TOEFL 2020


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

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
    Study Abroad Expert

    TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is a globally recognized test conducted by US based, Educational Testing Service (ETS). This test assesses language ability and fluency of English. Non-native English test takers who want to attend foreign universities take TOEFL. Other than academic purpose, one also takes this exam for immigration and employment opportunities. 

    Mostly language usage in an academic setting has been tested by TOEFL. Test takers find high level language with a wide range of vocabulary in most of the reading passages of TOEFL. In more than 130 countries TOEFL scores are accepted. TOEFL consists of two patterns-TOEFL ibt and TOEFL Paper Delivered

    Reasons of taking TOEFL

    Test takers who look forward to attending universities in English speaking countries need TOEFL score for admission requirements. Few reasons of taking TOEFL as exam include 

    • Globally recognized testing center like ETS validates English proficiency of a test taker in TOEFL 
    • From surveyed data it is noticed that most of TOEFL test takers get assured admission to preferred universities as per choice 
    • Top universities in US, Canada, UK, Australia accept TOEFL score as the validated one 
    • 9000 universities accept TOEFL score 
    • Test takers take only 1 day to complete all sections of the entire exam 
    • TOEFL is no longer a requirement for healthcare professionals who dream to practice in UK

    TOEFL 2020 Highlights

    Test takers must know few details about TOEFL before appearing for exam 

    Exam NameTest of English as a Foreign Language
    Short FormTOEFL
    Level of ExamInternational
    Conducting BodyEducational Testing Service (ETS)
    Exam PatternInternet Based (ibt) and Paper Based (pbt)
    Exam DurationAround 3 ½ hours
    TOEFL ibt fee$160-$250 (INR 11,468-INR 17,919)
    TOEFL pbt fee$180 (INR 12,901)
    Sections of TOEFLListening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
    Score Range0-30 (for each section)
    TOEFL Test Centers4500 across the world
    TOEFL Helpline Number1-609-771-7100 | 1-877-863-3546

    TOEFL 2020: Registration

    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 2020 Online Registration

    Few steps for registration are as follows 

    • Visit the official website of TOEFL ie.
    • If you are a new user then you have to create an ETS account (if you are an existing user then you just have to enter your user id and password) 
    • After signing in, click register to find out test centers as per preferred location 
    • Choose test dates within 2month period and then click find test centers and dates 
    • Then choose dates and test centers as per availability 
    • Then click show test centers and register for that location 
    • Click register 
    • You will be directed to next page asking for personal information (including any disabilities if there) 
    • At last review entire page and check acknowledgement box at the end
    • On the next page, candidate has to enter personal id details 
    • Next page you will be show personal information already entered during creating ETS account 
    • On next page you will be asked “Free Score Recipients” where candidate can add up to 4 score institutions where score will be sent as a part of test fee
    • Then choose own preference of receiving score report 
    • At last check out TOEFL cart and choose PAY NOW 
    • Pay via credit card 

    TOEFL 2020 Offline Registration

    Test taker has 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 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 
    Eligibility Criteria

    TOEFL 2020: Eligibility Criteria

    • ETS, conducting body of TOEFL does not keep any eligibility criteria for test takers 
    • Mostly candidates have to pass 10+2 level of education from any recognized institutions 
    • Candidates must have valid passports to produce as proof of identity 

    There are few institutions reveal there is no requirement of TOEFL score if the applicant has to follow these points 

    • If non-native speakers hold any degree or diploma certificates from institutions located in English speaking countries 
    • If non-native speakers have completed two years course of education from any institution located in English speaking countries 
    Test Centers

    TOEFL 2020: Test Centers

    All across the world, there are 4500 TOEFL test centers in 165 countries. In India, candidates can take exams either on paper or on the internet. In 59 cities of India, test takers can register for the TOEFL 2020 exam in online mode. Available test centers for TOEFL in India are as follows

    Exam Dates

    TOEFL 2020: Exam Dates

    Test takers must register online for TOEFL. Every year, candidates get a minimum of 50 dates to take this exam. One has to appear for an exam at registered test centers as mentioned above. While registration, candidates have to find out available dates as per preference. Only exam dates till July is given below 

    February 15, 2020
    February 28, 2020
    February 29, 2020
    March 7, 2020
    March 14, 2020
    March 15, 2020
    March 20, 2020
    March 28, 2020
    April 3, 2020
    April 4, 2020
    April 11, 2020
    April 18, 2020
    April 25, 2020
    April 26, 2020
    May 1, 2020
    May 2, 2020
    May 10, 2020
    May 16, 2020
    May 24, 2020
    May 30, 2020
    June 13, 2020
    June 20, 2020
    June 27, 2020
    July 4, 2020
    July 11, 2020
    July 18, 2020
    July 25, 2020
    Exam Pattern

