The TOEFL is a Test of English as a foreign language. It measures the ability of a nonnative English speaker to use the English language as it is heard, spoken, written and read in the university classrooms. So, the TOEFL tests how well you do with English in a university classroom

Who takes the TOEFL?

The TOEFL is taken by those students who do not have English as their native language for applying to universities of English-speaking countries like the United States or Canada. Some countries use the TOEFL for immigration purposes. Sometimes the TOEFL is used for professional licenses like ‘nursing’. Some schools in European countries use the TOEFL to test student’s English language abilities. If you are an English language learner and you hope to work or study abroad, TOEFL can be the right choice for you. There is a fair chance that you will have to take TOEFL at some point.

How do I take the TOEFL?

The first step is to register for the exam. Most people will opt for the TOEFL IBT that is TOEFL computer-based exam and it occurs about 50 times a year. Test centers and dates can fill up quickly though. So, try to reserve the test several months before you actually plan to take the test. Once you have chosen a center you may register and pay your fee. Being registered you get to be eligible to take the TOEFL. Show up on the test date, make sure you bring your ID and take the test.

Where is the TOEFL offered?

TOEFL is offered all around the world. No matter where you live there is probably a center in your country or if you live in a big city you might as well find a TOEFL center there.

How long is the TOEFL?

Expect to take half of your day taking the TOEFL. The duration of the test is 4hrs but along with that, you need to reach the center early so don’t just have 4 hrs. in mind while taking the TOEFL. It might take you much longer than that.

What is it like to take the TOEFL?

If you are prepared for your TOEFL, you can go for it. Your preparation needs to be as much as like that of the test taken at the center. Sometimes you may be comfortable speaking English at home but when it comes to speaking at the test center of TOEFL things can turn out to be quite different for you. In this case, practice is very much needed for you to give your test properly. For example, in speaking all the students give their answers through the headphone at the same time which can turn out to be very annoying. However, if you have practiced enough you might be as well able to handle the situation and won’t get carried away.

There are four parts to the TOEFL:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing

 They are normally taken in the order given above.

How much does TOEFL cost?

There is no single cost definite for TOEFL. Your cost will depend on the country and the test center you choose. Generally, the cost is $200 US Dollars per test. The TOEFL is an important milestone and is worth preparing for.

How difficult is TOEFL?

TOEFL is not an easy test. Even many English native speakers don’t manage to score high on TOEFL. The reason is that it is a test that demands preparation. The more you prepare the better you will do. Each section is difficult for different students. For example, some may find the reading section difficult.

 The reading section has 3 to 4 passages with 12 to 14 questions on each section. The reading passages will be academic like those you will find in university classes. These passages can be a little difficult not only for non-natives but also for the natives. So, it needs thorough preparation.

The listening section will have 6 to 7 recordings which will be academic too, it might be a conversation between a professor and a student. You only get to listen to the audio once which is very dense and sometimes it is difficult to understand the accent. So, you would have to take notes as you listen and be prepared for the questions at the end.

Many students find speaking to be the most stressful part of the test. There are six questions and you are supposed to speak them through the headset. Since you have to be natural there is no need to prepare too much. Do not memorize answers because your answers do not need to be artificial

On TOEFL writing there are 20 mins for one essay and 30 mins for the other essay. You can revise your essay and go back to it when you want.

How is the TOEFL scored?

For each section, you can get a maximum score of 30. So, it all adds up to 120. Since most questions are multiple choice questions for reading and listening there is simply a score for each correct answer. There is no negative marking so don’t leave any question blank, simply take a guess. The speaking and writing questions are not multiple-choice questions and you are graded based on your performance.

What is s good score on TOEFL?

A good average score is above 84. A good score is one that helps you meet your goal. Most universities ask for a score of 100. Some students aim a score of 120 which is a perfect score but needs a great amount of preparation.


Practice reading, writing, speaking and listening of English for the TOEFL. There are many practices test you would find developed by experts. Your score will be given 10 days after you give your test. You can retake the test if your score is low. So, no worries just do your best and remember that there is always another chance.

If you want to know more about TOEFL you can visit the official TOEFL site;

Everything you need to know about TOEFL

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