What Is the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level, and it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
The exam is taken on a computer and consists of four sections: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The full score is 120 points with each of the four sections totaling 30 points.
Only international students are required to take the TOEFL iBT. Universities typically list their minimum TOEFL score requirements. Certain schools may even have minimum score requirements for each section on its own. Official scores are also only valid for up to two years for the purpose of college admission.
How is the TOEFL scored?
tests you on your ability to…
- paraphrase conversational idioms and university-level academic texts/lectures
- comprehend university-level academic English vocabulary
- map out a texts’ logical progression of ideas
- summarize the most relevant main points from a text
- identify specific pronoun antecedents
rates your skill level in…
- constructing and writing an essay in under 20-30 minutes without spell check or grammar check
- employing appropriate, meaningful word and sentence variety
- developing an organized, cohesive argument
- providing relevant, supporting details and examples for your position
- drawing the relationship between an academic lecture and text on the same topic
tests you on your ability to…
- give a clearly understandable, relevant, and meaningful verbal response for an entire 45-60 seconds
- plan and construct a verbal response in 15-30 seconds preparation time
- provide a vocal response with few or no stop gaps, redundancies, mispronunciations, word mis-usages, and grammatical errors
- draw meaningful relationships between conversations and schools announcements along with academic lectures and texts
- deliver relevant, supporting examples and details for your argument
rates your skill level in:
- pinpointing select pieces of important information stated throughout a campus conversation or academic lecture/discussion.
- noticing verbal cues and understanding common English expressions and phrasing
- taking quick, effective notes under time pressure
- recognizing the structure, purpose, and main idea of an academic lecture
- identifying the logical progression of an argument or conversation
Where and When Can I Take the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL test has more test dates (30–40 per year) and locations (4,500 test centers in 165 countries) than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish.
What Does the TOEFL iBT Test Cost?
The cost of the test can range from US$160 to US$250 and varies between countries.
Don’t Know Whether or Not to Take the Test? Not Sure If You Need Prep?
Come take a full-length mock test in our office. Within one week’s time, you will receive a detailed score report with specific feedback for each speaking and writing response. We will also give you our professional recommendation on the type and amount of preparation needed to reach your target scores.