    TOEFL 2020: Exam Pattern

    Test takers can appear for TOEFL on both internet based and paper based. This exam measures language proficiency of the candidate. Candidates are being assessed on basis of language skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and speaking sections. Exam Pattern for TOEFL ibt 2020 is explained widely below

    SectionsDescriptionTime duration (in minutes)
    Reading30-40 questions to answer from 3 to 4 passages54-72 minutes
    Listening28-39 questions to answer from excerpts on conversations, classroom discussions, lectures41-57 minutes
    Break--------------------10 minutes
    Speaking4 Tasks (either based on listening and reading tasks or on a familiar topic one has to give opinion)17 minutes
    Writing2 Tasks (to write in response to reading and listening tasks or as an opinion)50 minutes
    • Reading section in TOEFL consists of 3-4 passages mostly on academic topics 
    • Listening section consists of short audio pieces which will be played once to answer questions
    • For writing section, candidates have to read certain topics and write opinionated essay on it 
    • Candidates should attempt all questions as there is no negative marking for TOEFL exam 

    TOEFL 2020 Paper delivery test pattern

    Test takers who reside in those regions without connectivity can appear for TOEFL 2020 Paper delivery test pattern. Sections in TOEFL 2020 Paper delivery test pattern has been described widely below

    TOEFL: Listening

    • It consists of 3 parts 
    • Total time duration for this section is 30-40 minutes 
    • 1st part consists of 30 questions about short conversations 
    • 2nd part consists of 8 questions about longer conversations 
    • 3rd part consists of 12 questions about talks and lectures 

    TOEFL: Reading 

    • It consists of 50 questions 
    • Total time allotment for this section is 55 minutes 
    • Mostly candidates have to read varying number of passages 

    TOEFL: Writing 

    • It consists of a long essay of 250-300 word length 
    • 2 tasks have to be completed in this section 
    • Candidates have to write opinionated essay for this section to explain own analytical skills 
    • Total time allotment for this section is 50 minutes 

    TOEFL: Speaking 

    • In this section, candidates have to speak for 17 minutes 
    • 4 tasks have to be answered on basis of questions in reading and listening sections 

    TOEFL 2020: Result

    • Scores of TOEFL will be available within 10 days after exam 
    • For downloading scorecard, candidates have to log in with registered ETS user id and password and then click “View Scores” 
    • Auto generated mail will be sent to the candidate to tell about availability of score card 
    • Candidates can also download TOEFL score as a PDF copy online. This PDF will be available within 3 days from the day result will be declared 
    • TOEFL score will also be sent to those institutions or agencies kept under priority list while registration 

    TOEFL 2020: Score

    • Scores for reading section in TOEFL are measured through computational methods. A score range of 0-30 is preserved for this section. Test takers have to answer minimum of 36-56 tasks in this section based on reading comprehensions 
    • Score for the listening section in TOEFL is measured through computational methods with a score range of 0-30. Candidates have to listen on audio clips taken from conversations or classroom discussions to answer these questions 
    • Score for the speaking section in TOEFL is rated on a scale of 0-4. Total sum in this section will be converted to 0-30. In this section, examiner marks how well one articulates his pragmatic response to any situation 
    • Score for the writing section in TOEFL is measured how well one writes in accurate usage of grammar, vocabulary, coherence and logical argument around it. 

    The distribution of TOEFLScores for all sections is as shown below:

    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

    TOEFLoverall 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

    While registering for TOEFL, candidates get a section to ask for any kind of assistance or accommodation required from ETS at the time of exam. ETS is one of the recognized test centers that try to make exams easily accessible to the candidates. For any kind of needs, test takers can avail facilities by writing a mail to

    Accommodation 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 assistance you need.

    TOEFL 2020: Scholarships

    • 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 2020: Preparation Tips

    To score well in all sections in TOEFL, test takers should practice mock tests regularly. Few preparation tips for TOEFL are as following 

    • Make regular notes on new words and its synonyms
    • Try to implement new words in every sentence
    • Listen to podcasts, English news channels, movies to cope up with English accent
    • Start reading new books in English to improve vocabulary
    • After learning new words try to speak out loud in front of mirror
    • Try to make conversation in a group or with friends strictly in English
    • Follow English journals of any university to understand the vocabulary
    • Start practicing writing on QWERTY keyboard
    • Always attempt all questions in TOEFL, as there is no negative marking 

    TOEFL 2020: Sample Papers

    Before appearing for TOEFL exam, test takers should take a few mock tests to get well acquainted with exam patterns. It is necessary to go through sample papers of TOEFL thoroughly for better performance in exams. One can also practice sample papers from the official website of TOEFL. 

    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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      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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