TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language.TOEFL test is a standardized English proficiency test that measures the ability of non-native English speakers.The TOEFL scores are accepted by many universities and are also used for screening the fluency of English for potential job applicants and for immigration visas around the world.Some universities consider TOEFL test as a mandatory requierment for admission purposes.Universities located in countries such as the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and many other exemplary regions are advocates of TOEFL exam.
TYPES OF TOEFL
TOEFL is an extremely reliant examination. The test has two modes iBT and PBT you can choose either a mode of examination according to your preference.
What is TOEFL iBT?
iBT stands for the Internet-based test. The TOEFL iBT test is conducted through online mode, the method of evaluating English fluency skills is the same. It evaluates an individual’s English fluency skills on Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking parameters.
What is TOEFL PBT?
PBT stands for Paper-based test. This type of test is conducted on paper, the TOEFL PBT examines an individual’s fluency in the English language on parameters of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.
TOEFL iBT EXAM PATTERN
TOEFL iBT is an English proficiency test that is administered via the Internet. The TOEFL iBT exam pattern is categorized into FOUR sections namely – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
TOEFL Exam Section Duration
Reading: 60 – 80 minutes
Listening: 60-90 minutes
BREAK: 10 minutes
Speaking: 20 minutes
Writing: 50 minutes
SECTION 1 – Reading
3 to 4 passages will be given based on which 36 to 56 questions will be asked.
You can expect each passage to be around 700 words on average.
Practice to complete to each passage in 20 minutes duration.
You are required to reading the passages and answer the questions accordingly.
All the questions in this section are in Multiple Choice format where the answer can either be one of the four given options or two of the four given options.
The questions and passages will be based on Academic topics.
Your ability to read English is measured on a scale of 0 to 30.
SECTION 2 – Listening
Listen to short audio consisting of classroom discussions, lectures, and conversations.
Question asked in this section are in the form of Multiple-Choice, Binary answers and, Charts.
Listen carefully and answer the provided questions accordingly.
This section is comprised of about 34 to 51 questions.
Your ability to listen and understand to the English based context is measured on a scale of 0 to 30.
SECTION 3- Speaking
The speaking section is designed to make to examine the ability to speak in English on the provided topic.
You are required to state your opinion on that topic accordingly.
The topics in this particular section are based on personal experience, preference, course topics or are merely situation based.
You are expected to complete 6 given tasks in this section.
Your ability to speak and understand English contextual words and phrases are measured on a scale of 0 to 30.
SECTION 4 – Writing
Put your reading and listening skills to use in this section
The writing section is divided into two categories – Integrated Writing and Independent Writing
In the integrated writing section, individuals are required to read and listen to a lecture excerpt.
Your task here is to listen or read the provided audio or context carefully and write a passage on exactly 150 words to 225 words.
You will be given 20 minutes to completed the Integrated Writing section.
A topic will be provided to you for putting together a piece for the Independent Writing section.
After carefully gathering the needed information, you are required to write an essay that must consist of at least 300 words.
The Independent Writing task must be completed in 30 minutes.
Your ability to understand and write English is measured on a scale of 0 to 30.
TOEFL PBT EXAM PATTERN
TOEFL PBT is an English Proficiency test that is conducted in paper and pen format. It is specifically for individuals who reside in a region that is not internet-aided. Individuals who prefer PBT over iBT exam can also apply for this type of TOEFL test, contact the TOEFL center in your region for more information.The TOEFL PBT Exam pattern consists of FOUR sections – Listening, Structure and Written, Reading, and Writing
TOEFL PBT Exam Section Duration
Listening: 30 – 40 minutes
Structure and Written: 25 minutes
Reading: 55 minutes
Writing: 30 minutes
SECTION 1 – Listening
In the listening section, candidates are required to answer 50 questions in about 30 to 40 minutes.
Questions asked in this section are Multiple-Choice based.
The listening section is divided into three segments with short conversations, long conversations, and lectures or talks respectively.
The segments consist of 30 questions, 8 questions, and 12 questions respectively.
In the TOEFL PBT listening section, your ability to listen and understand English context is measured on a scale of 31 to 68.
SECTION 2 – Structure and Written Expression
The structure and written expression consist of 40 questions, that you are required to answer in 25 minutes.
The questions are structured with questions that require sentence completion and identifying errors in given phrases.
In the TOEFL PBT Structure and Written Expression segment, your ability to understand English grammar is measured on a scale of 31 to 68.
SECTION 3 – Reading
The reading section consists of 50 Multiple Choice Questions
Your task is to read the provided passages and choose the suitable answers from the provided options.
You will be given 55 minutes to complete the Reading segment of TOEFL PBT.
In the TOEFL PBT reading section, your ability to read and understand English is measured on a scale of 31 to 68.
SECTION 4 – The Test of Written English (TWE)
The test of written English consists of a passage that either needs justification or requires building an argument.
Your task is to read the provided context and build an essay of about 250 to 300 words.
You will be given 30 minutes to complete the TWE segment of TOEFL Paper-based test.
In the TOEFL PBT Test of Written English section, your ability to write English is measured on a scale of 0 to 5.
This is the only section of TOEFL PBT exam where the score is measured on a different scale.
TOEFL SCORING SYSTEM
The method of calculating scores for TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT are different. Both these exams have unique test administration techniques as well.However, you can be rest assured that TOEFL tests are examined by high-quality experts around the world.
TOEFL iBT scoring system
Section-wise scores are calculated for TOEFL iBT
All the four sections of the TOEFL iBT test are measured on a scale of 0-30. The total score of TOEFL iBT test is 120.
The Reading and Listening sections are performance calculation are on the merits of – High, Intermediate and Low. Whereas, Speaking and Writing sections are performance calculation are on the merits of – Good, Fair, Limited and Weak.
The Speaking and Writing section TOEFL iBT test have its own set of tasks.
Each task performed in these sections is measured on the scale of 0-5.
The test is examined by experts and computers
You can find your TOEFL scores in 10 days post appearing for the test in your email inbox.
You can also expect your printed TOEFL iBT scores within 13 days after undertaking the exam.
A total in between the range of 84 to 110 is considered to be great TOEFL score at universities overseas
TOEFL PBT scoring system
Section-wise scores are calculated for TOEFL PBT
All the four sections of the TOEFL PBT exam are measured on separate merits.
Each section of TOEFL PBT is measured on the scale of 31 to 68, except for the Test of Written English.
TWE is measured on a scale of 0 to 5. The total score of TOEFL PBT test is not provided.
The test is examined by experts at ETS and is also verified by computers.
You will receive your TOEFL PBT scores in approximately 5 weeks.
If you are planning to appear for TOEFL PBT our suggestion to you is to structure a timeline and follow it accordingly.
You can schedule your TOEFL test by choosing your convenient type of registration. To book a slot for your TOEFL test you will need to complete the payment method by Credit card, Debit Card, Paypal or an e-check. The remit method is applicable to both the TOEFL exams. The below-mentioned figures are what you would need to apply for the TOEFL test 2020
TOEFL iBT fees range from USD 160 to USD 250. iBT fee charges depend on the region
TOEFL PBT charges are USD 180 worldwide
If you fail to register for TOEFL test within the required time frame, charges of USD 40 will be added as late fees