Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an English language test that accesses your English capabilities and is accepted by American and Canadian universities and schools abroad. This test is used as an admission criterion by the universities abroad for non-native students and aspirants. ETS (Educational Testing Services) conducts TOEFL test and is in charge of deciding TOEFL questions, supervising and organizing the test. 

TOEFL test is organized in two formats, via TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test) and TOEFL Paper-delivered test. 98.5% of the candidates prefer giving test through TOEFL iBT as it is more convenient and uses less resources. Only those locations which have network issues give the test through TOEFL Paper-delivered test.  

Also, because of the current health conditions (pandemic), ETS has come up with TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. It is a convenient and safe option for students who are not able to give the test at the test center. You can give the test from anywhere in the world except for the mainland China or Iran as their TOEFL iBT test center are open. You can give the test at your home through your own desktop/laptop computer (with working camera, microphones & speakers), monitored by a human proctor online via ProctorU. The test has two-step registration process and your scores (result) will be valid for 2 years.

Following are the reasons for why you should choose TOEFL- 

    • TOEFL is recognized and preferred by most of the universities in the world. 
    • Around 10,000 universities in 130 countries accept TOEFL as an English-language test for study. All the top 100 universities in the world accept TOEFL. 
    • TOEFL has a standardised structure which has four distinct sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. 
    • Test centers for TOEFL are everywhere in the world and it is very easy to book a TOEFL test.
    • You are not limited to one test date as there are 50 TOEFL iBT test dates every year.
    • Since TOEFL is so popular all around the world, there are a lot of study material sources from which you can prepare for the test very conveniently. 
    • TOEFL is considered as a fair and a well-balanced test by both students and teachers.



ID documents must meet all the conditions given below. Each ID document will require
  • An original and valid document (photocopies and expired documents will be unacceptable)
  • A recent, identifiable photograph
  • A government-issued and recognized state/province/national identity card of your country where you are a citizen or resident.
  • Signature (the name on the ID and the signature name should match)
Note– Candidates with age 15 or younger can be accompanied by a parent or an adult (18 years old or above) to sign and finish a release form at the test centre. 

Item Fees
Registration Vary with tests location
Late Registration USD 40
Re-scheduling USD 60
Re-instatement of cancelled scores USD 20
Additional Score Reports (per institution or agency) USD 20 each
Speaking & Writing section score review USD 160
Speaking OR Writing section score review USD 80
Returned Payment USD 20

You can always reschedule or cancel the registration before 4 full days before your actual test. The fee for rescheduling the test is US$60. Also, you are allowed to reschedule or cancel the test only via your ETS account or by phone.  It will not be accepted if you will do it by mail, email or at the test centre.

Section Order Time Duration (4 hours) No. of Questions Elements
Reading 1 60 – 80 min. 30 – 40 ques. Reading and answering questions from the academic passages
Listening 2 60 – 90 min. 28 – 38 ques. Listening and answering questions about lectures, conversations, classroom discussions
BREAK 3 10 min.
Speaking 4 20 min. 6 tasks Expressing opinions on a familiar topic, campus conditions, and academic course content
Writing 5 50 min. 2 tasks Writing one essay based on reading and listening tasks and another based on your opinion

It is always better and helpful to know what your test day will be like and what will be expected from you. Following are some tips for you to keep in mind before, on and after the test day.   

A. Be prepared in advance

  • Ensure that you reach your test center at least 40 minutes before your test time so that you have enough time to check in.
  • Any food or drink is not allowed in your test room unless and until you have approved your health accommodation
  • Be clear about all the guidelines and procedures of the test day mentioned in the Registration Bulletin

B. Carry your ID and not your personal stuff

On the test day, you need to bring your registration number/admit card, ID (passport in case of Indian students). Your id should be valid, otherwise you will not be allowed to give the test and no refund will be give to you. Since, TOEFL is a computer-generated test, you are not required to bring paper or pen. However, these are provided in the test center in case you want to make notes. Also, it is advisable to carry at least 2 forms of your ID because your test administrator can question the first ID you present.

Don’t carry your personal stuff in the test room. There is a list of prohibited items mentioned in the Registration Bulletin which you are not allowed to bring. These items include headphones, mobiles, any other electronic gadget, scanning or photographic equipment. 

C. Comprehend the Test Security Procedures

Since, a lot of educational institutions depend upon TOEFL test scores, ETS gives so much importance to the security aspects. Compulsory procedures are laid out and you must follow them otherwise if you will be found guilty of anything suspicious then you will not be allowed to give the test. The security is tight on purpose so that candidates have a better, impartial and safe online test

D. Tips and idea about the test day

  • Noise-reducing headphones with a microphone will be provided to you on the test day for the Speaking section of the test.
  • If you have any problem during the test, raise your hand, concerned staff will help you regarding the same. 
  • Paper and pen which will be provided to you during the test to make notes has to be given back to the staff after the end the test. 
  • Wear slightly warm clothes as most of the computer test centres are air-conditioned. Re
  • Be quick with your Writing section part as 20 minutes may seem sufficient for you but in order to do proof reading your essay you have to be fast. 

Reading and Listening sections will be scored instantly after the end of the test. These scores will give you an impression of your performance. If you are not satisfied with your scores then you have the option of cancelling your scores too. Think carefully before cancelling your scores as scores will be cancelled of all the four sections and not of one section. Also, no refund will be given to you after the cancellation of your scores.

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