Updated on - October 13th 2019 by Rachit Agrawal

Overview

TOEFL Exam 2019

TOEFL or Test of English as a foreign language and as the name suggests is a popular English proficiency exam. All students who wish to pursue their studies in a foreign country may opt for this exam. This exam is accepted in all North American Universities, as a text as to whether the students will be able to write, speak and understand the language as it is done in their home country. The test is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Nations where English is the de facto official language, TOEFL exemption is granted automatically.

Though by giving TOEFL, students get exempted, there are some countries that still have to go through some restriction. India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan do not have to deal with these restrictions. International students who are citizens of some Commonwealth nations do not have to take the TOEFL. So, in short, the test is designed for non-native English speakers who wish to study abroad. It’s conducted more than 50 times a year.

Every test has a gap of at least 12 days. This provision gives students the option to take the test as many times as required. TOEFL was started in 1964 and is now applicable in around 130 countries. Almost ten thousand agencies, institutions, and colleges of these countries accept TOEFL. It’s available in both iBT and PBT format.

TOEFL 2019 Highlights

TOEFL website

https://www.ets.org/toefl 

Administrator

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Modes

iBT & PBT

Accepted by

North American Universities

Fee  

US $ 160 - US$ 260,

Grade validity

2 years

Duration

(iBT) 3 hours 10 minutes

(PBT) 2 hours 20 minutes

 

TOEFL 2019 Eligibility Criteria

This exam is designed for Non-native English speakers. Professionals also opt to take it to get a visa. There’s no specific age limit for the test. Students who have completed high school or have done some course similar can appear for the test. Candidates should be having a passport which is valid to present as proof of identity at examination time, though one is advised to check the university requirements they are applying for.

TOEFL Exam Fee

The registration fee of TOEFL in India is US$170. A fine of US$40 is to be paid for late registration and US$60 for rescheduling. Speaking and writing section score review alone cost US$80 individually.

How to register for the TOEFL 2019?

TOEFL registration can be done through your phone, via email. One can also register in person at the TOEFL test registration center. Though 50 tests are conducted around the year, a single participant can only take the test 5 times a year. The location is decided by the candidate by choosing it in the application form itself. Availability depends on the number of seats that are there at the test center.

Online Application procedure:

  • Create a profile on the official ETS website.
  • Fill up the form with all the details asked for.
  • The information you provide here should be the same as in your passport.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • The test application closes one week before the exam date to ensure that you are on time.

TOEFL exam pattern

You should get yourself acquainted with the test format by practicing as much as you can before taking it as that’s the only way you may improve your score. It involves around 5 sections namely - Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and total where the total score would be the sum of the four areas of skill. They test your flexibility in the language. You’ll get to see the result after 10 days of giving the test. iBt test format is as follows:

Section

Duration

Description

Reading

60 to 80 minutes

It has about 36 to 56 Questions. You are expected to read the passage, comprehend them and then answer the questions accordingly.

Listening

60–90 minutes

It has 34 to 51 questions whose answer will be present in the lectures that will be read out.

Break

10 minutes

 

Speaking

20 minutes

Contains 6 tasks where you are expected to express your views on the given topic. Writing - Provides 2 tasks where you have to write essays.

Writing

50 minutes

You’d have to write essays with opinions seconding them with facts.

 

Scoring in TOEFL

To ensure that they are completely reliable, TOEFL scores are calculated both by human raters and computers. This is because the automated scoring method is not effective in checking upon the quality and influence of the content while having the advantage of being unbiased. Human raters can better proofread ideas and facts. The scorecard states your score range in all the four sections. The total of all the four scores come to between 0 and 120.

Section

Score Range

Levels of score

Reading

0 to 30

High - Above 22

Fair - Above 15

Low - Below 14

Listening

0 to 30

High - Above 22

Fair - Above 15

Low - Below 14

Speaking

0 to 30

High - Above 26

Fair - Above 18

Low - Below 10

Writing

0 to 30

High - Above 24

Fair - Above 17

Low - Below 16

Total

0 to 30

Average is 80

 

Why take the TOEFL exam?

Universities abroad take TOEFL as a means of testing your proficiency in the language and see if you can manage in an English academic environment. The test has its own essence:

  • Students, to apply abroad, need to give the TOEFL test as the universities test their skills in the language and consider them fit if they have a good TOEFL score.
  • TOEFL scores are most broadly accepted in foreign universities. Almost 130 countries accept TOEFL.
  • Your preferable university will most probably check on your TOEFL score.
  • Scoring high on the test gives you confidence in the language and shows you that you’re not just a passive English user but actually acquire perfection in the language.
  • It’s a flexible test and gives you the liberty to take it as and when you want with the 50 test dates in a single year. You can even choose the test location as per your convenience.

 

Who accepts the TOEFL exam?

Almost all colleges in the USA including the Harvard, California, and Boston look up to the TOEFL scores as a means of selection. It is also accepted in Germany, UK, France, Canada, and New Zealand. More than 90% of UK-based universities require their candidates to take the test. It’s accepted by all the universities of Australia and New Zealand. It’s acceptance in Universities of Canada is about 80%.

TOEFL Scholarships

ETS has sponsored around 14 TOEFL Grants and Awards. They have also spent almost US$105,000 as a scholarship for outperforming students in China, India, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. It is to reward candidates achieving academic excellence, show English proficiency, have extraordinary leadership skills, performing extracurricular activities and perform well in the test. The following are the Grants and Awards given away by the ETS every year:

  1. Foreign or second language research, teaching or assessment
  2. International higher education

 

These are the TOEFL grants:

  1. English-language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program
  2. Small Allowances for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment
  3. TOEFL Committee of Examiners Research Grant
  4. TOEFL Committee of Examiners Grant Recipients
  5. TOEFL Young Students Series (by YSS) Research Grants
  6. TOEFL Awards (by application)
  7. TOEFL Awards (by nomination)
  8. TOEFL Award (applications reviewed by TESOL as part of conference proposal process)

 

TOEFL Exam Centers

TOEFL exams are held in various cities in India. The exam takes place at least 50 times per year and usually a gap of 12 days is maintained between two TOEFL exams. A candidate can choose his/her own desired location. There are 39 cities in India where the TOEFL iBT is conducted. These are Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, East Godavari District, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mumbai, Mussoorie, Nagpur, Nashik, Nizamabad, Patna, Pondicherry, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Tirupati, Trichy, Vadodara, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, and Warangal.  

Difference between TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Paper Delivered Test

TOEFL is available in two basic formats: Internet-based test (iBT) and paper-delivered test (PDT). iBT is more common than PDT. PDT is conducted generally in countries where internet is not properly available for the conduction of iBT. Unlike iBt which covers four sections of proficiency in English, PDT covers only three which are reading, writing and listening. iBt has more relevance than PBT as it leaves out on skill and thus isn’t accepted by many universities which gladly take iBT in consideration.

 


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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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