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  • TOEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language

    TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language and it is essential to clear TOEFL for non-English speaking students to get admission to more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS.

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    TOEFL test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And also evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

    Looking at the present scenario of the test the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) format has progressively replaced the computer-based tests (CBT) and paper-based tests (PBT), although paper-based testing is still used in select areas. The TOEFL iBT test has been introduced in phases, with the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy in 2005 and the rest of the world in 2006, with test centers added regularly. The CBT was discontinued in September 2006 and these scores are no longer valid.

    The Test consists of the following sections.

    1. Listening (30 – 40 minutes)
    This section evaluates your understanding of spoken English in North America. This section has three parts. You will have 35 minutes to answer 50 questions.
    i) Part A: 30 questions
    ii) Part B: 8 questions
    iii) Part C: 12 questions

    2. Structure and Written Expression (25 minutes)
    This section tests your understanding of the structure and usage of standard English grammar. This section is divided into two parts. You will have 25 minutes to answer 40 questions
    i) Part A: 15 questions
    ii) Part B: 25 questions

    3. Reading Comprehension (55 minutes)
    This section measures your understanding of reading passages with academic contents. You will have 55 minutes to answer 50 questions.

    4. Writing (30 minutes)
    The TOEFL PBT administrations include a writing test called the Test of Written English (TWE). This is one essay question with 250–300 words in average.

    The exam is conducted every month either on Friday or Saturday. there by giving a total of 12 times in a year.

    More Details: TOEFL

    Exam Fee:
    1. The fee for the Friday Testing Program (the Special Center TOEFL) is currently US $45.
    2. The fee for the Saturday Testing Program (the International TOEFL) is currently US $38.

    Usually there is no fixed cut-off or passing score or failing score for TOEFL, generally of 600 or above is considered to be excellent. Each college, university, or institution has its own TOEFL score admission requirement.

    The score required varies depending on the field of study (non-technical or technical) and the program (two-year, undergraduate or graduate) for which you are applying. A score of 400 or above for a two-year program, 500 or above for an undergraduate program, and 550 or above for a graduate program is generally required.

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