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The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required as evidence of English language proficiency for admission to many US and Canadian universities. It also recognised for migration purposes for Australia and New Zealand.

It is conducted most commonly as an internet-based test, and consists of four main sections, each assessing the following skills, as per ETS, the organising body of the TOEFL:

Section I: Reading

Command of academic vocabulary and grammatical structure; understand and connect information; make appropriate inferences and synthesize ideas; recognise the expository organisation of a text, and the role that specific information serves within the larger text; abstract major ideas from a text.
Section II: Listening

Understand main ideas and important details, whether they are stated or implied; distinguish more important ideas from less important ones; understand how information is being used; recognize how pieces of information are connected; understand many different ways that speakers use language for purposes other than to give information; synthesize information, even when it is not presented in sequence, and make correct inferences on the basis of that information.
Section III: Speaking

Fluidity of expression; clarity of speech; usage of grammar and vocabulary; control of basic and complex grammatical structures; development and coherency of response; clarity of progression of ideas;
Section IV: Writing

Effectively address a given topic and task; organisation and development of ideas; usage of appropriate explanations, exemplifications, and/or details; unity, progression, and coherence of ideas; consistent facility in the use of language, demonstrating syantactic variety, appropriate word choice, and idomaticity.
Reading35 - 56 questions60 - 80 minutes0 - 30
Listening34 - 51 questions60 - 90 minutes0 - 30
Speaking6 tasks20 minutes0 - 30
Writing2 tasks50 minutes0 - 30
Total4 hours 30 minutes
Including check in time
0 - 120


Which countries require the TOEFL?

The TOEL Is used as evidence of English proficiency for admission to many US and Canada universities, as well as for migration purposes for Australia and New Zealand.

What is a good TOEFL score?

Your target TOEFL score will depend very much on the score(s) required by the university or universities you are applying
to. In general, most top US colleges ask for a minimum total score of 100.

How long is my TOEFL score valid for?

TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.

How often can I sit for the TOEFL?

You may sit for the TOEFL any number of times, but no more than once within a 12-day period.

When is the TOEFL held?

The TOEFL is held on multiple dates every month throughout the year.

When will my results be available?

TOEFL scores are available online approximately 10 days from the date of your test sitting.



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