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Kavitha Vijeyavelan
05 Dec 2014 689 1 min Share

All you need to know about TOEFL

An article describing the basics, validity, evaluation, test centres and acceptence of TOEFL.

05 Dec 2014 689 1 min Share

The TOEFL, Test Of English as a Foreign Language, is an internet-based test that tests an individual’s skills in understanding and usage of the English language. This test is taken as a measure of one’s proficiency in the language especially for non-native English speakers who wish to pursue study in American universities and colleges. This test is administered by the Educational Testing Service or the ETS. 


The score of your TOEFL test stands valid for a period of two years. Scholarship programs, government agencies, businesses, and even licensing bodies may need this test. 


The TOEFL evaluates your skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing in relevance with academia.

Location and Format 

The format of the TOEFL test you take relies on the location of TOEFL test center; it could be either a TOEFL iBT test or a TOEFL Paper-based test. 

How Many Take It & Why 

Over 27 million across the globe are found to have taken the TOEFL! Students who take the TOEFL are mostly those who are looking to pursue higher education, to get scholarships or certifications, or to track their English language progress. Students or even those looking for joining work abroad who apply for visas, also take the TOEFL. 

Who Accepts TOEFL Scores

Nearly 8,500 institutions, colleges, and agencies in more than 130 countries accept these test scores. These scores are used to satisfy Visa requirements in the UK and Australia as well. 

Test Centres

Totally, there are 4,500 TOEFL test centres in 165 countries that you can take the test in. This test may be retaken as many times as you desire. This test will cost you from US$160 to US$250 depending on the location of your test centre. 
These are the basics of the TOEFL. Visit this site if you would like to know more about the TOEFL! 
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