TOEFL 2020


    TOEFL 2020 Overview: Exam Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Sample Papers

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    Due to the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, ETS decided to launch Special Home Edition for TOEFL iBT for the convenience of the candidates who aim to pursue higher education abroad. Most of TOEFL Test Centers are temporarily closed due to pandemic outbreak. ETS also follows to check the minimal requirement of equipment at home. ETS uploaded few webinars on the official website to make the candidates familiarized with the feature. After writing the exam, candidates will receive TOEFL scores within 6-10 days. Candidates will not receive any hard copy of TOEFL scorecard due to COVID 19. Report will be mailed to the official website.

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    For excellence, ETS utilizes Artificial Intelligence technology to maintain security measures during the exam even at home. Test takers with disabilities can request for available slots even at home.

    Why take TOEFL?

    Why take TOEFL?

    More than 9000 top universities of the world accept TOEFL scores as a prerequisite for English language proficiency. Indian students take this language proficiency test to measure their skills in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Candidates pursue TOEFL for different reasons like high school degree, bachelor's degree, job, or higher education. Indian students prefer TOEFL over IELTS due to their good scores in this language test. ETS shows as per data surveyed

    TOEFL Score obtained by Indian Students

    Except TOEFL Reading, candidates secure uniform average in other sections. With an overall average score of 95, candidates can secure TIER 2 colleges in the USA and Canada easily.

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    TOEFL 2020: Highlights

    Test takers must know few details before appearing for TOEFL

    Exam NameTest of English as a Foreign Language
    Short FormTOEFL
    Level of ExamInternational
    Conducting BodyEducational Testing Service (ETS)
    Exam PatterniBT and PBT
    DurationAround 3 ½ hours
    TOEFL ibt feeINR 11468 – INR 17919
    TOEFL PBT feeINR 12901
    Score Range0-30
    TOEFL Test Centers4500 across the world
    TOEFL Helpline Number1-609-771-7100/ 1-877-863-3546

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    TOEFL Eligibility 2020

    To appear for the exam, ETS did not mention any mandatory eligibility criteria for TOEFL. Before registering, candidates must go through certain guidelines as mentioned on the official website. ETS did not mention any age limit for the applicant. As per educational eligibility, candidates must pass out a higher school degree.

    TOEFL 2020: Registration

    TOEFL Registration 2020

    Test takers can register for TOEFL either online or offline or via TOEFL official app available on play store. Application process for the exam is open all throughout the year.

    TOEFL Online Application

    Candidates will log in to the official website of TOEFL to create a validated profile. You should carry the passport as one of the primary documents while registering for TOEFL. Your name should be spelled correctly. One needs to follow few easy steps to complete the registration.

    • Fill out all necessary information as required during registration
    • Review the information provided by you
    • Finally, pay the application fee to complete the registration

    TOEFL Offline Application

    Test takers have to send TOEFL registration form via mail to the registered address.

    • Candidate firstly has to download TOEFL registration form
    • Candidates have to fill up certain codes(available online) required to fill up the registration form manually
    • One can initiate payment from the options mentioned in the form
    • After filling up the form, candidate has to send the form to RRC(Regional Registered Centers)
    • Mail should be received by them at least a month before the test date
    • If the candidate does not receive a confirmation, then h/she must call RRC at least three days before the deadline of registration.

    TOEFL Registration 2020 via Phone App

    • Visit the official website of TOEFL to find out contact number of RRC (+91-124-4147700) near preferred location
    • Candidate can pay registration fee via credit card or debit card or an e-check
    • Fill up with personal details
    • Online registration via phone will end a week before the exam date
    • If the candidate registers lately then a fine of $40 will be charged
    TOEFL 2020: Exam Pattern

    TOEFL Exam Pattern 2020

    TOEFL offers both internet-based and paper-based formats to the test takers. This exam measures language proficiency of the candidate. Candidates are being assessed on basis of language skills in

    TOEFL is of two types: TOEFL ibt and TOEFL PBT. Exam Pattern for TOEFL ibt 2020 is explained widely below

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    TOEFL Sections
    TOEFL 2020: Scores

    TOEFL Scores 2020

    For each section of TOEFL, the range of scores is between 0-30. TOEFL score has been measured through computational methods. India is a land of many cultures where candidates across regions appear for TOEFL either for a job or higher education. ETS surveyed data about the test takers from India and their performance level for language proficiency exam.

