TOEFL – All you need to know!
The TOEFL test is taken each year by candidates from all over the world who primarily wish to pursue further education in universities abroad. The TOEFL Test gives you an advantage as it is the most widely accepted English-language test.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test that evaluates the English Proficiency of people whose native language is not English. The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 7,500 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries. Wherever you want to study, the TOEFL test can help you get there. The TOEFL test helps prove you have the English skills you will actually use in an academic classroom. In the test, you may read a passage from a textbook and listen to a lecture and then speak or write in response, just like you would in a classroom. Because the test is composed of 100% academic questions and tasks, many universities consider it the most appropriate test to use when making admissions decisions.
By sending TOEFL scores to your selected university, you will be proving that you are ready for academic success. The TOEFL test is offered in two formats: the TOEFL iBT, administered in an internet-based format, or the TOEFL PBT, administered in a paper-based format. The format you take depends on the location of your test center. The TOEFL iBT test is offered 30 – 40 times a year at more than 4,500 authorized test centers throughout the world. Most test takers take the internet-based test. The TOEFL PBT test is offered six times a year in areas where Internet-based testing is not available.
However TOEFL test is administered as a computer based test in India. The test is designed in such a way that it would be unlike any other test you would have taken at school or college. First, the test has no question paper or answer sheets, nor does it have the same set of questions for all the examinees. Further, it does not give you the option of not answering a question (unless, of course, you run out of time at the end). All this because the TOEFL test is now an entirely Computer based test - the keyboard and mouse do the work of a pen or pencil. The test is scored out of 300, and most scores fall in the range of 200-250.
When is the TOEFL test held?
Computer based TOEFL test is held all-round-the-year. Unlike other exams, you can choose your own date and time for taking the TOEFL test! The test is administered five-days-a-week (Monday through Friday), twice-a-day. September to December is the high season for TOEFL test, so in case you intend to take the test during this period, you need to register very early (say 60 days in advance) to get a date of your choice. Otherwise, registering at least three days in advance is mandatory. The test lasts roughly four hours.
Anyone and everyone is eligible for taking the TOEFL test - there are no restrictions based on age or qualifications. The test scores are valid for two years, i.e., most universities accept scores up to two years old.
How much does it cost?
Test fees for the TOEFL test may vary according to the country in which you take the test. In India, this fee is US $130, payable at the time of registration. You can pay either using an International Credit Card (VISA/MASTER/AMEX) or you can also pay in INR by means of a bank draft.
Test Fees: US$ 130 (Includes fee for reporting scores to 4 universities).
Additional Score Report: US$ 15 approx Rs.720/-* per university.
Who can take the test?
If you are planning to study in the US, Canada, Europe, and a few schools in UK, then you are required to take the TOEFL exam compulsorily. The purpose of the TOEFL exam is to evaluate English proficiency of students whose native language is not English.
Content and Format of the TOEFL test
The test has four sections: Listening, Structure, Reading and Writing. The number of questions and the time allocated to each question may vary. Therefore, one student may get 35 questions in Listening section while another may get 45. But, the additional questions are for research purposes only and the scores of all test takers are based on the same number of questions.
The following table gives out the format of the TOEFL test:
Listening Section 30 - 50 questions 40 - 60 min.
Structure Section 20 - 25 questions 15 - 20 min.
Reading Section 44 - 60 questions 70 - 90 min.
Writing Section 1 Essay 30 min.
Total 94 - 135 question + 1 Essay 4 hrs. (approx.)
Topics covered under TOEFL
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Listening, Writing and targeted TOEFL test taking skills and strategies.
English Language training through American films.
University Admission Guidance, Exercises and information.
Review of idiomatic expressions and responses that they are likely to encounter on American campuses and in professional settings.
From the start, students focus on all the important components of the TOEFL test: Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Listening comp, Writing an essay and targeted. TOEFL test skills and strategies.
How to Apply?
Obtain the ‘TOEFL Information Bulletin’ available free with Prometric Testing Services and USEFI. The Test Scheduling Form comes with the bulletin. There are three ways to register:
Registering by Phone: You may call up Prometric office until 12:00 noon to register. Make sure to call at least three business days before the test date.
Registering by Fax: If registering by fax, you must send your fax atleast seven days prior to your first choice of a test day.
Registering by Mail/Courier: Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card), and submit these to the Prometric Centre either by hand or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least three weeks before your choice of a test day. On receipt of your documents, an appointment will be scheduled for you to test at the Prometric Technology Center. Confirmation of the date, time and location of the appointment will be sent to you. You will receive an admit card normally within a week of applying. Remember to keep a copy of the form and the draft with you.
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