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TOEFL 2018 Exam Dates, Eligibility, Fee & iBT practice test

Updated On - June 6th 2018 by SHIVANSHI RATHAUR

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an international standardised test conducted to assess the level of English fluency of non-native speakers. It is designed and administered by Education Training Service, Princeton

The test is conducted in both online and offline mode more than 50 times in a year, depending upon the country and region. The score of TOEFL (valid for 2 years) is accepted by more than 10,000 institutions, universities and agencies across 130 countries. 

  • Registration for the chosen TOEFL date must be done atleast one month before the first deadline of the registration.This will give you plenty of time to work on your applications. In case you need to retake the exam, you can do so after 12 days of the first attempt.
  • TOEFL registration fee varies from region to region. The fee can range from $160 – $250.
  • The duration of the exam is 4 hours. It is divided into4 sections viz. Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

TOEFL 2018 Highlights

Exam NameTest of English as a Foreign Language
Short- FormTOEFL
Official websitewww.ets.org/toefl
Level of the examInternational
Organising BodyEducational Testing Service (ETS)
Mode of examInternet based and Paper based
TOEFL iBT fee$160 – $250
TOEFL PBT$180
Skills TestedEnglish- Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
Score Range0 to 30 for each section
TOEFL Test Centers4500 across the world
TOEFL Helpline 1-609-771-7100 | 1-877-863-3546

Popular Questions on TOEFL

What is the exam mode of TOEFL?

  • TOEFL is available in two formats- one that is delivered via the internet (iBT), and one that is a paper test.
  • Maximum number of candidates (about 98%) take TOEFL iBT. This is a more desireable format by the universities since it assesses 4 major English Language skills — reading, listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Candidates who do not have access to internet services can take the revised TOEFL “Paper-delivered” Test. There is no “Speaking section” in this mode.

Who Takes the TOEFL Test?

Poeple who want to demonstrate or test their level of proficiency in the English-Language sit for TOEFL. More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL till date.

Why choose TOEFL over other exams?

TOEFL is preferred over other exams that test proficiency in English language because:

  • It's the most widely accepted test in the world
  • It most accurately measures the candidates level of English proficiency
  • It's the most fair and unbiased test for the stated purporse
  • It can be attempted frequently and conveniently.

Who Accepts TOEFL Scores?

More than 10,000 universities and colleges in over 130 countries accept TOEFL test scores. Following agencies and institutions also rely on TOEFL score:

  • It is used by the Immigration departments to issue residential and work visas.
  • Medical and licensing agencies use it for professional certification purposes.
  • Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English.

What Resources Are Available for TOEFL Preparation?

  • ETS offers a variety of  materials and sample questions papers for free to help you get ready for the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.
  • You can also use free or paid materials designed for the TOEFL iBT test easily available both online and offline.

Are there any Scholarships for TOEFL?

  • ETS offers a number Grants and Awards for deserving candidates various research programs organised by it.
  • ETS launched 'TOEFL Scholarships and Giving program' helping students fund their in India. Maximum scholarship amount for each student is INR 4,56,890 or $7,000.
  • ETS has a granted scholarships to meritorious candidates in Kores, Japan, Taiwan, and China in the past.
  • Candidates can enquire about other scholarships by ETS at toefl-scholarship@etsglobal.org

Know More about TOEFL Grants & Awards


TOEFL Eligibility Criteria 2018

  • There is no official eligibility criteria for TOEFL set by ETS. TOEFL is open to all the candidates.
  • Any student who is planning to pursue higher education in another country where the native language is English can apply.
  • A candidate who has passed his or her HSC examination or equivalent from a recognized board.
  • Candidates must possess a valid passport to present as a proof of Identity.
  • There is no age limit to appear for the test.
  • Candidates younger than 15 years of age have to be accompained by their parents to fulfill the formalities at the test center.

How to Register for TOEFL?

TOEFL Registration can be done in three ways – via mail, via phone, or online. The application is open all throughout the year. 

