What is the TOEFL iBT?
TOEFL is the Test of English as Foreign Language which assesses a candidate’s ability to read, write, speak and listen to English at university level. TOEFL is conducted in 130 countries and is administered by ETS (Educational Testing Service). TOEFL iBT is the newest version of the TOEFL test. It is offered as an internet based test (iBT), conducted completely through internet via a secure testing system. You work only on computer and need not meet or talk to a live examiner.
Who takes the TOEFL test?
The test is primarily taken by students who apply for admission to college or university. Students and workers may also take the exam to apply for visas. Some people take the exam to fulfil the requirements of a government department, licensing board, certification agency, or scholarship program.
The tests consists of four sections:
There may be an experimental section either in Reading or Listening
The test would take 4 hours and 30 minutes to complete including check in.
||60 - 80 minutes
||36 - 56 questions
||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
||60 - 90 minutes
||34 - 51 questions
||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
||Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
||Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.
There are three categories in the reading section: basic information, inferencing skills and reading to learn skills. There are three 3 to 5 reading passages (about 700 words long), with each passage being followed by 12-14 questions. You are given 60 -100 minutes to answer all the questions in the entire section.
This sections tests a candidate’s ability to understand English conversations and lectures. There are 2 to 3 conversational passages and 4 to 6 lectures which are followed by questions. You hear the conversations and lectures only once but you are allowed to take notes. Your notes would not be scored.
The speaking section in TOEFL iBT is about 20 minutes long, and tests a candidate’s ability to talk in English about a variety of topics. There are six tasks in this section of two different types: Independent and Integrated.
This part measures a candidate’s written communication skills, looking for well-organised essays, correct grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and correct sentence structures. There are two sections in the writing section: integrated and independent.
In the integrated writing section, you are given a short reading passage and listening passage on the same topic. You can take notes during this time. Then you will be given 20 minutes to write an essay of about 150-225 words, explaining how the listening passage either supports the reading passage or contradicts the reading.
The second part of the TOEFL Writing section is the independent essay. You are given one topic, and you have 30 minutes to write an essay of about 4-5 paragraphs, or 300-350 words.
Test fee & how to register for test
Registration and payment for the TOEFL iBT can be done online using a form of ID. Registration closes seven days before the test date. If you miss this deadline, you can still register up to four days before the test date but there is a late fee of $40. If you register early then it is more likely that you can get your preferred date and test centre.
Registration can also be done by phone or mail. Please see https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/ for more details.
The fee to take TOEFL iBT in India is $170.
In Tamilnadu the test is being conducted in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Trichy.
TOEFL iBT has a total score of 120, with each section accounting for 30 marks. Scores can be viewed online. You will receive an email letting you know when your scores are available, which is approximately 10 days after your test date. You can log in to your TOEFL iBT account on the TOEFL® registration website and click "View Scores" on your home page to see your score. TOEFL iBT scores are generally valid for a period of up to 2 years after the exam, and more than 9,000 institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores.
Test Day Tips
• Always have good sleep at night before the day of the exam.
• Do not cram before the exam; just practice a few problems.
• Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time in order to fill out paperwork and get settled.
• Bring two valid forms of ID and your registration number.
• You will be given paper for any rough working which should be returned after exam.
• You are not allowed to bring any electronic, recording, listening or photographic devices into the test centre. This includes your mobile phone.
• Any personal items can be kept in a separate room.
• Do not spend too much time on one question.
• Do not leave any question blank, if you are not sure make the best of your choice
• Practice on QWERTY keyboard which will be used in test
• If you need help for any reason, raise your hand
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I retake the test?
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 date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment.
Will I receive any confirmation of my registration?
You will receive an email confirmation. You can also print your confirmation by choosing "Print and View Your Registration Confirmation" on the page with the heading "Thank You for Your Order." Your test date, start time and test centre address are listed on your confirmation. Check your online account the day before the test just in case any changes have been made to the time or building.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule?
You can reschedule or cancel your registration up to 4 full days before your test date. There will be a fee to reschedule. If your request is not received at least 4 full days in advance, your test fee will not be refunded.
Can I take the test in one day?
Yes, the test is given in one day. The test takes about 4 hours, but with check-in you should plan to be at the test centre for at least 4½ hours.
Can I take notes during the test?
You can take notes throughout the entire test. At the end of testing, all notes are collected and destroyed at the test centre to ensure test security.