TOEFL

About the TOEFL IBT Test

The TOEFL iBT test, administered via the Internet, is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country.

In addition to the test, the ETS TOEFL Program provides tools and guides to help you prepare for the test and improve your English-language skills

 

The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

More than 27 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

 

  • Students planning to study at a higher education institution
  • English-language learning program admissions and exit
  • Scholarship and certification candidates
  • English-language learners who want to track their progress
  • Students and workers applying for visas

 

More than 9,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. For more information, including using your scores to satisfy visa requirements in Australia and the United Kingdom, how to find institutions that accept TOEFL scores, and more, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.

The TOEFL test has more test dates (more than 50 per year) and locations (4,500 test centers in 165 countries) than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment.

Why TOEFL

Why Take the TOEFL Test?

The TOEFL® Test Gives You Advantages

More Choices

More than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries rely on TOEFL® test scores to help make admissions decisions. To learn more, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.

 

More Convenient

You can take the TOEFL test at your choice of more than 4,500 conveniently located test sites in more than 165 countries worldwide. You also save time and money since the entire test is given in one day, rather than coming back a second day like some other tests.

 

Measures Academic Skills

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.

 

Rates Speaking More Fairly

Sure, you can take a test with a Speaking interview, but what if your interviewer has a bad day and rates you lower than you deserve? With the TOEFL test, there's no doubt your score is more objective and reliable, because Speaking responses are recorded and evaluated by three to six ETS raters rather than only one rater from a local testing site.

 

Scores Help You Stand Out

TOEFL test scores help you stand out because of the TOEFL test's reputation for quality, fairness and 100% academic content. It is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world, including more than 9,000 colleges, universities, agencies and other institutions in 130 countries. And that list includes the top 100 universities in the world.

 

By sending TOEFL scores to your selected university, you will be proving that you are ready for academic success.

Exam content

The TOEFL iBT test is given in English and administered via the Internet. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete.

 

During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:

  • Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Read, listen and then write in response to a question

 

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

Section Time Limit  Questions 

Tasks

Reading 60–80      minutes      36–56 questions

Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.

Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions

Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.

Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks

Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.

Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks

Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

 

The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that do not count toward your score. These are either questions that enable ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions.

Please read the timing instructions for the Reading Section carefully. The instructions will indicate how many passages you will receive and the amount of time you have to respond to questions for those passages. Be sure to pace yourself so that you have time to answer all the questions.

A standard English language (QWERTY) computer keyboard is used for the test.

 

Beginning in March 2013, the Listening and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT test include other native-speaker English accents in addition to accents from North America. You may hear accents from the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia.

Identification (ID) Requirements

Identification (ID) Requirements

 

When you register for a TOEFL iBT test, you will be required to provide identification (ID) information. In addition, you must spell your name exactly as it appears on the primary ID document(s) you plan to bring to the test center on test day (other than hyphens, accents or spaces). If the ID document you plan to bring contains a multiple-part first or last name, enter the names in the appropriate first or last name fields when you register so they exactly match the names on your ID.

 

Test takers are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable ID each time they report to a test center. It is your responsibility to ensure that your ID documents are up-to-date and available on the day of the test.

If you do not bring valid and acceptable ID, or if the name on your ID does not exactly match the name on your registration, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will not be refunded.

 

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship.

 

The following ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:

 

  • Passport with name, photograph and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Driver’s license with name, photograph and signature
  • State or Province ID card, including those issued by motor vehicle agencies, with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

 

If you are testing outside your country of citizenship:

  • You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID.

  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present a supplemental ID that includes your name, a recent, recognizable photograph and is written in English.

 

Unacceptable ID Documents

 

The following documents are not acceptable as primary or supplemental ID under any circumstances:

 

  • Any document that is photocopied or expired
  • Any document that does not exactly match the name you used when you registered
  • International driver's license
  • Draft classification card
  • International student ID
  • Credit/debit card of any kind
  • Notary-prepared letter or document
  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Employee ID card
  • Any temporary ID card
  • Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card

 

Note: If your ID document is not written in English-language letters and the test center supervisor cannot read it, you may not be able to test and your test fee will not be refunded.

Test Scores

The TOEFL iBT test, administered via the Internet, is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country.

