TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) is the most widely accepted and popular exam among international students. TOEFL is conducted and administered by ETS (Educational Testing Service).

This test is usually taken by students who are planning to study in the US or Canada. However, as this test is accepted by more than 10K universities abroad including Australia, New Zealand, the U.K, the United States, and Europe and Asia, many international students and immigrants are choosing this test over IELTS.


This test is a language proficiency test which assesses your English language skills, including reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tasks at the university level. TOEFL is conducted around the year and has more than 50 exam dates per year.

Mode of Exam

There are two modes for this test, TOEFL PBT & TOEFL iBT. The paper test is currently offered only in areas where testing via the internet is not available. However, more than 98% of people take the TOEFL iBT which is the internet-based test which consists of four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).

During the TOEFL iBT test, you will be assessed based on the tasks below:

  • 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 Exam Pattern

SectionTime LimitQuestionsTasks
Reading54-72 Minutes30–40 questionsRead passage from academic texts and answer questions
Listening41–57 minutes28–39 questionsAnswer questions about the brief lectures and discussions
Break10 minutes______________
Speaking17 minutes4 tasksExpress an opinion on a familiar topic and speak based on reading and listening material
Writing50 minutes2 ta_sksRead a passage, listen to a recording, and type your response

Knowledge Bank

There are multiple resources available to prepare for this exam, though ETS, also provides practice material for the help of students which you can check here. To prepare for this exam, you can use Apps, Books, Online Practice Materials, and Test Series which can surely help you to score better marks. Click here to take a sample test.


For this exam, fees vary by country. To check a fee structure of your country click here and select the country/ or location where you plan to take the TOEFL test.

To check more details about their payment policies, click here

TOEFL Registration

You can register for this test 24 x 7, though registration close 7 days before your exam date. Its good to book your slot well in advance to avoid the last-minute rush.

Late registration closes 4 days before your exam date and has a late fee of US$40.

Click here to register for this exam online.

Apart from the online method, you can register for this exam by Phone and Mail. To check more for these options click here

ID Proof

Your ID must meet all of the following requirements. ID document must be:

  • an original
  • valid, expired documents are not acceptable
  • a government-issued card
  • include your full name and Photograph which must match the name on the ID card you have used to register this exam
  • include your signature (the name on the ID and the signature name must match)

If the test taker age is 15 or younger, then it’s advisable for the test taker to be accompanied by a parent or other authorized adult whose age should be 18 or older, who will be required to complete and sign a release form at the test center.

You and the parent or authorized person must present valid, acceptable ID, or you will not be able to take the test.

To check the country-specific requirement for ID proof, click here

TOEFL Scoring

There are four sections under this exam and each section for this exam consists of 30 marks each which is 120 marks in total.

  • 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)

For more information on Test Scores, click here


You can take this test as many times as you want, though to take a re-test you have to wait for a 12-day period from the last test date.

Exam Result

You can access your TOEFL scores via an online account 10 days after your test date. However, for a hard copy, it takes around 13 days for outside US recipients.

Score Validity

TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.

Exam Tips:

Reading: Start reading editorials, journals, and books as it’ll improve your speed in reading. Also, will help you to understand the gist of the paragraph.

Listening: Start listening lectures and audio clip which will help you to understand the different accents which will help you in the exam to finish your task under the time limit. Listen as many audio clips as you can and trust me, it will surely help you.

Speaking: Try to speak with family/ or friends to improve speaking skills. Speaking practice will help you to convey your message clearly and will improve your fluency.

Writing: Learn how to write essays, stories, applications, and notes and learn Contrast, difference, cause, and effect in sentence making to score good marks in your exam.

These are some of the tips that will help you to score better in the exam. Try to practice with sample papers as it will surely help you to score better in your exam.

We hope this article will help you in clearing all the doubts about the TOEFL exam and takes you a step closer to your dream of studying and settling abroad.

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