Chennai Kolhapur
Kollam Kothrood, Pune Kottakkal Kottayam
Kurukshetra Liluah, Howrah Madurai Mumbai
Mussorie Mysore Nagpur Nashik
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad Nizamabad Noida Panjim
Patna Prakasam Dist. Pune Puthencruz
Rajamundry Rajkot Ranchi Surat
Thrissur Trichy Trivandrum Udaipur
Vadodara Vallbh Vidyanagar Vijayawada Visakhapatnam
Warangal

TOEFL iBT Scoring & Results

Once done with your TOEFL – you can expect the score approximately after 10 days. 

The Scores in TOEFL iBT are based on your performance in four sections – Reading, Listening, Speaking & Writing.   The Exam is scored out of a 120. The student must answer atleast one question in Reading, Listening and Speaking Section along with writing atleast one essay to receive an official score.

You can take the test as many times as you want, however there has to be a gap of 12 days. You may take the TOEFL iBT test only once in any twelve-day period, even if you took the test and cancelled your scores. If you test more than once in a twelve-day period, your new scores will not be reported and your test fee will not be refunded.

If the test is taken more than once, all the TOEFL scores and the dates are sent to the universities. TOEFL scores can be cancelled before coming out of the test.

 

Score Format of TOEFL iBT test
Section Testing Time Score Scale
Reading 60-100 minutes 0-30
Listening 60-90 minutes 0-30
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 0-4 points converted to
0-30 score scale
Writing 50 minutes 0-5 points converted to
0-30 score scale
Total 0-120 Approx

 

The ETS uses both human raters as well as automated scoring methods to ensure a accurate pictures of the test taker. To maintain the security and integrity of the scores, the scores are not maintained by the test Center; it is administered at a centralized network. More than 9000 Universities & Institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL Scores.

One online score report and 1 paper copy, if requested is provided to the Test Taker.  The paper copy will be provided only upon request.  The request can be made at the time of registration or up to 3 PM (local test center time) on the day test as well. Students can also download a PDF Score report Online.

 

Reporting to universities:

  • Up to four official score reports can be sent to the mentioned list of Institutions and Universities given by the Test Taker at the time of registration without any additional charge.
  • Additional reports can be ordered online wherein the reports are mailed after 3 – 5 days of the request and payment of USD 19 per report

Cancellation / Rescheduling / Retake the TOEFL iBT Exam

Cancellation of TOEFL iBT Exam – 

  • In case of cancellation, you must intimate the authority’s fours full days before hand.
  • The test can be cancelled either online or by reporting it to the test centre in person. No cancellations are allowed by mail or email to the Test Centre.
  • If the cancellation is intimidated before the deadline (Four full days), half of the original amount will be refunded to the student.
  • The refund amount will be credited to the original debit/credit card used to pay the Exam Fees – Cash refunds are not available.
  • Refunds will not be provided if proper registration procedures were not followed or the required identification was not presented at the test Centre.

 

Rescheduling of TOEFL iBT Exam – 

  • In case of change of date, you must intimate the authority’s fours full days before hand.
  • The test can be rescheduled either online or by reporting it to the test centre in person. No alterations in the test date are allowed by mail or email to the Test Centre.
  • If the rescheduling is intimidated before the deadline (Four full days), the student has to pay additional USD 60 before they can register for the new date.

 

TOEFL iBT Exam Retakes-

  • You can take the test as many times as you want, however there has to be a gap of 12 days. You may take the TOEFL iBT test only once in any twelve-day period, even if you took the test and cancelled your scores.
  • All the TOEFL scores and the dates are sent to the universities. TOEFL scores can be cancelled before coming out of the test. – it is advisable to be well prepared in the first attempt itself.

Quick Tips on TOEFL from ILW

Ideal score in TOEFL iBT :

TOEFL score of 100 and above should be targeted. Generally, we recommend scoring a 102 in TOEFL iBT. The minimum you must score in TOEFL is 79, failing which you must appear for the test again

 

Is sending the score compulsory while making applications to Universities?

No. It is nice to have a TOEFL score beforehand if you have planned your applications. However, you can finish with your applications to Universities and then report your TOEFL score online. Many Universities across Europe and Asia can even issue conditional admissions offer based on the condition of achieving a relevant TOEFL score.

Is TOEFL necessary if you are appearing for GRE or GMAT which includes English?

Yes. TOEFL is a standalone requirement to test your English language proficiency and the English of GRE and GMAT cannot replace taking the TOEFL test. Universities abroad will require a TOEFL score if they have advised taking one on their admissions requirement section.

How long does it take to prepare for TOEFL iBT test?

Some students take 5 days to prepare for TOEFL test while some may take even 30 days. We recommend preparing for at least 2 weeks for your TOEFL test.

 

Coaching and training for TOEFL is available at ILW. To register, contact +91 9820864001

ILW’s TOEFL iBT Coaching in Mumbai

Quick facts on coaching:

  • Small student batches
  • Flexible timings – you can select during the week, in the weekends, in the evenings
  • Coaching can run from two weeks to 1 month (generally twice or thrice a week)
  • Additional hours are provided for students who cannot cope with the learning
  • Study material is provided
  • Free help with TOEFL registration is provided
  • Fast track coaching is available where you can be prepared for the test within 10 days