What is the TOEFL?

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test that measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand the English language as it’s read, written, heard and spoken in the university classroom. TOEFL is a trademark of ETS (Educational Testing Service), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the tests.

For admission to most US colleges and universities, international applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency. Some colleges specifically ask students to meet a minimum score on the TOEFL. Some accept results from a longer list of English proficiency tests, including the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Others do not require proof of English proficiency if the applicant attended a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction.

The TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) measures English proficiency in four areas: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. The TOEFL iBT test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points, with each of the four sections accounting for 0 to 30 points.

See the ETS website for the TOEFL testing schedule in your country.

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