TOEFL 2020


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

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
    Study Abroad Expert

    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.

    Check   TOEFL Test Centers Reopen

    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 2020 Registration 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 2020: Result

    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 2020: Practice Papers

    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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    akansha gupta

    Where can I get TOEFL practice papers?

    24 Jul, 2020 16:25

    Hi Akansha, you can access TOEFL materials online. For free sample papers click here

    31 Jul, 2020 16:22

    Great article.... You may get amazing services

    11 Jun, 2019 12:49
    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

    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

    who can apply?

    19 Apr, 2017 00:20

    Hi Avistha, to get the eligibility criteria for TOEFL exam, please find the link

    20 Apr, 2017 17:11

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