Toefl (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 7,500 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries.

About the Test

There are two formats for the TOEFL Test. The format you take depends on where your test center is located. Most people take the Internet-based Test (iBT). Test centers in locations where Internet-based testing is not available administer the Paper-based Test (PBT).

Who Takes the TOEFL Test?

Students planning to study at a higher education institution
English language learning program admissions and exit
Scholarship and certification candidates
English-language learners who want to track their progress
Students and workers applying for visas

Who Accepts TOEFL Test Scores?

More than 7,500 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:

Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English


The TOEFL iBT™ test, administered in an internet-based format.

TOEFL iBT™ test cost

The cost of the test can range from US$150 to US$225 and varies between countries.

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Listening 60 – 90 minutes 34 – 51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Reading 60 – 100 minutes 36 – 70 questions Read passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.


The TOEFL® PBT, administered in a paper-based format, takes about three and one-half hours to complete. There is also a 30-minute writing test, called the TWE® test (Test of Written English™), which is required of everyone who takes the paper-based test. The total time to take both tests will be about four hours.

The cost of the TOEFL PBT test is US$160

Test Section Description Time Limit No. of


TOEFL PBT Listening Comprehension Measures the ability to understand spoken English 30-40 minutes 50
TOEFL PBT Structure and Written Expression Measures the ability to recognize language appropriate for standard written English 25 minutes 40
TOEFL PBT Reading Comprehension Measures the ability to understand non-technical reading material 55 minutes 50
TWE Test of Written English Measures the ability to write in English 30 minutes 1 topic

Test Centers and dates

Register for the TOEFL iBT™ Test

Register for the TOEFL® PBT Test

TOEFL® Paper-based Test (PBT) Scores

Your TOEFL test fee includes:

one score report for you
up to four official score reports sent by ETS directly to universities, agencies or other institutions you select

Score reports are mailed approximately five weeks after your test date. Learn more about how to Get Scores.

TOEFL iBT™ Test Scores

Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. You must answer at least one question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least one essay, and complete at least one Speaking task to receive an official score. For the Internet-based test, you will receive four scaled section scores and a total score:

Reading Section (Score of: 0 – 30)
Listening Section (Score of: 0 – 30)
Speaking Section (Score of: 0 – 30)
Writing Section (Score of: 0 – 30)

Total Score (0 – 120)



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