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TOEL is the Test Of English as a Foreign Language. It is a standardised test that evaluates the proficiency of English of those whose native language is not English. The TOEFL tests the ability to understand North American English. More than 2400 institutions in United States and Canada requireTOEFL scores from each applicant.
Who conducts the test?

TOEFL is developed and administered by the the US-based"Educational Testing Service" (ETS). ETS sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report. For the conduct of the test, ETS has appointed Testing Agencies in various countries, which act as franchisee for ETS. In India, this agency is the"Prometric Testing Services Pvt Ltd" which administers the test at 9 centres in the country: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Where Can I Take the TOEFL TEST?

The test is usually taken on a computer in a test center, although paper versions are available where it is not possible to take it this way.  There are two ways of taking the TOEFL test in India i.e Internet-based-test (IBT) and Paper-based-test (PBT)  TOEFL is administered worldwide.


When is the TOEFL held?

TOEFL is held all-around-the-year. One can choose their exam date and time for taking the test. The test is administered five days a week i.e. Monday to Friday and twice a day. The rush for taking this test is high in the month of September and December. So if you are planning to appear for TOEFL in these two months, better book your date and time in advance. You would need to register atleast 90 days in advance. During the non-rush time, itís mandatory to register atleast three days in advance. The test lasts atleast for four hours.

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What is the TOEFL IBT?

TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) measures how well you read, listen, speak and write in English and use these skills together in the university classroom. For example, you might read a passage or listen to a lecture, and then write or speak about what you learned.

About the TOEFL IBT

The test consists of four sections:

  • Section I: Reading
  • Section II: Listening
  • Section III: Speaking
  • Section IV: Writing

Structure of the TOEFL iBT


 Section Description Testing Time Questions Score Scale
 Reading 3-5 passages from academic texts; approximately 700 words long; 12-14 questions per passage. 60-100 minutes

 36-70 questions

 Listening 4-6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; each 3-5 minutes long; 6 questions each. 2-3 conversations; each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each. 60-90 minutes 34-51 questions 0-30
 Break - 
10 minutes
 Speaking 2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to. 20 minutes 6 tasks 0-4 points converted to 0-30 score scale
 Writing 1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic. 
50 minutes
 2 tasks 0-5 points converted to 0-30 score scale
 Total    0-120 


About the TOEFL PBT

The TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) measures how well you read, listen and write in English. Writing skills are measured with the TWE (Test of Written English) test, which everyone takes as part of the TOEFL PBT.


The TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) has 3 sections plus a 30-minute writing test, the TWE (Test of Written English), which is required of everyone who takes the paper-based test.

  • Section I:  Listening comprehension
  • Section II: Structure and written expression
  • Section III:Reading Comprehension

Structure of the TOEFL PBT


 Section Time Limit No. of Questions
 Listening Comprehension 30-40 minutes 50
 Structure and Written Expression 25 minutes 40
 Reading Comprehension 55 minutes 50
 Writing (Test of Written English) 30 minutes 1 topic


How to apply?

Obtain the"TOEFL Information Bulletin" available free with Prometric Testing Services and USEFI. You can also request the bulletin from Infozee at and it will be delivered to your given address. The Test Scheduling Form comes with the bulletin. There are three ways to register:

Registering by Phone:You may call up Prometric office until 12:00 noon to register. Make sure to call at least THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the test date.

Registering by Fax:If registering by fax, you must send your fax at lest SEVEN DAYS prior to your first choice of a test day.

Registering by Mail/Courier:Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card), and submit these to the Prometric Centre either by hand or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least THREE WEEKS before your choice of a test day.

On receipt of your documents, an appointment will be scheduled for you to test at the Prometric Technology Center. Confirmation of the date, time and location of the appointment will be sent to you. If you do not receive confirmation at leastTHREE business daysbefore your first choice of test day, please call the Prometric office to verify your appointment.

Prometric Testing Private Limited
2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower - A
Sector 25, Phase ll
DLF City, Gurgaon
Haryana 122002

Tel: 91-124-4147700
Fax: 91-124-4147773
You will receive an admit card normally within a week of applying. Remember to keep a copy of the form and the draft with you.

Reporting the scores

ETS has the provision of reporting your TOEFL scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the TOEFL fee you pay. But the catch is : you have to select these four universities which will receive copies of your score report BEFORE you begin to take the test. This implies that even before taking the TOEFL test, you need to do some homework on which universities you're finally going to apply, based on the score that you expect to attain. For reporting to each additional university, the ETS