About the TOEFL iBT Test
The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
Why Take the TOEFL Test?
Compared to other English-language tests, the TOEFL test includes a number of advantages that help you stand out from other applicants.
More Popular With Students
More TOEFL scores are sent to U.S. and Canadian universities than all other English-language tests combined.1
More TOEFL scores are sent to German and French universities than any other English-language tests.1
More Preferred by Universities
The TOEFL test is the English-language test most preferred by universities in the United States, France and Germany, and by graduate programs in Canada.1
Who Takes the TOEFL Test?
More than 35 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.
- Students planning to study at a higher education institution
- English language learning program admissions and exit
- Scholarship and certification candidates
- English language learners who want to track their progress
- Students and workers applying for visas
Who Accepts TOEFL Test Scores?
TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 11,000 universities and other institutions worldwide, including universities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., the U.S., and across Europe and Asia. It is the English-language test most preferred by universities in the United States, France and Germany, and by graduate programs in Canada.
TOEFL iBT Test Content
The TOEFL iBT test is given in English and administered via the internet. It takes about 3 hours total for the 4 sections of the test (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing). Be sure to plan for 3½ hours, allowing 30 minutes for the check-in process.
Combining All 4 Skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing
During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine your English communication skills, such as:
- Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
- Listen and then speak in response to a question
- Read, listen and then write in response to a question
TOEFL iBT Test Sections
|Reading||54–72 minutes||30–40 questions||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.|
|Listening||41–57 minutes||28–39 questions||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.|
|Speaking||17 minutes||4 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.|
- The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that do not count toward your score. These are either questions that enable ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions.
- Please 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. Be sure to pace yourself so that you have time to answer all the questions.
- A standard English language (QWERTY) computer keyboard is used for the test. We recommend that you practice typing on a QWERTY keyboard before taking the test.
Who Accepts TOEFL Scores?
More than 11,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries accept TOEFL scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:
- Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas.
- Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes.
- Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English.
Institutions that Accept TOEFL Scores
The TOEFL test is:
- Preferred in the United States.9 out of 10 U.S. universities prefer the TOEFL test over other English-language tests1, and U.S. universities receive more TOEFL scores than all other English-language tests combined.2
- More popular in Canada.More than 80% of graduate programs in Canada prefer the TOEFL test over other English-language tests.3 Canadian universities receive more TOEFL scores than all other English-language tests combined.4
- 100% accepted in Australia and New Zealand. TOEFL scores are accepted by all Australian and New Zealand universities and for all Australian and New Zealand immigration.
- Preferred in France and Germany.French and German universities prefer the TOEFL test and receive more TOEFL scores than any other English-language test.5
- Widely accepted in the U.K.More than 98% of universities in the U.K. accept TOEFL scores, including 100% of the elite Russell Group universities, providing a fair and unbiased alternative.
For Australia, TOEFL iBT test scores can be used to satisfy the required language component for student, post-study, skilled migration and business visas. Please visit Australian Visas for more information.
For the U.K., TOEFL iBT test scores are accepted for Tier 4 student visas under certain conditions. Please visit U.K. Visas for more information.
For New Zealand, TOEFL iBT test scores can be used to prove English-language proficiency for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. Applicants need a total score of 79 or more from a test taken within 2 years prior to their application date. Please visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information.
1 Source: Survey of 59 admissions officers at the top 100 U.S. universities who accept both the TOEFL test and the IELTS™ test and who expressed a preference.
2 Source: Survey of 329 admissions officers at U.S. universities.
3 Source: Survey of 44 graduate admissions officers at Canadian universities.
4 Source: Survey of 107 admissions officers at Canadian universities.
5 Sources: Surveys of university admissions officers (59 in France and 100 in Germany).
TOEFL iBT Test Fees
Details on our fees and payment policies:
|Registration||Fees vary by country.|
|Reinstatement of canceled scores||US$20|
|Additional score reports (per institution or agency)||US$20 each|
|Speaking or Writing Section score review||US$80|
|Speaking and Writing Section score review||US$160|
Fees are subject to change without notice. The above amounts are inclusive of any Value Added or similar taxes that ETS is liable to pay. In jurisdictions where the customer is required to account for any local taxes due, the price remitted to ETS excludes those taxes. In those circumstances, it is the sole responsibility of the customer to pay those taxes to the local tax authority. ETS is not responsible or liable for collecting and remitting those taxes on the customer’s behalf.
If your payment is declined by your bank or your debit/credit card provider, you will be charged a fee of US$20.
Prepare for the TOEFL iBT Test
ADIL Consultants (SMC-PVT) Limited offers a variety of practice materials to help you prepare for the TOEFL iBT test and build your English skills. Materials include free sample questions, practice tests, interactive skill-building programs, and detailed tips and information for understanding more about the test.
You can register in online/in class schedule TOEFL Test Preparation, with videos, short quizzes and tips from expert instructors.
· TOEFL Test Preparation and English Skill Building
· Free Test Preparation Resources
· Free Additional Resources
TOEFL iBT Test Scores
Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. You must answer at least 1 question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least 1 essay, and complete at least 1 speaking task to receive an official score. For the TOEFL iBT test, administered via the internet, you will receive 4 scaled section scores and a total score:
- Reading Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Listening Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Speaking Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Writing Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Total Score (0–120)
|Grade||Cambridge English Scale Score (160–210)||CEFR Level|
|CEFR Level B2||160–179||B2|
Scores are also reported between 142 and 159. Candidates who achieve a score in this range will not receive a certificate, but their score will be shown on their Statement of Results.
Scoring in the past:
Before the scoring reformations, the Statement of Results had the following information, reflecting the total combined score from all four papers:
- A grade (A–C) for the overall exam
- A score (out of 100) for the overall exam
- A CEFR level for the overall exam.
Cambridge English Level B2 certificate
- For candidates scoring between 45 and 59.
Certificate in Advanced English – CEFR Level C1
- Grades B and C
- For candidates scoring between 60 and 79.
Certificate in Advanced English – CEFR Level C2
- Grade A
- For candidates scoring between 80 and 100
Awarded to exceptional candidates who show ability beyond Level C1