Experts from ETS
Topic TOEFL Test
Date August 24, 2017

TOEFL Test with TOEFL®

Test Of English as a Foregin Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world.

On the 24th of August 2017, Heidi Weisel, Social Media Coordinator and Michael Knab, Strategic Marketing Director of at Educational Testing Services (ETS) which operates the TOEFL test, hosted a live 30 minute Q&A session on Goodwall. The session was attended by 182 students from around the world. ETS is a nonprofit organization with a goal to provide innovative and meaningful measurement solutions that improve teaching and learning, expand educational opportunities, and inform policy.

How do you prepare for TOEFL? —Vedansh

The best way to prepare is to use the official TOEFL® test prep materials, issued by ETS. You can find them here:


How’s the exam taking process and what does it consist of? —Ximena

There are four sections in the TOEFL® test; Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. For more information about the test sections, take a look at

How is the TOEFL exam structure different from the IGCSE or A levels exams? —Tala

We can’t speak to the content of the IGCSE exam, but you can get more details about the format and question types of the TOEFL test here:

Is there any official IB and TOEFL equivalent table? If I have taken the IB program, is there any equivalent result to TOEFL? —Maria

There is no comparison table that has equivalencies between the TOEFL iBT test and any IB exams.

What is the composition of the test? —Ali

Here are the four sections in the TOEFL® test; Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. For more information about the test sections, take a look at

What are some of the best online sources to prepare for TOEFL in a month? —Gagan

We have a number of helpful online resources found here: Another great resource is our free interactive prep course found here:

When is it best to take the TOEFL if you're going to apply to college this year? —Kenza

It’s generally recommended that you take the TOEFL® test at least two to three months before your earliest application deadline. Registration for TOEFL® test dates are published 5-6 months in advance of the test administrations. Please visit: The test fee depends on the location where you will be taking the test. In India, the current fee is US$180. For more information on registration, fees, test dates, locations and formats, visit:

What is the average score accepted by universities? —Mandira

There is no passing or failing score on the TOEFL® test. Universities and programs that accept TOEFL scores set their own score requirements based on what English skills their students need to have, so requirements can vary. The TOEFL Destination Search ( is a great resource to find TOEFL-accepting institutions and the scores needed for admission. For help understanding TOEFL scores, visit:

What about IELTS? How are they different? —Hessein

IELTS is a different English-language test that is accepted by some universities.

What are the main factors considered in TOEFL speaking? —Gagan

To help you understand more about the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT® test, we recommend taking a look at the “Inside the TOEFL® Test” videos. They have in-depth information about the Speaking section that will help you better understand the types of questions you will be asked. You can view the videos here:

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What factors are taken into account in the speaking and writing part? —Mai

The Reading and Listening sections are all multiple choice and scored by computer. The Speaking and Writing are scored by human raters via our online scoring network. No marking takes place at the test center. In good writing examples, the writer should be able to illustrate the advantages and disadvantages with solid reasoning and clear examples. Here is a great resource to help you understand more about the Writing section of the TOEFL iBT®test:
The Speaking and Writing sections are scored holistically using the scoring guides (also known as rubrics).

What is the ideal score universities accept? —Shehnoor

Universities and programs that accept TOEFL® scores set their own score requirements based on what English skills their students need to have, so score requirements can vary. You can use the TOEFL Destination Search ( to search for institutions around the world that accept your TOEFL scores. Once you find institutions that you are interested in, we suggest reaching out to each individually to find out more details about their specific admission criteria.

When is this exam conducted? —Mandira

For a list of open test dates in your area and to register, visit: Once you start the registration process, you will be able to view available test centers.

How does the speaking part work with the toefl IBT? —Kenza

For the Speaking section, you speak into a microphone to respond to the speaking prompts. That means you’re not speaking directly to your rater, which can make some people nervous. Your TOEFL speaking responses are sent via the internet for scoring to 3-6 raters who don’t know you and can’t see you, which is more fair than being scored by only one interviewer at the test center. Check out this “Inside the TOEFL Test” video here:

Where can you take the exam? —Anouk

The TOEFL test has over 50 test dates per year at authorized test centers around the world. For a list of test dates in your area and to register, visit: and find your country on the list.

How may TOEFL help me get in a college? —Arda

Most universities that deliver courses in English have English-language requirements that can be met with a TOEFL iBT score. It helps the university determine whether you have the English skills to succeed in their programs.

How long are the scores valid for? —Elisabeth

TOEFL scores are valid for two years after your test date.

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The TOEFL is divided into four parts right? Written, oral, spoken and comprehension? —Angelica

Yes! There are four sections in the TOEFL test; Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. For more information about the test sections, take a look at

How can I test my language skill level? —Abdelhameed

You can practice your English skills using official TOEFL iBT practice materials from ETS, including TOEFL Practice Online, which has full length tests that simulate the real test. See these and other practice materials here:

Why would TOEFL be better than IELTS? —Alice

The TOEFL iBT® test is completed in half a day, unlike IELTS where you may have to come back a second day to complete the speaking section. During the IELTS test, you are required to speak with one examiner face-to-face. On the TOEFL® test, you speak your responses into a headset microphone to record them for the raters. Also, your TOEFL speaking responses will be scored by 3-6 raters who score anonymously for the fairest score possible, instead of a single rater at the test center. The TOEFL test also has more test centers worldwide than IELTS, so it’s more likely that there will be a location near you. Plus, TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 10,000 institutions worldwide in over 130 countries. To find institutions that accept TOEFL scores around the world, check out the TOEFL Destination Search: To learn more about the TOEFL test advantage, go to:

Is a great level of literacy in English expected? —Angelica

The TOEFL test is written using materials that are typical of a first year of university study.

I am Indian. Do I need to take TOEFL exams to get into an American High school/university despite the fact that I'm studying in a Cambridge international school? —Janya

This is dependent on the American school you are applying to and the admission requirements. You will need to check with the school for confirmation on that.

Are we capable of redoing the exam if we don't get the marks/the score we need? —Nermine

You can take the TOEFL iBT® test as many times as you wish, but only once within any 12-day period.

Is there an age requirement to take the TOEFL? —Rajeew

There is no age or any other eligibility requirement to take the test.

Is there a paper-based TOEFL test? —Olya

We do offer a revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test but it should be noted that it is only given in areas of the world where testing via the Internet is not available. Nearly all TOEFL tests worldwide are TOEFL iBT® tests. Visit to find out which tests are available in your area.

Topic TOEFL Test
Date August 24, 2017