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The full form of TOEFL exam is Test of English as a Foreign Language exam.

When it comes to study abroad opportunities and testing English for non native speaker, TOEFL is a popular exam conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service) – a private non-profit organization. Its tests the English speaking, reading, writing and listening capability of the test taker in a classroom ambiance.

Acceptance of TOEFL score

The TOEFL score is presently accepted by  9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries.

In English speaking countries the TOEFL score is accepted for college/university admission. Also, professional agencies accept the TOEFL score as proof to the applicant’s candidature. TOEFL score is also being increasingly accepted by immigration departments (Australian visa, U.K. visa) to issue residential and work visas. Medical and licensing agencies use the TOEFL score for certification purpose.

In U.S., the TOEFL score is accepted by 2400+ institutes. 1069 B-Schools now accept TOEFL score for MBA admission.

From taking the TOEFL test, the corresponding score is valid for the next two years.

Format of the exam

There are two formats of the TOEFL exam:


This is the online version of TOEFL exam conducted more than 50 times in a year to test writing, reading, speaking and listening capability of applicants. The TOEFL iBT is an Internet based test introduced in the year 2005. Since inception of TOEFL iBT exam, the computer based exam has been stopped.


This is the paper version of TOEFL exam conducted only in locations where TOEFL iBT exam is not possible. It judges the reading, listening, grammar and writing skills of the TOEFL test taker.

Applicants can apply for TOEFL exam in the following ways:

  • Register online
  • By mail
  • By phone
  • In person

TOEFL exam time duration

The total time duration of TOEFL exam is 4 hours.

Section Time
Reading 60 – 80 Minutes
Listening 60 – 90 Minutes
Speaking 20 Minutes
Writing 50 Minutes

The TOEFL exam can be taken up more than once. However, there should be a gap of 12-days from your previous TOEFL exam registration date.

TOEFL test locations

You can select your convenient TOEFL test location here.

TOEFL test locations (India)

In India the TOEFL exam is conducted in the following cities:

  • Amritsar
  • Bangalore
  • Bardoli
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Fatehpur
  • Guntur
  • Gurgaon
  • Guwhati
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kolhapur
  • Kolkata
  • Kollam
  • Kothrood, Pune
  • Liluah, Howrah
  • Ludhiana
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nashik
  • Navarangpura
  • Navi Mumbai
  • Nellore District
  • Nizamabad
  • Noida
  • Panjim
  • Puducherry
  • Pune
  • Ranchi
  • Surat
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Trichy
  • Trivandrum
  • Vadodara
  • Vallabh Vidyanagar
  • Vijayawada
  • West Godavari
  • Visakapatnam
  • Warangal


TOEFL exam fees

The fees for TOEFL exam depends on the test location. Prices of the TOEFL iBT vary in each country ranging from $160 to $240. For Indian test location, the exam fee is $170 (Rs, 12, 000 – approx).The fees for paper-based TOEFL exam is $160.

TOEFL exam history

The history of TOEFL goes as far as 1962 when a national council made up of representatives of 30 government and private organizations was formed to tackle the problem of ensuring English language proficiency among non-English speakers wishing to pursue academic programs in the United States universities. TOEFL was originally developed at the Center for Applied Linguistics under the direction of Standford University applied linguistics professor Dr. Charles A Ferguson.

In 1964, TOEFL was administered by the Modern Language Association financed by grants from the Ford Foundation and Danforth Foundation. In 1965, The College Board and ETS jointly assumed the responsibility for the continuation of the TOEFL testing program. In the year 1973, a cooperative arrangement was made between The College Board, ETS and Graduate Record Examinations to run the program. Under the guidance of TOEFL board, ETS was to administer the exam.

The present statistics shows that the TOEFL exam is taken up by 30 million people worldwide. The test is conducted in 4500 test locations across 165 countries.

TOEFL score

TOEFL Exam Sections TOEFL Score Range Number of Questions
Reading 0-30 50
Listening 0-30 3 parts (30 questions + 8 questions + 12 questions)
Speaking 0-30 6
Writing 0-30 2

The sum of the above four sections makes the total TOEFL exam score in a scale of 0 -120. TOEFL scores are available online within 10 days from the TOEFL test date. ETS sends the TOEFL score of candidates to their preferred institutes (up to 4) free of cost. Printed scores are sent to TOEFL candidates in 13 – days (approx).

Both human scoring and machine scoring is levied on TOEFL exam for accuracy.

Interpretation of English knowledge through TOEFL exam score

TOEFL Score Interpretation
118 – 120 Expert English User
110 – 117 Very Good English User
94 – 109 Good English User
60 – 93 Competent English User
35 – 59 Modest English User
32 – 34 Limited English User
0 – 31 Non English User

TOEFL exam dates

The TOEFL exam date is usually scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. To check TOEFL exam dates in India click here.

To get Form for TOEFL exam registration, click here.

TOEFL Junior Tests

ETS also conducts TOEFL Junior tests intended to examine the English proficiency of mid school level students of age group 11 years (approx). The TOEFL Junior tests is also conducted in two forms – TOEFL Junior Standard (on paper) and TOEFL Junior Comprehensive (on computer). There are three sections in the TOEFL Junior test:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Language Form and Meaning

TOEFL Exam Reference Books

List of best five e-books that every TOEFL students should download once they set on board with their preparation. The books not only promise to be a constant guide but are source of great score board as well.

Longman Introductory Course for TOEFL Test –
The book has a text version as well and is popular for its easy language and illustrations. It comes along with 2 audio recordings that you need cautiously listen for a well versed preparation. The e-book is available in an updated format that considers the recent syllabus of TOEFL as the module. Sample tests and their solutions at the end, makes the book a must pick for TOEFL examinees.

Cambridge Preparation for iBT TOEFL Test (4th edition) –
If you want a special guide for the language section, then this is the e-book you got to download now. Even without a mentor, the book has ample resources that anyone can use for self study. The book ends with four sample tests that you give students a first-hand idea about the TOEFL exam. A portion of this book also extends focus on supporting skills section covering pronunciation, study skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Barron’s How to Prepare for TOEFL Test –
The current computer based TOEFL exam is new and you may find it little hard to find books that cover this new syllabus. Barron?s book is one such that has taken into account the new syllabus making the book a must read before your TOEFL exams. Audio clips of industry experts, professors and mentors make this easy to understand and an addition to your study materials.

400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL –
Anyone wanting to improve their English can opt for this book. In case of TOEFL student this is an extensive coverage of a portion of the vocabulary section. Other than definition and meaning of TOEFL related words, you also get practice assessments and useful study materials in this e-books which is sure to boast your preparation.

Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT –
The Longman?s TOEFL book series has this one as one of the advanced version. The book has both electronic and paper version. Start with the e-book and on liking you can always order a piece. The book comes along with diagnostic pre and post practice tests that allow students to identify their state of preparation easily.

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