TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

In the following section, we have tried to put together the basic information about TOEFL. ETS.org is the source for most of the following information. For more detailed information, please visit the ETS web site at www.ets.org

General Topics

TOEFL basics

Registering for TOEFL

TOEFL costs

TOEFL test formats

Internet-based TOEFL

Computer-based TOEFL

Paper-based TOEFL

Subjects tested

Free tutorials and practice tests

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FAQ's

How can I be exempt from taking TOEFL?

Where can I find the TOEFL college / university code, my country code and any other code for registration purposes?

What is the cut off TOEFL score of the US universities?

Where can I get more information about TOEFL?

 

TOEFL basics

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language, and it tests English proficiency of students who do not speak English as their first language.

Most US Universities require international students to appear for the TOEFL exams before admission. TOEFL is offered in three formats: paper-based test, computer-based test, and internet-based test. In most cases, US universities require that you have at least a score of 80 for the internet-based test or 213 for the computer based test. You can only appear for the TOEFL exam at the authorized centers only.

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Registering for TOEFL

There are three main ways to register for TOEFL: online, by phone, and by mail. Once you are ready to take the TOEFL test, go to the ets.org website – TOEFL Registration

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TOEFL costs

  • Computer-based TOEFL costs $140 (includes 1 examinee score record and 4 score reports sent to institutions designated when you register).
  • Paper-based TOEFL costs $140 (includes 1 examinee score record and 4 score reports sent to institutions designated when you register).
  • Rescheduling Fee (CBT only) US$40
  • Additional Score Report Requests US$17 (per recipient)
  • Reinstatement of Canceled Scores (CBT only) US$20
  • TOEFL CBT Essay Rescore US$60
  • TOEFL PBT Answer Sheet Rescore US$25
  • TWE Essay Rescore US$50
  • Fee for Returned Check US$20

 

TOEFL test formats

There are three test formats available for TOEFL: Internet-based TOEFL, Computer-based TOEFL, and Paper-based TOEFL. In the future, the test format will all be Internet-based TOEFL.

However, currently many test centers are still using Computer-based TOEFL or Paper-based TOEFL. You would have to check, which test format is available at your test center.

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Internet-based TOEFL

The following tables explain in details the subjects tested in the Internet-based TOEFL, formats of the exams, length of the test and the score range:

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Computer-based TOEFL

The following tables explain in details the subjects tested in the Computer-based TOEFL, formats of the exams, length of the test and the score range:

Paper-based TOEFL

The following tables explain in details the subjects tested in the Paper-based TOEFL, formats of the exams, length of the test and the score range:

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Subjects tested

The subject that will be tested in your TOEFL test slightly varies based on the type of test that you take (paper based, computer based, or internet based). The ets.org website explain you in more detail, the subject that will be tested in each type of test

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Free tutorials and practice tests

Computer-based TOEFL

Paper-based TOEFL

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How can I be exempt from taking TOEFL?

You can be exempt under certain conditions, such as if you are coming from an English speaking country as the UK or if you have previously studied in the USA.

We suggest that you check with the admissions office at the University about the exemption criteria.

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Where can I find the TOEFL college / university code, my country code and any other code for
registration purposes?

When you register for TOEFL test, you need to put several codes, such as: the college / university code where you want to sent your score, the department code for graduate program and above, your country code, your native language code, and your test center code.

You can find those codes in the TOEFL code list below:

Paper-based / Computer-based code list
Internet-based code list

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What is the cut off TOEFL score of the US universities?

Each US university determines its own cut off scores. Moreover, some departments have their own cut off limits. For example, the Computer Science department may have a different cut off score limit than the English department of the same university. The average minimum score required by most Universities is:

Paper based test - 550

Computer based test - 213

Internet based test - 80

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Where can I get more information about TOEFL?

You can get more information about TOEFL by visiting ets.org - TOEFL

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