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ETS TOEFL is an English language test conducted by ETS - Educational Testing Service. The exam is an essential requirement taking up studies in the English speaking countries of the world. As many as 8,500 colleges across more than 130 countries accept and recognize TOEFL score. Primarily the exam is conducting in two formats:

  • Paper Based Test or PBT
  • Internet Based Test or iBT


For questions regarding the registration process, you can call the TOEFL helpline at +91 9 7112 37111.

Location of the preferred test center is an important consideration for deciding on the test format. Mostly TOEFL is conducted in the iBT format. Paper based test is conducted only in places where Internet is not available.

The main idea of conducting the test is to asses the English speaking, listening and comprehension abilities of the candidates who wish to go abroad for their UG & PG studies. Besides assessing the speaking, listening and comprehension abilities, there are two more section in the paper that test a candidates English reading and writing skills.

Why take the TOEFL?

1) Most Accepted - 90% of TOEFL test takers get into their first or second choice university.

2) Most Popular - TOEFL® test has helped over 27 million students worldwide to reach their destination of choice.

3)Provides more Choices - More than 8,500 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries rely on TOEFL® test scores to help make admissions decisions.

4)More Convenient There are 4,500 TOEFL test centers in more than 165 countries worldwide. You can save time and money since the entire test is given in half a day, so you don't have to come back the next day.The results are available after 10 days.

5)Measures Academic Skills - The TOEFL test helps prove you have the English skills, as you may be asked to 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. Many universities consider it the most appropriate test to use when making admissions decisions as it is composed of 100% academic questions.

6)Most Preferred - 4 out of 5 admissions officers that were surveyed, stated that they prefer to use the TOEFL test.

7)Rates Speaking More Fairly - The TOEFL test speaking 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.

8)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 and by sending TOEFL scores to your selected university, you will be proving that you are ready for academic success.


iBT format is the more popular format for taking the exam. Most of the test centers have access to internet and conduct the exam in the internet based format only. To excel in the iBT test, it is important to take online TOEFL practice tests regularly. This is helpful in improving the test taking speed. The time allotted for taking the test is 4 hours 30 minutes. And the pattern of questions for each section, is as shared below.

iBT TOEFL Test Format

Different sections of the test focus on different abilities. For example the listening comprehension section is for testing a candidate’s ability to understand American English. Similarly grammar & written test is to check the writing abilities and reading section for gauging any problem in the reading ability.

Section Type of Question No. of Question Duration
Reading 3-4 passages with 12-14 questions per passage. 36-70 60-80 minutes
Listening 4-6 lectures. 6 questions each, 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each 34-51 60-90 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks: 2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to. 6 tasks 20 minutes
Writing 1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic. 2 tasks 50 minutes (20 and 30 minutes respectively)

iBT TOEFL Test Score

TOEFL scores are mailed approximately 13 days after the test is taken. Although the score is mailed to each candidates taking the test, but scores are also available online 10 days after the test date. iBT TOEFL test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points and any score above 90 is considered to be a good score. The TOEFL score is valid for two years. Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent score.


Paper based format is conducted over the duration of 3 hours 30 minutes. The focus of the paper is on testing listening abilities and grammar, reading & writing skills. The test can be taken 6 times a year at test centers where TOEFL iBT is not available.

TOEFL Test Format

Section No. of Question Approx. time Score Range
Listening Comprehension 50 30-40 minutes 31 to 68
Structure and Written Expression 40 25 minutes 31 to 68
Reading Comprehension 50 55 minutes 31 to 67
Writing (Test of written English) 1 topic 30 minutes -
  • Listening Comprehension tests your ability to understand North American English.
  • Structure and Written Expression tests your ability to identify language that is appropriate for standard written English.
  • Reading Comprehension tests your ability to understand non-technical reading material.

PBT TOEFL Test Score

Score reports are mailed approximately five weeks after your test date. One score report is sent you and up-to four reports sent by ETS directly to universities, agencies or other institutions you select.For a US$10 fee, you can get your scores over the phone on the Saturday before the day they are mailed from ETS.

TOEFL Registration

There is no rigid timeline for the test registration. One can register for the test as late as 7 days before the test. Late registration is also possible with the payment of a late fee of US$ 35. TOEFL registration can be made either online or by phone or post.

  • Address: StudyPlaces, c/o Educomp Solutions, Plot No 308, Udyog Vihar, Phase II,Gurgaon – 122001, Haryana, INDIA
  • Phone: +91 9 7112 37111
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    TOEFL Exam Dates

    The test is conducted at numerous dates throughout the year. While registering for the exam the candidates can choose their preferred exam date. The list of exam dates is given on the official website.