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About the Test
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), designed and administered at more than 4,500 test centers in 180 countries by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The TOEFL is an Internet-based Test, or iBT. The official site for the test is https://www.ets.org/toefl
Note-taking (paper would provided by the center) is allowed during the test and only pencil or pen can be carried to the center. All notes are collected after the test.
You cannot take the test more than once every 12 days.
Register online on https://toefl-registration.ets.org/TOEFLWeb/extISERLogonPrompt.do or by phone or mail – download forms https://www.ets.org/s/toefl/pdf/iBT_reg_form.pdf
The test fees vary based on location and country. For test-takers in North America, depending on your province or state, you can expect to pay from $190 – $250. Test-takers in Asia or Europe can expect to pay around $200. Refer to the ETS site for prices in your area.
The following documents are required for registration
- A government-issued valid national/state/province identity card that is issued and recognized by the country,
- Recent photograph
- ID proof must be presented at the center before test.
The four-hour test consists of four sections Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. The language tested is the type of language found in an academic environment.
There is a 10-minute break between the reading and listening tests and the writing and speaking tests.
- Reading: 3-4 passages; 12-14 questions each; Total 60-80 minutes.
- Listening: 4-6 lectures; 6 questions each; and 2-3 conversations; 5 questions each; Total 60-90 minutes
- Speaking: 6 tasks; 2 independent and 4 integrated; Total 20 minutes
- Writing: 1 integrated task; 20 minutes and 1 independent task; 30 minutes
The reading and listening sections are multiple choice.
Test Scores and Results
Test scores are on a scale from 0 to 120 points, with each of the four sections scaled from 0 to 30. Test scores are valid for 2 years.
Test Scores are posted online (https://toefl-registration.ets.org/TOEFLWeb/extISERLogonPrompt.do ) in 10 days and a printable version is available 3 days later.
Test Strategy 8
Multiple-Choice Quick Tips 11
Answering Multiple-Choice Step-by-Step
Strategy Practice Questions 19
Answers to Strategy Questions 39
Reading Comprehension Practice Questions
Answer Key 66
Listening Comprehension Practice Questions
Answer Key 89
How to Write an Essay
Common Essay Mistakes - Example 1 101
Common Essay Mistakes - Example 2 103
Writing Concisely 105
Avoiding Redundancy 107
How to Take an Oral Exam
Preparing for an Oral Exam 115
How to Prepare for a Test
How to Take a Test
Reading the Instructions 124
How to Take a Test - The Basics 125
In the Test Room – What you MUST do! 130
Avoid Anxiety Before a Test 134
Common Test-Taking Mistakes 136