 TOEFL Online Application 

  1. Visit the official website i.e. ets.org/toefl
  2. Click on “Register Now”
  3. Choose the option to “Sign Up”
  4. Fill in the information asked like Name, Gender, Address, Phone Number, Email ID, etc.
  5. The information provided should be the same as mentioned on the passport
  6. Review the information and click on Confirm.
  7. After logging in, click on “Register for a test”.
  8. Fill in the required information.
  9. Click on confirm and pay the application fee.

Check TOEFL Registration Guide

TOEFL Registration by Phone

  1. Visit www.ets.org/toefl/contact to find the contact number for Regional Registration Centre (RRC).
  2. Payment of registration fee can be done using a credit card, a debit card or an e-check.
  3. Registration will end a week before the test date.
  4. Late registration with a fine of $40 can be done till 5 p.m. local test center time on the business day before the test. 

TOEFL Registration by Mail

  1. The candidate will be required to download and fill out TOEFL registration form.
  2. There are certain codes that the candidate have to manually fill in the form. These codes can be found on the official website. 
  3. The choice of payment option can be made from the ones mentioned in the form.
  4. Candidates have to mail the filled form and payment to the RRC and it must reach them at least four weeks before the test date.
  5. In case, a candidate does not receive a confirmation, he/she must call the RRC at least three business days before the deadline for registration.

TOEFL Exam Fee

  • TOEFL Registration cum test fee for iBT can range from $160 – $250 depending upon the region.
  • TOEFL Exam Fee for PBT is $180 worldwide.
  • In case a candidate opts for late registration, he would be required to pay an additional amount of US $40, as late fee.
  • The candidates can remit the fee through Debit/Credit Card, Electronic Check (for the US and its territories), PayPal account, Paper Checks (Personal paper checks, Euro Checks and Checks in Canadian Dollars) and Western-Union Quick Pay.

Read about  TOEFL Registration 2018

TOEFL: Rescheduling or Cancelling the Test

  • Candidates can choose cancel their registered test date at least 4 days prior to the exam.
  • The registration can be cancelled either on the official website or via phone by calling at Regional Registration Center.
  • In case of cancellation, 50% of the original fee paid by the candidate will be refunded to them.
  • If a candidate wishes to reschedule the test, he/she needs to pay additional $60 before registering for the new test date.

Get more information on TOEFL Rescheduling & Cancellation

NOTE:
  • Registration closes 7 days before your test date.
  • Late registration closes 4 days before your test date and has a late fee of US$40.
  • Mac  users: The TOEFL registration system is not compatible with Safari. You must use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • Windows users: Use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with Windows 7 operating system or higher.

TOEFL Exam Dates & Test Centers 2018

TOEFL is conducted in 4500+ centers in over 130 countries across the world. The two modes of the exam- iBT and PBT are conducted depending upon the region. In most of the region TOEFL is conducted. PBT is conducted in numerous region in 45 countries where internet connectivity is not available.

TOEFL iBT

In majority of the countries, TOEFL is conducted as an Internet Based Test. Candidates have to register for the same by following the procedure mentioned above. The list of regions in the countries where the test will be conducted in available on the official website ets.org/toefl 

TOEFL iBT Test Center

Countries holding TOEFL PBT

CountryRegionCountryRegionCountryRegion
AngolaBenguela, LuandaEquatorial GuineaMalaboNigerNiamey
ArubaOranjestadEriteaAsmaraNigeriaAba
BarbadosSt.MichaelEthiopiaAddis AbabaPapua New GuineaPapua
BelizeBelize CityFijiSubaSierra LeoneFreetown
BhutanThimpuGaza StripGazaSouth AfricaCape town
Brunei DarusalamBruneiIraqBaghdad, BasraSouth SudanJuba
BurkinaOuagadougouKazakhstanAktobe, Kyzylorda, Astana, Karaganda, Pavlodar, Semey, KostanaySudanKhartoum
BurundiBujumburaLiberiaMonroviaSurinameParamaribo
CameroonBertouaLibyaBenghaziSyriaDamascus
Central African RepBaguiMadagascarAntananrivoTanzaniaMoshi
ChadN’djamenaMaldivesMaleTogoLome
ComorosMoroniMarshal IslandEbeye, MajuroTongaTongatapu
Congo-DrcBukavu, Kinshasa, Goma City, LubumbashiMicronesiaChuuk, Kosrae, Kolonia, YapTurkmenistanAshgabat
DijboutiDijboutiMyanmmarMandalay, YangonZimbabweHarare

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TOEFL 2018 Exam Pattern

  • TOEFL is both an Internet-based test and a Paper-based test.
  • The test has four main sections – Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.
  • The different sections of test are shown below.

