The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand English as it’s read, written, heard and spoken in the university classroom.
If you want to study at an English-speaking university or program, no other test can get you to as many destinations around the world as the TOEFL test.
In most test centers worldwide, you’ll take the TOEFL iBT® test on a computer. However, the TOEFL test is administered as a paper-based test (TOEFL® PBT) in a few places where testing via the Internet is not available.
The TOEFL test measures all four English-language skills. It takes about four hours.
Section Time Limit No. of Questions Overview
Reading 60—80 minutes 36—56 questions Read passages, then respond to questions
Listening 60—90 minutes 34—51 questions Listen to lectures or a classroom discussion, then respond to questions
BREAK Relax for 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Speak into a microphone about familiar topics and discuss material you read about and listened to
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Read a passage, listen to a recording and then type your written response
About TOEFL iBT ® Scores:
• Score requirements are set by individual colleges and universities.
• You’ll receive a score from 0 to 30 for each section and a total score of 0 to 120 for the entire test.
• Scores are valid for 2 years after your test date.
• You can try for a better score as many times as you’d like—there are unlimited retakes. (You just can’t take the test more than once in a 12-day period.)
Getting and Sending Your Scores:
• Your scores will be ready in 10 days, and you can view them easily online.
• A paper score report will be mailed to you if you select that option when you register.
• Scores are sent free to up to 4 institutions that you select prior to your test day.