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TOEFL Overview

RARachit Agrawal
Updated OnDec 3, 2021


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, the TOEFL exemption is granted automatically.

Though by giving TOEFL, students get exempted, there are some countries that still have to go through some restrictions. 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 2020 Highlights

TOEFL website 


Educational Testing Service (ETS)



Accepted by

North American Universities


US $ 160 - US$ 260,

Grade validity

2 years


(iBT) 3 hours 10 minutes

(PBT) 2 hours 20 minutes


Registration for TOEFL is a straightforward procedure. The entire process is online, so there is not much hassle. 

Follow these steps to register for the TOEFL Exam:

  1. Visit the website of ETS for TOEFL
  2. Click on Login
  3. Select your country, which will redirect you to the type of test you want to take.
  4. Choose your Test Type and Select Book Now.
  5. Choose the Date, Place, and Module(Academic/ General)
  6. Accept the terms and Conditions
  7. Make the payment, and you are registered for a TOEFL Exam.

TOEFL Eligibility

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

TOEFL Exam Fee

TOEFL Exam fees vary from country to country. Apart from the registration fees, there are extra charges which are to be paid by the candidates applying for the exam. Below are extra charges to be paid under different circumstances:



TOEFL Cancellation or Re-scheduling Fees


TOEFL Fees India


Country Wise TOEFL Fees







South Korea


TOEFL Payment Policies

Candidates need to keep in mind the following while doing the payment for the exam:

  • The amount should be paid in full at the time when the service is required
  • If paying by cheque or money order, make sure that the numeric value is written correctly, and
  • Have necessary signatures

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:





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.


60–90 minutes

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


10 minutes



20 minutes

It 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.


50 minutes

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


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.


Score Range

Levels of score


0 to 30

High - Above 22

Fair - Above 15

Low - Below 14


0 to 30

High - Above 22

Fair - Above 15

Low - Below 14


0 to 30

High - Above 26

Fair - Above 18

Low - Below 10


0 to 30

High - Above 24

Fair - Above 17

Low - Below 16


0 to 30

Average is 80

Why 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 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 Test 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.  


Indo American Education Society

Education USA Advising Center 3rd Floor,

Office No. 1 & 2, 3rd Floor,

Sun Square, Nr. Hotel Regenta Antarim,

Ahmedabad - 380 009.


Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd

Dr. VPR Nagar,

Off Tambaram Sriperumbudur Road,

Manimangalam Post,

Chennai – 601 301



119/25A Mahatma Gandhi Marg,

Civil Lines,

Allahabad – 211 001


Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd

3rd Floor Tower B Prestige Shanti Niketan,

White Field ITPL Road Bangalore South Taluk,

Bengaluru – 560 048


Billabong High International School - Bhopal 

Beyond Bhadbhada Neelbad,

Bhopal – 462 044


Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd

Millennium City,9th Floor Block DN-62,

Sector V, Salt Lake Kolkata – 700 091


Saint Kabir Public School - Chandigarh

Sector 26 - Computer Lab,

Chandigarh – 160 019


The Doon School

Mall Road,

Dehradun – 248 001


Sacred Heart College

Sacred Heart College Computer Lab,

Thevara Cochin – 682 013

Gurgaon NCR Region

Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd

Iris Tech Park, Tower A, 2nd Floor Sector - 48 Sohna Road,

Gurgaon – 122 018


Knowledge Institute of Technology

KIT Campus,

Kakapalayam Salem – 637 504

ANCONS International - Coimbatore

#15, Sethuram Bldg, G. Flr Sundaresa Layout Lane,

Adj IOB Race Course Br. Trichy Road,

Coimbatore – 641 018


Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd

9th Floor, Unit - 2, Kapil Towers IT Block,

Survey No 115/1, IT Park, Hyderabad – 500 032

ANCONS International - Hyderabad

Kaizen Imperial Heights,, Umanagar Near Lifestyle,

Begumpet Hyderabad – 500 016


Shri Vaishnav Polytechnic College

MOG LINE - Ground Floor

Indore – 452 002


Kalvi Institute Private Ltd - Jaipur

Katewa Nagar Ext Gujar Kithari,

New Sanganer Road, Jaipur – 302 019


Prometric Testing Private Limited

C/o Dnyan Ganga Edu Trust

Ghodbunder Road, Thane West – 400 615

Study Overseas Counseling Center "Floville"