TOEFL Internet Based Test Pattern

SectionDescriptionDuration (in minutes)
Reading3–5 passages, each containing 12–14 questions60–80 minutes
Listening6–9 passages, each containing 5–6 questions60–90 minutes
BreakMandatory break10 minutes
Speaking6 tasks20 minutes
Writing2 tasks50 minutes
  1.  Reading section will consist of about four passage and questions on academic topics.
  2. The Listening section will comprise of short audio pieces that will be played and the candidate will have to answer the presented questions after listening to them. 
  3. The Writing section will require  candidates to listen or read topics and write essays on those topics.
  4. There will be no negative marking in the TOEFL exam as per the TOEFL Exam Pattern.

TOEFL Paper-Delivery Test Pattern

TOEFL Paper-Delivery test is organised in the regions without internet connectivity. The pattern followed in the written exam is as follows:

  1. Listening – 30 – 40 minutes
    • The Listening section consists of 3 parts.
    • The first one contains 30 questions about short conversations.
    • The second part has 8 questions about longer conversations.
    • The last part asks 12 questions about lectures or talks.
  2. Structure and Written Expression – 25 minutes
    • The Structure and Written Expression section has 15 exercises on sentence completion and 25 on identifying errors.
  3. Reading Comprehension – 55 minutes
    • The Reading Comprehension sections has 50 questions on a varying number of passages.
  4. Writing – 30 minutes
    • The Test of Written English (TWE)  is an 250–300 words long essay question.

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TOEFL Result 2018

  • The scores of the exam are declared online within 10 days after the exam date.
  • To download your score report, log-in using your ETD ID number and click “View Scores”.
  • A schedule of posting score report (PDF) for  each test date is available on the TOEFL iBT website, and you will receive an email letting you know when your scores have been uploaded.
  • You can also download and print a PDF copy of your test score report. The PDF will be available within 3 days of the date your scores are posted online. 
  • Your scores are also sent to the institutions or agencies you selected (and to you, if you requested a paper copy before you took the test). 

TOEFL Scoring System

  • TOEFL iBT is scored on a range of 0-120 while TOEFL PBT is scored on a range of 310-677.
  • The marking for Reading and Listening section is done by a computer and the range of marks allotted is from 0 to 30.
  • The Speaking section has a total of six tasks and each one of these is rated from 0 to 4.
  • The sum of all tasks combined is scaled in the range of 0 to 30.
  • The Writing section has two tasks that are rated from 0 to 5 and as in the previous sections
  • The sum of the score is scaled such that it falls in the range of 0 to 30.

The distribution of TOEFL Scores for all sections is as shown below:

SECTIONiBT SCORELEVEL OF EXPERTISE
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
Total0-120-

TOEFL overall score and the level of expertise it represents: 

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 Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

ETS provides special assistance or/and accomodations to TOEFL Test Takers with disabilities or health related issues. Any candidate with such needs can send in a request to avail these facilities at disability.reg@ets.org.

Accommodations Provided by ETS

Technical Accommodations

  • Screen magnification
  • Selectable background and foreground colors
  • Kensington Trackball mouse
  • IntelliKeys® keyboard
  • Ergonomic keyboard
  • Keyboard with touchpad

Specialized Assistance

  • Sign language interpreter for spoken directions only
  • Oral interpreter for spoken directions only
  • Oral interpreter for Listening section only
  • Writer/recorder of answers
  • Test reader

Adaptive Accommodations

  • Audio version of the test
  • Reader's script version of the test
  • Braille test (in contracted or uncontracted Braille)
  • Braille test with reader's script
  • Large print version of the test
  • Regular print version of the test
  • Listening section omitted
  • Speaking section omitted
  • Extended testing time
  • Additional rest breaks
  • Transcripts of audio elements in Speaking and Writing sections

If you are not sure whether the accommodation you need is available, you must contact ETS Disability Services and request them for the assistances you need.