    TOEFL Score Breakup

    From the above-mentioned graph, one can easily recognize the usage of different languages in the mainland of India. Average score of the candidates from India is 90. As compared to other regions, South Indian language speaking people perform better in TOEFL. Average TOEFL score secured by the candidates speaking regional languages is 23 in overall band score.

    TOEFL Result 2020

    TOEFL scorecard will be sent over mail within 10 days of taking the exam. To download the scorecard, candidates need to log in with the registered ETS user id. TOEFL ibt score has been evaluated in a different manner as compared to TOEFL PBT score.

    TOEFL ibt Score

    Reading0-30A score of 22 to 30: High level A score of 15 to 21: Intermediate level A score of 0 to 14: Low level
    Listening0-30A score of 22 to 30: High level A score of 15 to 21: Intermediate level A score of 0 to 14: Low level
    Speaking0-30A score of 26 to 30: Good level A score of 18 to 25: Fair level A score of 10to 17: Limited level A score of 0 to 9: Weak level
    Writing0-30A score of 24 to 30: Good level A score of 17 to 23: Fair level A score of 1 to 16: Limited level

    TOEFL PBT Score

    TOEFL iBT ScoreTOEFL PBT ScoreLevel of Expertise
    118-120≥ 645Expert User
    115-117626 - 644Very Good User
    110-114610 - 625
    102-109581 - 609Good User
    94-101560 - 580
    79-93546 - 559Competent User
    60-78530 - 545
    42-59516 - 529Modest User
    35-41490 - 515
    32-34450 - 489Limited User
    0-31400 - 449Extremely Limited/Intermittent/Non User
    TOEFL 2020: Exam Dates

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    TOEFL Exam Dates 2020

    Test takers must register beforehand as per the availability of TOEFL exam dates. Candidates get around 50 exam dates for TOEFL. Before the pandemic outbreak, test takers could have taken exam at the registered test centers. Now test-takers can appear for online exams at home under surveillance.

    TOEFL 2020: Exam Centers

    TOEFL Exam Centers 2020

    Around 4500 TOEFL exam centers are located across 165 countries. In 59 cities of India, test takers can register for available exam centers as per convenience. Available exam centers for TOEFL in India are provided in the map

    TOEFL 2020: Practice Papers

    TOEFL Practice Papers 2020

    TOEFL score is an important admission requirement for any top university in the world. For securing a good score in the exam, it is necessary to practice a wide range of TOEFL sample papers. Without knowing the types and format of questions, it will be difficult. To understand the mechanism of the exam, candidates can appear for mock papers available online.

    TOEFL 2020: Preparation Tips

    TOEFL 2020: Preparation Tips

    Candidates must spend ample time to find out the weakness and strengths of TOEFL. ETS uploads sample papers online for easy access. TOEFL preparation tips must comprise of particular target score to secure with proper guidance to reach the goal. Few tips for the exam are as following

    • Use flashcards to learn vocabulary
    • Try to work in groups for better performance
    • Learn vocabulary from different academic topics
    • Always go through the questions before attempting
    • Practice skimming and scanning for passages.
    • Watch English news and movies to understand the native accent
    TOEFL 2020: Faqs

    TOEFL 2020 FAQs

    Ques. What is the TOEFL test?

    Ans. The TOEFL test measures the capacity of non-native English speakers to utilize and comprehend the English language as it is heard, verbally expressed, read and written in the college study rooms. It has a few points of advantages over other English language tests that measure your aptitude for English and encourages you to stand apart among different candidates

    TOEFL scores are acknowledged by in excess of 11,000 colleges and different institutions around the world, including colleges of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., the United States, and across Europe and Asia.

    The TOEFL iBT test is given on fixed dates, more than 50 times a year.

    Ques. How would I discover testing centers/areas and dates?

    Ans. Pick an accessible test date from among testing areas around the globe. Register through your ETS account (either on the web or by means of the TOEFL official application), via mail or by mobile phone to find the test center and date suitable for you.

    Ques. Would I be able to retake the test?

    Ans. Yes, you can. There is no restriction to the number of times you can take the examination, however, you can't take it more than once in a 3-day time span. In the event that you as of now have a test arrangement, you can't enroll for another test date that is inside 3 days of your current arrangement. The enrollment charge is expected each time you register for a test date.