St. John's Avenue,

Opp. Wellington Catholic Gymkhana,

Near Khar Subway, Santacruz (West),

Mumbai – 400 054


Council For American Education

A-260 Defence Colony

New Delhi – 110 024

NIMT Information Centre – Delhi

F3, First Floor, CSC2,

DDA Market, Above Mother Dairy,

G Block Preet Vihar,

Preet Vihar, Delhi – 110 092


Itechnoplus Education And Solution Pvt Ltd

1st Floor, Pratiksha Bhawan,

BSNL Exchange Compound,

Opp. Shiv Mandir, Khajpura, Bailey Road,

Patna – 800 014


The Lexicon International School - Pune

Lexicon Estate, Gat No. 726

Pune Nagar Highway,

Bakori Phata Wagholi,

Pune – 412 207


Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology

PB No 17,

Kodakara PO,

Thrissur – 680 684


ANCONS International -Tirupati

Arch Road Above Syndicate Bank Bldg,


Tirupati – 517 501


Kalvi Institute Private Limited - Trichy

10th Cross Street,

Pon Nagar, Trichy – 620 001


Spring Dale Senior School

Fatehgarh Churian Road,

Amritsar – 143 001


MeritTrac Pvt Ltd - Vadodara

Meraki Edutech 4th Floor, Carnation Complex,

Opposite Pizza Hut Race Course Cir, Vadodara – 390 007


ANCONS International - Vijayawada

Tadikonda Elites, Opp. A Convention Center, Labbipet,

Vijayawada – 520 010


ANCONS International - Visakhapatnam

503, Kamakshi Residency,

Sheela Nagar Main Road Opp. Vikas Junior College,

Visakhapatnam – 530 0012


ANCONS International - Warangal

G.Floor, Behind ICICI Bank,

# 1-1-504, Edavelly Complex Chaitanyapuri Colony Main Rd., Kazipet,

Warangal – 506 001


Kalvi Institute Private Ltd - Gwalior

132 Sharda Vihar Colony,

New High Court Road City Center Gwalior


ConquerIT Consultancy Services - Nizamabad

Behind Vijay Theatre Police line,

Nizamabad – 503 001


BVC College of Engineering 

Palacharla Rajanagaram Mandal,

East Godavari District – 533 104


Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd

7th Floor, KEK Towers,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 010


Kalvi Institute Private Ltd - Puducherry 

231/2 Subramaniyan Street,

Opposite Ashok Theatre, Villianur,

Puducherry – 605 110


Latest Updates for TOEFL

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, there were few changes in the TOEFL Exam that took place. The administration body of TOEFL i.e., ETS (Education Testing Services)has announced to launch the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test. Candidates who are willing to study abroad can apply for the exam for different locations where TOEFL is available for the candidate’s convenience.


There are the following similarities and differences between IELTS and TOEFL:





TOEFL is only an academic test consists of skills like reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  

IELTS is an academic test as well as general training consisting of skills like reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  

Exam Duration

Approx 4 hours

Approx 3 hours

Exam Mode

Online mode

Online / Offline mode

Type Of Questions

It consists of limited questions like multiple choice and objective type questions.

It consists of many questions like multiple choice, text completion, matching, and many more.




Speaking Skills

The responses are recorded via microphones that involve integrated tasks.

The skills are tested by personal interview conducted by trained professionals.

Exam Scores Validity

2 years

2 years 

Types of TOEFL

TOEFL is conducted in two modes. Firstly, TOEFL iBT i.e., Internet Based Test which is conducted for the people who are seeking higher education in an English speaking environment and, secondly, TOEFL PBT i.e., Paper Based Test. 

The main feature of this test is to measure proficiency in English which includes abilities such as listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

How to register for TOEFL?

TOEFL registration can be done via the mobile application, slot booking, or online. Candidates can select their exam centers as per their convenience.

TOEFL Online Application

Candidates need to create an online profile on the ETS website to register for the exam. Below are the steps to  register online:

  1. Visit and create your profile.
  2. Fill in the required details.
  3. Confirm the details as per your ID proof.
  4. Proceed to pay the fees for further registration.
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Rachit Agrawal
Study Abroad Expert & Co-Founder @ AdmitKard
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.