TOEFL stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language.” It’s an English-language test that assesses the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand English in the university classroom setting. It’s administered by the Educational Testing Service.


Who should take it?

Non-native English-speaking students with a desire to study abroad, especially at an English-speaking university, understand the excellent opportunity to expand their perspective as well as gain an advantage in the job market both at home and abroad. Often, graduates and employees take the test to fulfill a requirement of employment agencies, licensing institutions or government institutions. Taking the TOEFL test puts them on the path to success.


Is it really necessary?

It is often a requirement for admission to English-speaking universities and is accepted at more than 9,000 institutions in over 130 countries. Admissions officers consider the TOEFL test an accurate measure of a student’s ability to succeed in an English-speaking university setting.


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How do you know if the TOEFL test is required by the institution where you’re applying?

Check with the institution directly. Universities set their own score requirements based on their determination of the English skills their students need. You can do a TOEFL destination search for institutions that accept the TOEFL test.


What is the best way to prepare for the TOEFL?

The best TOEFL preparation is knowing what’s on the test. There are four sections:

  • Listening Comprehension measures ability to understand North American English.
  • Structure and Written Expression assesses the ability to recognize appropriate written English.
  • Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension measures the ability to understand non-technical material.
  • Essay Writing assesses the ability to express ideas in written English.

You’ll receive a score from 0 to 30 for each section and a total score of 0 to 120 for the whole test.


What if you fail?

Good news! There is no passing or failing score. Score requirements are not set by the Educational Testing Service. They’re set by the individual universities and colleges. You score is valid for two years. You can have the results mailed to you or you can view them easily online. Test scores can be sent to up to four institutions preselected by you.

While the test fee depends on where you will be taking the test, you can retake the test as many times as you wish. The only restriction is that you can take it only once within any 12-day period.

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