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The TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a standardised English language test accepted globally. It helps in judging the English language proficiency of international students, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. The test score plays an important role in the overseas education admission process.

In 1964, since inspection, the test score curriculum as well as test methods have matched most universities and academic institutes’ expectations. The last revision was made in the year 2005, and the test was renamed as TOEFL iBT test. This international level English language proficiency exam/test gives institutes access to millions of international students who have proven that they have what it takes to succeed in an English speaking academic environment.

Almost 150 countries in the world accept TOEFL scores, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and many other countries. At present, the test comprises tasks if the candidates’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills meet the demands of the world-class academic environment.

There is a basic difference between standardised TOEFL and TOEFL iBT. The TOEFL Essentials Test measure is the foundation elements of English language proficiency test in academic as well as non-academic contexts. On the other hand, the TOEFL iBT test evaluates 100 percent academic English proficiency. This test evaluates 50 percent academic English and 50 percent general English.

TOEFL score is taken into account in the VISA application file. You can’t negotiate with the score; you must have the required score. Thus, TOEFL is your passport to study abroad. Like any passport, it is valid for a period of time. TOEFL score is valid for 2-year.

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TOEFL Exam Registration Process in 2024

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TOEFL Exam Eligibility
  • Age Limit: The conducting body of the TOEFL test has not set any age limit. Therefore, anyone can sit for the exam. Especially, higher study aspirants planning to study abroad in an English-speaking country need to sit for the TOEFL exam as a part of the application or admission process.

  • Education Qualifications: Although ETS has not set any academic qualification as a part of the TOEFL eligibility criteria, students who opt for the TOEFL exam should have passed 10+2 (Higher/Senior Secondary Level Exam) from a recognized board of education to be eligible to sit for the TOEFL exam.

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Reading: In this reading section, you will be required to read 3 to 5 passages, and answer 12 to 14 numbers of questions on each passage.

Writing: In this writing section, your essay should effectively address the topic, and the response should be properly organised, as well as well-developed using relevant explanations and support. In addition to that, it should also display unity, coherence and progression.

Speaking: In this speaking section, your responses must fulfil the needs of the task given with only minor errors. This speaking test required highly intelligible as well as sustained conversation.

Listening: In this listening section, you are required to listen to short and long conversations. After hearing the short conversation, you will be asked one question and multiple choice answers will be given. You will have to choose the correct answer. Whereas, in the long conversation, you will be asked multiple questions based on the conversation.





3–4 passages - 10 questions each

Duration: 54-72 minutes

For the TOEFL Reading section, candidates would be required to read multiple passages and answer 30 - 40 questions.


2 tasks

Duration: 50 minutes

For the TOEFL Writing Section, candidates would be required to read a passage, listen to a recording and type their response.


4 tasks

Duration: 17 minutes

For the TOEFL Speaking Section, candidates would be required to talk about a familiar topic and discuss material they have read and listened to.


3-4 Lectures and 2-3 Conversations - 10 questions each

Duration: 41-57 minutes

For the TOEFL Listening section, candidates would be required to answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions.

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Exam Syllabus

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Test Centers

Conducted by the ETS – Educational Testing Service, TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language is considered one of the most demanding English proficiency tests for higher study aspirants abroad. Here, you will get a comprehensive state and city-wise list of TOEFL test centres based in India.

Top TOEFL Test Centres in India in 2024

Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Gurugram, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nizamabad, Patna, Prayagraj, Puducherry, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Warangal,


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Result statistics

You will get four scaled section scores/results for TOEFL and a total score/consolidated score. Each section has a score range of 0–30. These are added together for a total score of 0–120.




Advanced (24–30)
High-Intermediate (18–23)
Low-Intermediate (4–17)
Below Low-Intermediate (0–3)


Advanced (24–30)
High-Intermediate (17–23)
Low-Intermediate (13–16)
Basic (7–12)
Below Basic (0–6)


Advanced (22–30)
High-Intermediate (17–21)
Low-Intermediate (9–16)
Below Low-Intermediate (0–8)


Advanced (25–30)
High-Intermediate (20–24)
Low-Intermediate (16–19)
Basic (10–15)
Below Basic (0–9)

Frequently Asked Questions


You will get an option for cancelling the test score at the end of the exam. Furthermore, you can’t cancel the score of any one section of the test. You will be charged a US$20 fee for ordering each Additional Score Report.

You will be able to achieve a perfect score by practicing more and more. There are an end number of books, study materials and practice tests available online and offline. Besides, you get an official practice test to gain the experience of taking the real test.

You need to register for the TOEFL test as early as possible, because seats are filled quickly. Register 3 to 4 months prior you sit for the exam. Also, the test date should be at least 2-3 months before your nearest application deadline.

You can retake the TOEFL test as many times as you wish. Moreover, you can’t take it more than once in three days. If you have already registered for the test, then you can’t register again for the test within three days of your existing appointment.

The TOEFL iBT test varies from country to country. The TOEFL registration fees for India are US$190, for US it is US$195, and for Australia it is around US$300.

The half of the exam fee will be repaid if the candidate cancels the registration before the 4 days deadline. Cash refunds are not available, refunds are paid only in US dollars.

The TOEFL iBT test is delivered through the internet. The test is administered online at testing sites across the world. It monitors the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of the candidates. The test is offered 50 times a year. On the other hand, the revised TOEFL paper-based test, which replaced the TOEFL PBT test analyses the writing, reading, and listening skills of the candidates. In this test, speaking skills cannot be measured because of the limitations of capturing spoken responses.

The conducting body of TOEFL is ETS. Anybody who wants to study or work abroad can give this test to prove English language proficiency. This language score helps students get admission in various Universities abroad, especially for English-speaking countries.



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