The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an English proficiency test used by students planning to study abroad as well as those seeking to immigrate to English-speaking nations. It is the most extensively used exam on the planet.
The TOEFL test is conducted by the ETS (Education Testing Service) in two different ways.
TOEFL iBT means Internet based test. Earlier there used to be a three skills-paper based test but recently it was stopped and only TOEFL iBT is being conducted. With the surge in Covid-19 pandemic, to make the test more convenient to take, the test conducting body has come up with three different ways of TOEFL iBT test from which students can choose their own way to take the test.
TOEFL essentials test is recently introduced by the ETS to make the test easier and user friendly, with a good quality that Universities respect. It is faster and shorter version of TOEFL iBT. TOEFL Essentials is a 1 ½ test with a personal video statement required.
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Here is the structure of TOEFL test with number of questions and test durations.
|TOEFL Sections||Number of Questions||Duration|
|Reading||3-4 Passages||60 – 80 minutes|
|Listening||34-51 Questions||60 – 90 minutes|
|Speaking||2 Independent tasks + 4 Integrated tasks||20 minutes|
|Writing||1 Independent task + 1 Integrated task||50 minutes|
iBT means Internet-based test and PBT means Paper-based test. TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT differ in number of sections. TOEFL PBT will not have writing where TOEFL iBT contains a writing section. And the highest score for TOEFL iBT and PBT are 120 and 677 respectively.
TOEFL 2023 registrations can be completed over the phone, online, by mail, or in person at a test registration center. Steps to Register TOEFL Online are available here.
And last but not least, be prepared for the second attempt too, and plan your first test accordingly.
As TOEFL is conducted all year long, prepare yourself and take at least 2 months before the university admission deadline. By which, you can have enough time for a second attempt.
Any assessment can be cracked with best practices only. Best practices come from best plans. Here are some tips to prepare for the TOEFL test.
Determine your target score:
Each university or nation has its own set of standard cutoffs. So be sure to verify the nations' qualifying conditions and select your desired score.
Take practice tests
Take as many TOEFL practice tests as possible to familiarize yourself with the test format. It will also let you know question patterns, time limitations, and other factors. Furthermore, these practice exams will allow you to identify your weaknesses and strengths.
Focus on Vocabulary
As TOEFL is a completely English proficiency testing exam, all the sections involve testing your vocabulary. So make sure to have more focus on vocabulary
Maintain Error Log
An error log is a record of your errors that can help in not repeating those.
Habituate to Reading & Listening
The fun part of preparing for TOEFL is reading novels, stories or a magazine is also part of the Reading practice. In the same way, watching English movies, sitcoms, the news is part of the Listening practice. Make these habits in your free time.
Practice a lot
The more you practice, the better your TOEFL score will be.
The TOEFL score ranges from 0 to 130 points, which are broken into four divisions as follows:
A score of 85-90 in TOEFL is considered moderate. But 100+ scores in TOEFL can help you get placed in top universities abroad.
The TOEFL test can be rescheduled or canceled within four full days before the exam day. And the fee to re-schedule the TOEFL test is $60.
2 years. TOEFL test results will be valid for 2 years to apply to universities. You can take the printout of the score from the ETS account within eight days after taking the test.
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