TOEFL: General Information

TOEFL is the most widely accepted and most popular English language test in the world. It is recognized by more than 8,500 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries.

The TOEFL test has two formats. You can do it on paper or on a computer.

The Paper-based TOEFL is still administered in countries where the internet based TOEFL (iBT) is not available. Note that you can’t choose the format you take: it depends upon your location. If your local TOEFL test center gives the iBT, it is the format you will have to take.

There is also a TOEFL exam for younger students. It is called TOEFL Junior.

Where do I take the test?

The TOEFL test is organized by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is administered 30 – 40 times a year at test-centers authorized by ETS.

How much does the TOEFL test cost to take?

Prices vary in each country. The paper-based TOEFL costs approximately $160. The TOEFL iBT can cost as much as $240.

The Paper-based TOEFL test has the following format.

Listening comprehension

The listening comprehension test takes 30 to 40 minutes. You will have to answer 50 questions.

Structure and written expression

It takes about 25 minutes. You will have to answer 40 minutes.

Reading comprehension

The reading comprehension test takes about 55 minutes. You will have to answer 50 questions.

Writing (An essay)

You will get 30 minutes to write your TOEFL essay. You have to write on the topic you are given.