    This strategy will be authorized regardless of whether a violation is not immediately identified (for instance, because of conflicting enlistment data like an error in name, address, etc).

    On the off chance that the violation is recognized after enrollment, yet before the test date, your test arrangement will be dropped and your test expense won't be refunded.

    On the off chance that the violation isn't recognized until after your scores have been accounted for, your scores will be dropped. You and any score beneficiaries will be told through an official letter. Your test fee won't be refunded.

    Ques. When would I be able to register myself for the test?

    Ans. Seats can get filled rapidly, so register early. We prescribe that you register 3 to 4 months before your ideal test date to save your seat. Your test date ought to be 2 to 3 months before your admissions application or other deadlines if any.

    Ques. How can I discover a test center?

    Ans. At the point when you select an area and date range in the online enlistment application form, you'll see a rundown of test destinations around there. You can look by site or date to discover a match to your requirements.

    Ques. What should I do if I commit an error while entering my name or date of birth.

    Ans. When you enter your name and date of birth, you can't change those fields. On the off chance that you have to roll out an improvement in your name or date of birth, contact TOEFL Services:

    Phone:1-877-863-3546 (Toll-free for test-takers in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada)
    +1-609-771-7100 (all other locations)
    September–May: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–7:45 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, except for U.S. holidays
    June–August: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5:45 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, except for U.S. holidays
    Note- Phones are busiest on Mondays.

    Ques. For what reason wouldn't I be able to get the test date I need?

    Ans. You have to enlist before 4 days of the original test date. For instance, if the test is on a Saturday, the cutoff time to enlist is Tuesday. On the off chance, if that test date you need isn't recorded, it is possible that the cutoff time for enlistment may have passed, or all seats may have been filled.

    Ques. I missed the deadline for scheduling a test. What should I do?

    Ans. Unfortunately, you will need to select another test date.

    Ques. What should I do if I have to drop or reschedule?

    Ans. You can reschedule or drop your registration as long as 4 days before your test date. That implies if your test is on a Saturday, you should reschedule or drop by Tuesday. The charge to reschedule is US$60 and it must be paid before you can enroll for another date. You can reschedule through your ETS account either online or via the TOEFL official app, or contact us by phone:

    United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada — +1-443-751-4862 or 1-800-GO-TOEFL (1-800-468-6335)

    All other locations — contact your Regional Registration Center

    Note: You cannot reschedule or cancel your registration via mail or email.

    When you reschedule, you need to provide your appointment number and the full name you used when you registered.

    Ques. What is the ideal time to register in advance?

    Ans. Register 3 to 4 months before the test date.

    Ques. Where are TOEFL test scores accepted?

    Ans. More than 11,000 colleges, universities, and agencies in 150 countries accept TOEFL test scores. You can even use your TOEFL scores to satisfy visa requirements in Australia and the U.K.

    Ques. What is the most ideal practicing approach to get ready for the TOEFL test?

    Ans. Rehearsing your English reading, listening, speaking and writing skills as much as you practice, it will assist you with feeling confident and prepared on test day.

    You need to go through the exam pattern of the paper to have a clear understanding of the paper.

    SectionsQuestions & DurationTasks
    ReadingQuestions: 30–40 questions
    Duration: 54–72 minutes
    Reading 3 or 4 passages from the academic texts and answering questions based on them
    ListeningQuestions: 28-38
    Duration: 41-57 minutes
    Listening to lectures, conversations, classroom discussions, and, then answer questions based on them.
    Break10 minutes
    SpeakingQuestions: 4 tasks
    Duration: 17 minutes
    Candidates need to express their opinion on a topic familiar to them and speak based on reading and listening tasks.
    WritingQuestions: 2 Tasks
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Task 1: Integrated Task
    Task 2: Independent Task
    Candidates need to write an opinionated essay to express logic

    Ques. How can TOEFL Practice Online be helpful to prepare for the test?

    Ans.With TOEFL Practice Online you can solve real test questions and get scores and results input inside 24 hours. Complete practice tests are accessible on the TOEFL Practice Online site and can be taken in coordinated mode to recreate the genuine TOEFL iBT testing condition.

    Ques. How long is the test session?

    Ans.The entire TOEFL iBT test session (including check-in) is approximately 3½ hours. The test itself is 3 hours. Check-in time is 30 minutes.

