Universities abroad might require you to prove English Language proficiency as a part of their entry requirements. If you are thinking of studying abroad and you think you be required to fulfil English Language requirements, TOEFL might just be what you need.
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), also known as ‘passport to studying abroad’, is a language test, which is accepted by over 8500 institutions worldwide. The scores are used to establish English Language skill for individuals applying to study or work abroad. It is known for the easy accessibility of its test venues and legitimacy of the scoring schemes as three to six external markers review scores before finalizing them, even for the speaking tests which are recorded.
One thing that makes TOEFL stand out from all other language tests is the fact that all assessment tasks are structured to depict the use of English in university life which includes lecture recordings and excerpts from textbooks.
The test is split into four sections i.e. reading, listening, speaking and writing. Each of the sections is worth 30 marks, which means the overall score is marked out of 120. The test will last four hours and there will be 10 minutes break between the first two and last two sections.
The reading section will require you to answer 40 questions from three to four passages in about one hour. The reading passages are chosen from university level textbooks from a range of disciplines.
The listening section has two parts, each lasts about an hour. The first part is composed of four to six lectures, each lasting a few minutes with six questions each. The second part includes two to three conversations with five questions each.
The speaking test is 20 minutes long and requires you to attempt ‘Independent Speaking Tasks’, which need you to speak about your own ideas and opinions, and ‘Integrated Speaking Tasks’, which require you to respond to reading or listening material. Your speaking test is recorded and will be assessed by three to six test assessors.
The writing section is 50 minutes long and will require you to attempt ‘Independent Writing Tasks’, like writing an essay and ‘Integrated Writing Tasks’ which require you to respond to a reading text and voice clip.
Most candidates find it useful to engage in some sort of preparatory sessions before taking the test to familiarize themselves with the nature of questions and test structure. Webinars are available for candidates planning to take TOEFL to learn about the exam, preparation tools and to chat with a representative. Preparation tips for the TOEFL Test
It also helps to practise the sample tests, available online. You can purchase additional preparatory material, including guide books from the TOEFL website for rigorous course of preparation.
Registration and Fee
Once you are ready to take the test, you can register for the test through TOEFL website, phone, mail or in person. To register online, visit the TOEFL website and fill in the application form. You will be required to make the payment for registration fee. The registration fee might vary, depending on the country you are taking your exam in.
You can pay this fee with a credit/debit card, PayPal account, or an electronic check (e-check) if you have a bank account in the United States or its territories. You can also pay through a registration voucher obtained from a local master TOEFL iBT Resource Centre.
To book through phone, call your Regional Registration Centre. You can also book by emailing your Regional Registration Centre a complete copy of the application form or by visiting the centre in person.
The test must be booked atleast seven days in advance to avoid the additional fee for late registration, which is valid until three days before the test.