Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Since an evidence stating your mastery in English is needed, certification/tests from only standardised organisations are accepted for applications to any Postgraduate programmes. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one such exam which can be submitted as evidence of your proficiency in English. It is conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the same service which conducts the GRE.

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Typical time required: 4-8 weeks

Test Fee: $180 as of Jan 2020

Before You Start

  • Check your Masters programme’s prerequisites to see if the TOEFL is necessary.
  • Even though your bachelors was taught in English, you must provide some other proof; this document comes in handy during the Canadian Study Permit procedures as well.
  • The exam is either an Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)/Paper-Based Test (TOEFL PBT). Generally, iBT is conducted globally. India provides the iBT Tests. PBT Exams are taken in only a few places around the globe.

Required Documents

  • Passport
  • Credit/Debit card
  • Names of 4 institutions where you want your Scores to be sent to

Step by step guide

  • Visit the ETS TOEFL Website; click on Register for the Test or you can directly go to the TOEFL Registration Page
  • Go to ‘Register Online’. Set Language Preference for English.
  • Create a New Account.
  • Enter your details under the Profile Information. Most of the fields are self-explanatory.
  • Set a Username-Password which can be easily remembered; answer the Security Question.
  • Read the Acknowledgement & Terms and Conditions shown, and click on the radio box for agreeing.
  • Review all the details for the last time & check if it is correct. Your Name, DOB, Gender cannot be changed after the account is created.
  • You will get a confirmation email to your email. Verify it for completing your registration.
  • Sign in with the new login credentials.
  • You will be redirected to the My TOEFL Homepage. Your ETS ID will be visible at the top.
  • You will be redirected to the My TOEFL Homepage. Your ETS ID will be visible at the top.
  • Enter the location & choose the 2 months during which you can give the TOEFL.
  • Click on ‘Find Test Centres and Dates’
  • You will now see all the available dates (marked in green).
  • Select a Test Date. You will see the respective Test Centres where you can sit for the exam.
  • Choose the closest Test Centre and see the respective Test Timings.
  • Click on ‘Register’ for a suitable location & timing.
  • You will now get the guidelines on what needs to be followed. These are essential pointers for the GRE.
  • You will now get the guidelines on what needs to be followed. These are essential pointers for the GRE.
  • Fill in all details of the Identification and Background Research. Submit it.
  • You shall now see the online Payment page, where you have to pay $180 (extra late-registration fee too if you are late).

After You Register

  • An email confirming the exam payment will be sent. It will also contain all access details to your ETS Account.
  • Open your ETS Account, using either the TOEFL App or the website and check ‘Upcoming Tests’ to see if your registration has been successfully done.
TaskQuestionsDURATION
Listening2 - 4 Sections / 5 - 6 Questions per audio41 to 57 minutes
Reading3 or 4 Sections / 10 Questions per passage54 to 72 minutes
Writing2 Sections50 minutes
Speaking4 parts17minutes

On the Test Day

  • Arrive at least 30mins before the test. If you come late, you might not be permitted, and the exam fee will not be refunded.
  • Bring a valid ID with you. We suggest you take the Passport as the Identification Proof.
  • ETS might also confirm your identity by a Biometric voice & photo identification/fingerprints scans/video recording/signature comparison.
  • The Test Centre Staff will guide you on the preliminary steps.
  • You will be required to place all the belongings in a separate location as advised by the test centre staff.
  • There might also be extra body-check where you will need to empty out your pockets, raise your pants a bit to check around the ankle or even pull up the sleeves. This is just to ensure you will not be cheating

Test Results

  • The TOEFL iBT assesses you on 4 different skills :
  • Reading Section (marked between 0–30),
  • Listening Section (marked between 0–30),
  • Speaking Section (scored between 0–30), and
  • Writing Section (scored between 0–30).
  • The Total Scoring is on a total of 120.
  • The TOEFL Exam Scores will be on the website about 6 working days after your test date.
  • You can send the test scores directly to 4 institutions (which need to be informed before the test). You can also request for additional score reports for a fee of $20 each.

Trivia

  • You need about 8-12 weeks to prepare for TOEFL, depending on your current English proficiency.
  • Also, it takes nearly 6 calendar days for the exam scores to be published on the website.
  • Be calm and peaceful.
  • Take many mock tests to improve your performance.
  • ETS TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.

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