    Ques. What can I take into the test center?

    Ans.Identification documents are the only personal items allowed in the testing room. You cannot bring phones, watches or any other electronic devices.

    Ques. What are TOEFL test scores like?

    Ans.The TOEFL test provides scores in 4 skill areas — Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing — and a total score:

    • Reading–30
    • Listening–30
    • Speaking–30
    • Writing–30
    • Total Score–120
    • The total score is the sum of the 4 skill scores.

    Ques. How long are scores valid?

    Ans.ETS reports scores for 2 years after the test date.

    Ques. Would I be able to demand a test score audit of my Speaking and Writing answers?

    Ans.Indeed, you can demand a test score audit for as long as 30 days after your test date.

    Ques. Who do I contact if I have questions about my score report?


    Phone: 1-877-863-3546 (Toll-free for test-takers in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada)
    +1-609-771-7100 (all other locations)
    September–May: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–7:45 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, except for U.S. holidays
    June–August: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5:45 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, except for U.S. holidays

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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    Gouri Kumari

    TOEFL can be given in every month?

    20 Nov, 2020 23:02

    Hi Gouri

    There is no restriction on the number of attempt you take for TOEFL. But there must be 12 days of gap between your last test.

    21 Nov, 2020 18:50
    Avinash sahu

    How can I achieve good score in TOEFL with preparation within span of 5 months?

    18 Nov, 2020 22:14

    Hi, Two weeks is just enough time to learn the format of the TOEFL well and take a couple of full practice testsYou can even watch all the lessons and answer most of the questions in Magoosh TOEFL! It will take some hard work to become a TOEFL-taking expert in such a short time, but it's definitely possible.

    18 Nov, 2020 22:52

    Is the exam score valid for 3 years?

    16 Nov, 2020 19:28

    Hi Devi, TOEFL exam score is valid for only 2 years and not 3 years. For more details visit: TOEFL EXAM

    16 Nov, 2020 20:10
    Mizna Harmain

    Is TOEFL score important for admission in University in Germany?

    13 Nov, 2020 21:22

    Hi, In case you are applying for an International Course (courses taught in English), you need to write one English Language Exams. IELTS is a more preferred test while some universities also accept TOEFL scores. The same tests would also help the students with the German Student Visa requirements.

    15 Nov, 2020 23:27
    Karan Rathod

    Can I get admission on the basis of TOEFL score and academic score or I must be a allrounder?

    13 Nov, 2020 21:15


    Some of the exams required to study in foreign Universities

    • SAT. An undergraduate exam, which is needed for admissions to most US colleges and universities. 
    • TOEFL. An undergraduate and graduate exam needed by almost all students who wish to study abroad. 
    • GMAT. A graduate management exam, which is needed for admissions to almost all top business schools worldwide. 
    • GRE
    • GMAT

    15 Nov, 2020 23:30
    Vanshika Chandra

    Does TOEFL score remain valid for 3 years?

    12 Nov, 2020 22:29

    Hi,  TOEFL scores are only valid for two years after you take the test. After they expire, you won't be able to access them online or send them to schools. The TOEFL score validity period is fairly short to ensure schools have accurate and current information about your English skills.

    12 Nov, 2020 23:22

    Which documents can I bring during the exam?

    11 Nov, 2020 21:07

    Hi Riyaz. You can bring only your approved identification (ID) document(s), admission ticket, Photo File Record and pencils into the testing room.

    11 Nov, 2020 21:27
    Rinki Mahapatra

    Is TOEFL score valid to take admission in Indian University?

    10 Nov, 2020 19:59

    Hi Rinki, TOEFL is for admissions to English speaking countries and mainly for UK, USA and Canada. For more details click here.

    12 Nov, 2020 10:00
    Ananya Pandey

    TOEFL must be given along with IELTS only?

    10 Nov, 2020 19:37

    Hi, ananya

    It is not compulsory to give both the exams, both exams are great to take if you want to get into an English-language study program as both of these are accepted at universities in Native English speaking countries.

    12 Nov, 2020 02:12
    Vikram Dewan

    Tell me about the exam centres in Punjab.

    03 Nov, 2020 21:09

    Dear Vikram Dewan

    Greetings from Collegedunia. There are various TOEFL Test Centres in different cities across India. For more information, kindly go through this link – TOEFL Exam Centres

    04 Nov, 2020 11:21

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