TOEFL FAQs

Ques. What is TOEFL test?

Ans. TOEFL is a test which measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand English language as it is heard, spoken, read and written in university classroom.

Ques. What is the difference between TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Paper based test?

Ans. TOEFL iBT is the online test consisting four sections- Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. TOEFL Paper based test is conducted in pen and paper mode in regions where internet connectivity is not available. The test will have three sections: Reading, Listening and Writing.

Ques. How many times is the test conducted in a year?

Ans. TOEFL is conducted around 50 times on different dates each year.

Ques. Can I retake the test?

Ans. Yes, candidates can retake the test as many times as they want. They must maintain a minimum gap of 12 days between two test sessions. In case, the candidate has an appointment for a test he/ she cannot register for another test date within 12 days of current appointment.

Ques. Can TOEFL test be rescheduled or cancelled?

Ans. Yes, candidates can reschedule the test. They must apply for the same at least 4 days before the test date. Any requests received after that will not be entertained.

Ques. How to opt for paper copy of score card?

Ans. Candidates can opt for paper copy of score card while registration. In case, they do not opt for it during registration, they can make changes until 3:00 PM on the day before the test. Candidates can follow the steps given below:

  • Visit your TOEFL account.
  • Go to Select Scorecard Preference tab.
  • Check the box for paper copy of score card.
  • Save the changes.

Ques. When can the registration for the test be done?

Ans. As the seats for TOEFL exam can fill up quickly, candidates must register three to four months before the desired test date.

Ques. What if the details entered during registration are incorrect?

Ans. Once the candidates enter personal details, they can’t make changes in it. In case of any changes, they must contact TOEFL services: Email ID: toefl@ets.org Phone: 16097717100/ 18778633546

Ques. Is it possible to change the mailing address which is entered during registration?

Ans. Yes, candidates can change their mailing details after registration, through the procedure stated below:

  1. Log in to TOEFL account.
  2. Visit your home page.
  3. Click on Update Contact Information link.
  4. Select Modify tab to change Email ID.
  5. Click on Save tab.

Ques. Which sections will be included in the test?

Ans. The TOEFL iBT test will consist of following sections:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Ques. How will the speaking section test be conducted?

Ans. For speaking test, candidates will be given noise cancellation headphones with microphone.

Ques. What are TOEFL scores like?

Ans. Each section will be marked on a scale of 0 to 30 in following pattern:

  • Reading 0-30
  • Listening 0-30
  • Speaking 0-30
  • Writing 0-30
  • Total 0-120

Ques. How will I get my scores?

Ans. To know the scores, candidates can log in their TOEFL account, enter the ETS ID received during registration and click on View Scores tab.

Ques. How will I know that the scores have been posted?

Ans. A score report posting schedule for each test date will be available on TOEFL website.

  • Candidates will also receive email regarding the posting of scores.
  • Candidates can download and print the copy of their test scores.
  • PDF of score will be available after 3 days of posting of the scores on TOEFL account.

Ques. When will I get my scores?

Ans. Scores will be available within ten days of successful completion of the test.

Ques.  What all information will be available on the score card?

Ans. Following information will be present of the scorecard:

  • Scores of each section
  • Total scores
  • Performance Feedback

Ques. Can TOEFL scores be cancelled?

Ans. Candidates can cancel the scores at the end of the test. They cannot cancel the scores for individual test sections.

Ques. Can the cancelled scores be reinstated?

Ans. Yes, candidates can reinstate their TOEFL scores if their request is received within 60 days of the test for a fee of USD 20 using Reinstatement Request Form. Reinstated scores will be reported online within three weeks of receiving request and payment. Scores will be posted online and then sent to score recipients.

Ques. How can I register to reserve the seat?

Ans. Candidates can register through following methods:

  • Online
  • In person
  • Phone
  • Mail

It is recommended to register online as it is the fastest and easiest mode. Candidates can choose the test center and dates availability.

