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About the TOEFL

Who needs to take the TOEFL Exam?
If you are a student studying in an English speaking country for less than four years or your previous degree was not issued from an institute in an English speaking country, you need to take the TOEFL test before filing your application.

Although in some areas, paper based TOEFL tests are still available, the internet based TOEFL test (iBT) is actually what major universities would like to receive. Now, with more than 4,300 test centers worldwide, taking the test is convenient and easy.

What does the TOEFL measure?

The TOEFL iBT measures how well you read, listen, speak and write in English and use these skills together in the university classroom. For example, you might read a passage or listen to a lecture, and then write or speak about what you learned.

The TOEFL iBT measures skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing, and requires you to combine 2 or more of these skills to respond to a question. For example, you might read a passage or listen to a lecture in English, and then write or speak your answers in English.

How does the TOEFL iBT work?



Testing Time


Score Scale


3-5 passages from academic texts; approximately 700 words long; 12-14 questions per passage.

60-100 minutes

36-70 questions



4-6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; each 3-5 minutes long; 6 questions each. 2-3 conversations; each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each.

60-90 minutes

34-51 questions




10 minutes




2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to.

20 minutes

6 tasks

0-4 points converted to 0-30 score scale


1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.

50 minutes

2 tasks

0-5 points converted to 0-30 score scale

Total score





What is considered a good score?
Most universities have minimum scores for iBT requirement and that would be 80 in total. Some school might have specific requirement in individual sections, for example, 20 in each section to fulfill the requirement. For top 20 universities, we would recommend a 100 in iBT to be your target scores.
How do I register for the TOEFL?
Go to www.toefl.com, set up your personal account and choose the appropriate test center and time. Test scores will be available in about 15 business days on the same website.

Source: toefl.com