TOEFL Test: Your Permit to Study Abroad

If you are planning to study abroad in an English- speaking country, and are a non-native speaker of English, then you need to demonstrate your English-language proficiency. Prepare yourself for the most widely accepted,equally popular English test.i.e, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL is a standardized test which is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) worldwide. This test measures the capability of non-native speakers of English to use and comprehend English as it is used in colleges and universities abroad.

Basic Format of Test

The TOEFL® test is offered in two formats: The TOEFL iBT( test administered via Internet), or The TOEFL PBT (administered in a paper-based format). The type of format you will appear for totally depends upon applicant’s geographic location:.

The TOEFL iBT test: Mostly candidates prefer to appear for the TOEFL iBT as it administered via Internet. It is held round about 30–40 times a year at more than 4,500 authorized test centers throughout the world. The TOEFL iB test cost between US$160 to US$250 and varies between countries. There are four sections in the TOEFL iBT® test: Reading Section (Score of: 0–30), Listening Section (Score of: 0–30) Speaking Section (Score of: 0–30) and Writing Section (Score of: 0–30).

The score remains valid for two years from the test date. There is no passing or failing scores. Each Institute or College set their own score requirement.

The TOEFL PBT: Centers where Internet is not accessible, TOEFL PBT is available. It is a paper based test and offered six times a year. TOEFL PBT test costs about US$160.There are three sections plus an essay writing portion in the TOEFL PBT: Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression and a TWE® essay part.

TOEFL PBT scores too remain valid for 2 years, and each institute set their own score requirement.

If you are from China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan then you can apply for the TOEFL® Scholarship Program. The TOEFL scholarship fund can only be used for covering your tuition fees and that too once you have registered with the institution and arrived on campus.

Hope you find the above information useful.

Preeti Supyal

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