Ques. Can the test be rescheduled?

Ans. Yes, candidates can cancel or reschedule the registration up to four days before the test date. In case the rescheduling request is not received at least 4 days in advance, the fee will not be refunded.

Ques. Is there any fee for rescheduling the test?

Ans. The rescheduling fee is USD 60 and must be paid before the registration for another date.

Ques. How can the TOEFL test be rescheduled?

Ans. To reschedule the test, candidates can change the test date online through their account. Rescheduling request can also be processed by contacting Regional Registration Center via call. No requests will be entertained via email.

Ques. Can the test fee be refunded?

Ans. If the candidate cancels the registration 4 days before the test date, he/ she will receive half of the original test fee paid.

Ques. Is it possible to take test of any specific section/ sections?

Ans. No, candidates must attempt all the sections in a single day on the date of examination.

Ques. What is the minimum number of questions/ tasks I need to attempt for successful completion of the test?

Ans. To receive the scores, candidates must attempt at least 1 question from Reading and Listening sections. They must write at least 1 essay in writing section and complete at least 1 task in Speaking section.

Ques. How long are TOEFL scores valid?

Ans. Once the candidate appears for the test, scores are valid for 2 years from the date of result declaration.

Ques. Is there any age requirement to appear for the test?

Ans. No, there is no age limit to appear for the test.

Ques. What all things are need to be carried at the time of the test?

Ans. Candidates will only be allowed to carry their Registration proof and a valid Photo ID proof during the test.


*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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    6 Comments
    Deepak Jaipal

    What qualification requirements for TOEFL? And how much will it cost?

    20 Apr, 2018 10:32
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Deepak Jaipal, This qualification requirements for TOEFL;- There is no official eligibility criteria for TOEFL set by ETS. TOEFL is open to all the candidates. Any student who is planning to pursue higher education in another country where the native language is English can apply. A candidate who has passed his or her HSC examination or equivalent from a recognized board. Candidates must possess a valid passport to present as a proof of Identity. There is no age limit to appear for the test. Candidates younger than 15 years of age have to be accompained by their parents to fulfill the formalities at the test center.

    20 Apr, 2018 18:23
    SHUBHAM MAHESHWARI

    Is the exam fee of tofel is increased in year 2018 which is about $250 ?

    06 Apr, 2018 00:20
    Priya Sharma

    Hi Shubham, Exam fee of TOEFL iBT fee : $160 – $250 and TOEFL PBT : $180.

    29 May, 2018 16:14
    Ketan Khandagale

    toefl is for which country or universities?

    23 Mar, 2018 11:49
    Richa Sharma

    TOEFL score is accepted by more than 10,000 institutions and universities across 130 countries. To get more information regarding TOEFL you can click on this link : Participating Colleges

    04 Jun, 2018 16:43
    Vishal chauhan

    sir,what is fee of TOEFL?

    22 Mar, 2018 00:20
    Richa Sharma

    The fee for TOEFL can range from $160 – $250

    31 May, 2018 17:44
    aashika jain

    can we give toefl more than once? and if we have to give toefl multiple times then do we have to fill the enterence form and pay the fees all over again?

    10 Feb, 2018 21:50
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Aashika, Yes, you can apply TOEFL more than once. Students can apply for TOEFL 50 times in a year, depending on the country and region. The cost to appear for TOEFL test is different for different cities depending on their location in the world. In India, the TOEFL Registration cum test fee is UD $170. In case a candidate opts for late registration, he/she would be required to pay an additional amount of US $40, as late fee. The candidates can remit the fee through Debit/Credit Card, Electronic Check (for the US and its territories), PayPal account, Paper Checks (Personal paper checks, Euro Checks and Checks in Canadian Dollars) and Western-Union Quick Pay.

    12 Feb, 2018 16:50
    avistha

    who can apply?

    19 Apr, 2017 00:20
    Admin

    Hi Avistha, to get the eligibility criteria for TOEFL exam, please find the link http://exams.collegedunia.com/toefl

    20 Apr, 2017 17:11

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