In addition to the test, the ETS TOEFL Program provides tools and guides to help you prepare for the test and improve your English-language skills

 

The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

More than 27 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

 

  • Students planning to study at a higher education institution
  • English-language learning program admissions and exit
  • Scholarship and certification candidates
  • English-language learners who want to track their progress
  • Students and workers applying for visas

More than 9,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. For more information, including using your scores to satisfy visa requirements in Australia and the United Kingdom, how to find institutions that accept TOEFL scores, and more, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.

The TOEFL test has more test dates (more than 50 per year) and locations (4,500 test centers in 165 countries) than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment.

TOEFL Scores Explained

TOEFL iBT® Test Scores

Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. You must answer at least one question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least one essay, and complete at least one Speaking task to receive an official score. For the TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, you will receive four scaled section scores and a total score:

 

  •  Reading Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Listening Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Speaking Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Writing Section (Score of: 0–30)
  • Total Score (0–120)

 

TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test within 12 days of your existing appointment.

 

Score Scales

Skill Score Range

Level

Reading 0–30

High (22–30)
Intermediate (15–21)
Low (0–14)

Listening 0–30

High (22–30)
Intermediate (15–21)
Low (0–14)

Speaking 0–30 score scale

Good (26–30)
Fair (18–25)
Limited (10–17)
Weak (0–9)

Writing 0–30 score scale

Good (24–30)
Fair (17–23)
Limited (1–16)

Total Score 0–120  

 

The Reading and Listening sections are scored by computer with a score range from 0 to 30. The Reading section has 36–56 tasks based on reading passages from academic texts and answering questions. The Listening section has 34–51 tasks based on listening to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answering questions

 

 

 

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FAQ

What is the TOEFL® test?

The TOEFL® test measures the ability of nonnative English speakers to use and understand the English language as it is heard, spoken, read and written in the university classroom.

 

Where are TOEFL test scores accepted?

More than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. To learn more about how the TOEFL test can be your passport to study anywhere English is spoken, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.

 

Can I take the test in one day?

Yes, the test is given in one day. The test takes about four hours, but with check-in you should plan to be at the test site for at least four and one-half hours.

 

Can I retake the test?

Yes, you can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment. There is no passing or failing test score — score requirements are set by each higher education institution or agency.

 

Why should I take the TOEFL test over another test?

  •        It's the most highly respected around the world
  •        It's the most widely accepted
  •        It's the most accurately measured
  •        It's the most fair and unbiased
  •        It offers the most testing locations

 

How many score reports are included in my test fee?

Your test fee includes:

  •     one online score report for you, and one paper copy if you requested it before you took the test. Your scores will be posted electronically only, unless you request a paper copy by selecting that option when you register. You can change this option at any time up to 10 p.m. (local test center time) on the day before you test. Go to your online account to change your Score Report Preference.
  •     up to four official score reports to the institutions or agencies you select before you test; ETS will send the official score reports directly to these destinations

 

Can I order additional official score reports?

Yes, you can order additional score reports after your scores are available online, approximately 10 days after your test date.

  •       Additional reports can be ordered through the TOEFL online registration system or by completing the TOEFL iBT Official Score Report Request Form (PDF).
  •      Reports are mailed approximately four to seven days after receipt of your request and payment.
  •     The fee is US$18 for each report ordered.

 

What is the test fee refund policy?

If you are taking the test in Korea, see the specific refund policy for test takers in Korea.

If you cancel your registration by the three-day advance deadline (not including test day), you will receive a refund of half the original test fee you paid. Refunds are in U.S. dollars. Cash refunds are not available

 

What can I do with my TOEFL iBT account?

When you register online, you will create a TOEFL iBT profile, including a user name and password. You will be able to return to the site to:

  •         update your address
  •         update your ID information
  •         view your registration at "View Orders"
  •         add a TOEFL® Value Pack to your order
  •         reschedule or cancel your registration
  •         change your score report preference
  •         view your scores
  •         place orders for additional score reports
  •         check the status of previous orders
  •         pay an outstanding balance

 

What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

You can reschedule or cancel your registration up to three full days before your test date, not including the day of the test or the day of your request. That means if your test is on a Saturday, you must reschedule or cancel by Tuesday. The fee to reschedule is US$60 and must be paid before you can reschedule. If your request is not received at least three full days in advance, your test fee will not be refunded. Test administrators are not authorized to make schedule changes. To reschedule, you will need to provide your registration number and the full name you used when you registered.

 

How can I reschedule?

You can reschedule via your online account or by calling the appropriate phone number.

