Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most popular English proficiency exam accepted at North American universities. TOEFL tests the international students’ usage and understanding of North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. The TOEFL test is developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), which sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report.

Why People Attend TOEFL
TOEFL, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language, is a test that measures your ability to speak, read, and write in English at a college or university level. This test is one of the best measures of whether or not you are ready to attend college at an English-speaking school. Even though you may think that you speak and write English well, doing so on the college level is entirely different, especially if you have learned it as a foreign language.

Who Needs the TOEFL?
Students who wish to attend an English speaking university or college but have learned English as a foreign language should take the TOEFL before applying to their chosen school. Many schools require the scores from this test for admission. Even if your school does not require it, having a good score can help you have an advantage over other applicants if there are limited openings available.

Outside of the admission requirements, the TOEFL will help you assess whether or not you have the skills necessary to deal with academic situations in your chosen school. You will need to be able to hear lectures, write papers, and communicate verbally with teachers and classmates. The TOEFL will show you whether or not you have attained this level of English fluency. If you need more practice, preparing for the test will give you that practice.

TOEFL Eligibility
TOEFL exam is open for all and there are no specific eligibility criteria. The respective institutes may have a different eligibility criteria but the TOEFL has no specific criteria of selection.

TOEFL Syllabus:
ETS®, the TOEFL® conducting body prescribes four modules/sections in the TOEFL syllabus namely, Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. The pattern of the test is quite specific. The test takers are required to combine his/her language skills in all the sections while appearing for the TOEFL exam. All the sections are conducted on the same day with a 10 minutes break. Candidates are assessed on their capability to ingrate the mentioned skill-sets. Careers 360, in this article, have provided the syllabus of TOEFL pertaining to Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing sections.

Registration fee in India– US $165 (Registration Fees vary by country.)

  • The TOEFL test fee includes: one test taker’s score report, and up to four official score reports, which are sent by ETS directly to institutions or agencies that you select.
  • Late registration - US $25
  • Rescheduling - US $50
  • Reinstatement of cancelled TOEFL IBT scores - US $20
  • Additional score reports (per institution or agency) - US $17 each
  • TOEFL IBT Speaking or Writing Section rescore - US $60
  • TOEFL IBT Speaking and Writing Section rescore - US $120
  • Returned personal check (paper or electronic) – US $20

TOEFL Test centers
The TOEFL India test dates are subject to change but usually the test takes place every Saturday and Sunday at the test centers. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. The Indian cities where TOEFL test is conducted are: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Calcutta, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Fatehpur, Gandhinagar, Greater Noida, Guindy, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Pune, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mumbai, Mussoorie, Mysore, Nashik, Nizamabad, Panjim, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad, Surat, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam.

Division of TOEFL scores:

Section Score Range Level
Reading 0–30 Low (0–14)
Intermediate (15–21)
High (22–30)
Listening 0–30 Low (0–14)
Intermediate (15–21)
High (22–30)
Speaking 0–4 points converted to 0–30 score scale Weak (0–9)
Limited (10–17)
Fair (18–25)
Good (26–30)
Writing 0–5 points converted to 0–30 score scale Limited (1–16)
Fair (17–23)
Good (24–30)
Total Score 0–120 -