A standardized test, the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) assesses the English proficiency of applicants, whose native language does not happen to be English. It tests the ability to understand North American English. Most educational institutes in US and Canada (approximately 2400) ask applicants for their TOEFL Scores. Most applicants take the TOEF test as a prerequisite for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. In addition, many government, licensing, and certification agencies and exchange and scholarship programs use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English proficiency of people for whom English is not their native language.
TOEFL is a trademark of the Educational testing system (ETS), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the tests.
TOEFLis internet based test Measures four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Test content –
|Reading||3–5 passages, each containing 12–14 questions||60–80 minutes|
|Listening||6–9 passages, each containing 5–6 questions||60–90 minutes|
|Break||Mandatory break||10 minutes|
|Speaking||6 tasks||20 minutes|
|Writing||2 tasks||50 minutes|
Facts about TOEFL –
- 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 test.
- Test can not be taken more than once every 12 days.
What is the scoring scale for the TOEF iBT Test?
- Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 120 (Maximum) with 1-point increment. Four scores are reported on the TOEFL™:
- Reading score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
- Listening score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
- Writing score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
- Speaking score reported on a 0-30 score scale.
Validity – Score will be valid up to 2 years.