TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language


TOEFL TEST – Test of English as a Foreign Language is a Standardized test that evaluates the English Proficiency of people whose native language is not English.

Nearly 2400 educational institutions / Universities in the US and Canada and 8500 institutes in nearly 200 countries of the world require TOEFL test scores from each applicant desirous to take admission there. However this test is only to test English proficiency of the takers and high score in it alone does not guarantee into any kind of admission offer from a great school. But the test is compulsory and cannot be surpassed. This computer based test  is taken in India since October 2000.

TOEFL Test Eligibility:

There are no restrictions based on age or qualifications. So any one can take the test.

TOEFL Syllabus:

TOFEL  consists of question fom:

  • Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Listening comp, Writing and targeted TOEFL test taking skills and strategies.
  • English Language training through American films.
  • University Admission Guidance, Exercises and information.
  • Review of idiomatic expressions and responses that they are likely to encounter on American campuses and in professional settings.

The test has four sections:

  • Listening
  • Structure
  • Reading and
  • Writing

The number of questions and the time allocated to solve each question can vary. One student may get 35 questions in Listening section while another may get 45. But, the additional questions are for research purposes only and the scores of all test takers are based on the same number of questions.

TOFEL Pattern:

Section No of questions Time Allowed
Listening Section 30 – 50 questions 40 – 60 min.
Structure Section 20 – 25 questions 15 – 20 min.
Reading Section 44 – 60 questions 70 – 90 min.
Writing Section 1 Essay 30 min.
  • Total 94 – 135 question + 1 Essay 4 hrs. (approx.)

TOEFL Test Dates:

Computer based TOEFL test is held all-round-the-year. one can choose his own date and time for taking the TOEFL test. The test is taken from Monday through Friday two times in a day. September to December is the high season for this test, so to take test during this time nearly 90 days advance registration is required to get a date of choice. However in normal conditions registering at least three days in advance is mandatory.

TOEFL Test Centres:

For conducting the test, ETS (Educational Testing Services) has appointed Testing Agencies in various countries, which act as franchisees for ETS. In India, this agency is the “Sylvan Testing Services Pvt Ltd” which administers the test at 9 centers in the country:

  • Ahmedabad.
  • Allahabad.
  • Bangalore.
  • Calcutta.
  • Chennai.
  • Hyderabad.
  • Mumbai.
  • New Delhi.
  • Trivandrum.

TOFEL Test Duration One can take the test within one to four weeks in most countries. The four-hour test consists of four sections, each measuring mainly one of the basic language skills . The test cannot be taken more than once a week.

TOEFL Test validity period:

The test scores are valid for two years.

How to register for the TOEFL Test?

Regional Registration Center – India Region

Senior Plaza, 160-A, Gautam Nagar Behind IOC Building, Yusuf Sarai New Delhi – 110049 Phone: 91-11-26511649/ 26531442 FAX: 91-11-26529741/ 26523266/ 26519487 e-mail:

Important: The name on the registration form should be exactly the same as in passport to appear for the test. It is advisable to attach the photocopy of the Passport with the application form to avoid any faulty registration.

TOFEL Test Fee The fee the test vary from country to country. For India it is US $130, payable at the time of registration.

Mode of payment for TOEFL Test?

  • You can pay either using an International Credit Card (VISA/MASTER/AMEX) or you can also pay in INR by means of a bank draft.
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • The above amounts are exclusive of any Value Added or similar taxes.
  • Any tax is payable in addition to the amounts quoted.

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