Taking the TOEFL is almost always a stressful experience. You need to get a specific score. You pay a lot to take the test. You’ve been preparing for months. The test center may be noisy or crowded. You might not have slept well the night before.There’s nothing to be done about any of that, but beginning to prepare for the TOEFL well in advance is one of the best things you can do to reduce your level of stress on test day.
Here are some important facts of TOEFL you should know about the TOEFL exam if you plan to move to an English speaking country as a resident or enroll in school there as a student. That the TOEFL is no longer accepted in the United Kingdom. ETS, Educational Testing Services’ contract in the U.K., expired and was not renewed due to a cheating scandal that arose regarding the TESL exam (also offered by ETS in addition to the TOEFL). However, the IELTS exam is a U.K. based exam and is accepted at nearly all colleges and universities in the U.K. You might also want to know that IELTS is accepted at nearly two-thirds of all colleges and universities in the USA.
- TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language
- iBT – Internet Based Test
- PBT – Paper Based Test
- CBT – Computer Based Test (no longer used)
Facts About TOEFL
- Most major cities in China have a testing center where the test is given.
- The test can be taken only once every 12 days.
- You can take the exam multiple times and you can have your highest scores reported to the university you desire to attend.
- You can register and pay at online
- The test has 4 sections/parts – reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Each part has a possible total points of 30
- Total possible score for the whole exam is 120
- Most desirable colleges/universities require a score of 100 or more
- Total time for the exam is 4 hours. A mandatory 10 minute break will be offered.
- Exam begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp (on time). If you are late, you will not be allowed to take the exam and must reschedule.
1. Reading – You will be given 4-6 passages to read. You will answer questions for comprehension of those passages. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required. The TOEFL iBT requires you filling in tables and completing summaries. Time allowed for Listening Section is 60-100 minutes.
2. Listening – You will listen to 6 passages which are each 3-5 minutes long. These will include conversations, lectures and/or discussions. You are allowed to hear each passage only one time. Conversations have 5 questions each. Lectures have 6 questions each. Time allowed for the Listening Section is 60-90 minutes.
3. Speaking – 6 tasks are given. Two tasks are independent tasks. Four tasks are integrated tasks. Independent tasks will require you to express your preferences or opinions. Integrated tasks will require you to reflect the preferences or opinions of others that are presented within a conversation between two people. You will speak into a microphone on the computer and your answers will be digitally recorded. There will be 3-6 raters (graders or people who grade and score your exam) will listen to your responses and determine your score. An average is taken of the raters and given to you.
4. Writing – Writing includes 2 tasks. One is independent and one is integrated. You will write a summary of the integrated task. You will write an essay of the independent task reflecting your opinion, preferences or choices.