The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is also a standard form of test that measures your ability to use and understand English at the University level. It evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. Due to this property, more TOEFL scores are sent to U.S. and Canadian universities than all other English-language tests combined. It is also preferred by the Universities of France, Germany, New Zealand, and other European and Asian nations. Studying for the TOEFL test helps ensure you arrive at the university better prepared than others who have not taken the TOEFL test. There are no unfair TOEFL test centers because tests aren’t scored there. Tests are only scored through a centralized scoring network. In case of crucial Speaking section, multiple human raters who do not know test takers’ identities are used. This prevents the bias that can occur in other tests that use a face-to-face interview with a single rater.
The TOEFL test has over 50 test dates per year at authorized test centers around the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment.
Similar to IELTS, TOEFL is too divided into 4 sections.
TOEFL iBT Test Sections
|Reading||60–80 minutes||36–56 questions||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.|
|Listening||60–90 minutes||34–51 questions||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions, and conversations, then answer questions.|
|Speaking||20 minutes||6 tasks||Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks||Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.|
In the reading or listening section, some extra questions can be included that do not count toward your score. You have to read the timing instructions for the Reading Section carefully. The instructions will indicate how many passages you will receive and the amount of time you have to respond to questions for those passages.