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Note: You cannot reschedule or cancel your registration via email.

 

What can I take into the test center?

Identification documents are the only personal items allowed in the testing room. You cannot bring cell phones, smartphones or any other electronic devices.

 

Can I take notes during the test?

Test taker's can take notes throughout the entire test. At the end of testing, all notes are collected and destroyed at the test center to ensure test security.

 

How soon do score recipients get my scores?

Score reports are sent electronically or mailed to recipients approximately 13 days after the test date. However, ETS has no control over mail delivery to various locations around the world. Allow 7-10 days after the mailing date for delivery in the United States, and 4-6 weeks for locations outside the United States. For information specific to your location, contact your postal service.

 

How long are scores valid?

ETS reports scores for two years after the test date.

Register for the Test

Register Online for the test

 

  • Register 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be sure to spell your name exactly as it appears on the identification you will bring on test day. See Identification Requirements.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card: American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard® or VISA®. You can also use a PayPal® account, or an electronic check (e-check) if you have a bank account in the United States or its territories.
  • Registration closes seven days before your test date.
  • Exam fee US$160. 
  • Late registration closes three days before your test date (not including the day of the test) and has a late fee of US$30
  • Need help registering online? Use our step-by-step guide (PDF).

 

Register Online

 

Note: Test takers who have disabilities or health-related needs that require them to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room, take extra or extended breaks, or require another accommodation must register by mail and need to follow the accommodations request procedures described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs (PDF)

Test Dates

Test Dates

 

TOEFL IBT test dates at GRBS for 2018 

 
19 May 2018 Saturday
26 May 2018 Saturday
02 June 2018 Saturday
23 June 2018 Saturday
07 July 2018 Saturday
14 July 2018 Saturday
28 July 2018 Saturday
04 August 2018 Saturday
08 September 2018 Saturday
15 September 2018 Saturday
29 September 2018 Saturday
13 October 2018 Saturday
20 October 2018 Saturday
27 October 2018 Saturday
10 November 2018 Saturday
17 November 2018 Saturday
24 November 2018 Saturday
01 December 2018 Saturday
08 December 2018 Saturday
15 December 2018 Saturday

 

Register for the TOEFL IBT test right now.

 

The test fee is 180$

Late registration closes three days before your test date (not including the test day) and has a late fee of 40$.

Test process

Test process

Knowing what to expect can put you more at ease on test day.

Here is what typically happens:

 

Before the Test

  • Plan to arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before your specified start time. If you come late, you may not be able to take the test.
  • ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of the test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (for example, hand-held metal detectors/wands).
  • Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the test center and your test fee will not be refunded.
  • Your photo will be taken and placed at your assigned seat. It will also appear on your score report.
  • You will be asked to sign a required confidentiality agreement.
  • Identification documents are the only personal items you are allowed to have in the testing room. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted.
  • Your seat will be assigned by the test administrator.
  • No schedule changes can be made at the test center.
  • Testing premises may be videotaped for security reasons.
  • ID verification may also include thumb printing, signature comparison or other forms of electronic ID confirmation.

 

On Test Day

  • You need to bring two things to the test center:

1.     Your Registration Number:

2.     Valid, acceptable identification (ID) document(s):

  • If you do not bring valid and acceptable identification, or if the name on your ID does not exactly match the name on your registration, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will not be refunded.

  • The test takes about 4 1/2 hours. No one is allowed to continue beyond the time limit.

  • There is a mandatory 10-minute break midway through the test.

  • Watch your pace so you do not go over your time for each section; the computer is the official timekeeper.

  • If you need help for any reason, simply raise your hand.

  • Cell phones and other devices are not permitted during the test or during breaks. (If you have health-related needs requiring you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations in advance. Procedures for requesting accommodations are described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs (PDF).)

  • A standard QWERTY English-language keyboard is used for the test. It is a good idea to practice on this type of keyboard prior to the test so that you are familiar with the layout and function keys.

  • Scratch paper is provided and must be returned at the end of the test.

 

After the test

  • Your scores will be posted online approximately 10 days after the test date.
  • You can view your scores online by logging in to your TOEFL iBT account and selecting "View Scores" on your home page.
  • Scores are also mailed to you (if you requested a paper copy) and the universities or institutions you selected approximately 13 days after the test date.
  • You can take the test again to improve your scores. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test, but you cannot take it more than once within a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test within 12 days of your original appointment.

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