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About TOEFL®

About the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)

TOEFL, which stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language, is a test for a person to comprehend and understand English in an academic setting. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) designs and administers the test and it is a registered trademark of ETS. The aim of TOEFL is to deal with the problem of securing proficiency in English for non-native speakers who aspire to study at American universities. Institutions like licensing bodies, government agencies, scholarship programs or businesses may also require this test. The validity of TOEFL scores is two years following which they will not be reported.

Over 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies accept The TOEFL® test in over 130 countries and it is the world’s most widely acclaimed English language test. For studying in Australia, the U.K., the United States and Canada, it is the TOEFL test that will help you to get there.

Who Accepts TOEFL® Scores?
Other than the institutions, agencies and colleges mentioned above which accept The TOEFL® scores, other organizations that depend on TOEFL scores are as follows:

  • Work and residential visas are issued by Immigration departments on the basis of TOEFL® scores.
  • Medical and licensing issue professional certification using them. 
  • TOEFL® scores are used by Individuals for monitoring their progress in learning English

TOEFL® Score

TOEFL® does not have a failing or passing score. Each higher education institution sets its own individual score requirements, and there is usually just one factor that contributes to admission in general. Each college will set a minimum TOEFL score for its programs.

61 is the minimum TOEFL iBT score (Bowling Green State University) and 100 is the maximum score (MIT, Columbia, Harvard).  According to a sample taken of required TOEFL admissions scores, undergraduate admissions require a total TOEFL iBT score of 74.2 for and 82.6 is needed for graduate admissions.

Total Score

The total possible score of TOEFL is 120 points

Validity of the TOEFL® score

The validity of TOEFL scores is two years after the date of the test.

Why Take the TOEFL® Test? What are the advantages?

More Choices: Over 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in over 130 countries depend on TOEFL® test scores for admissions decisions. 

More Convenient: You can choose your TOEFL test from more than 4,500 conveniently located test centers in more than 165 countries across the globe. Time and money is also saved as the entire test is conducted in a single day, in comparison to having to return for a second day like some other tests.

Measures Academic Skills: You can prove that you have the English skills required for using in the academic classroom through the TOEFL test; in the test, you might have to listen to a lecture, read a passage from a textbook and then speak or write about it as you would in a classroom. Due to the test the test being entirely composed of academic questions and tasks, many universities regard this test as the most relevant test for making admissions decisions.

Facilitates Speaking More Fairly: Although it is possible to take a test with a speaking interview, it is also possible that you may not rated you fairly if your interviewer has a bad day You can be sure with the TOEFL test for your score to be more objective and reliable, due to speaking responses being recorded and evaluated by three to six ETS raters instead of only one rater from a local testing site.

Scores Help You Stand Out: You will be able to stand out with TOEFL test scores due to the quality, fairness and the complete academic content of the TOEFL test. Out of 9,000 colleges, and other agencies in 130 countries, 100 top universities the world over widely accept this test as the most relevant English language test in the world. You will be proving your readiness for academic success by sending a good TOEFL score to a university of your choice.