Test Of English A
Foreign Language is a Standardized test that evaluates the English Proficiency of people
whose native language is not English. Nearly 2400 education institutes in the United
States and Canada require TOEFL® scores from each applicant. The test is also used by
institutions in other countries where English is the language of Instruction. The TOEFL
tests the ability to understand North American English.
TOEFL test is
administered as a computer based test in India.
The test is designed in such a way that it would be unlike any other test you would have
taken at school or college. First, the test has no question paper or answer sheets, nor
does it have the same set of questions for all the examinees. Further, it does not give
you the option of not answering a question (unless, of course, you run out of time at the
end). All this because the TOEFL test is now an entirely Computer based test - the
keyboard and mouse do the work of a pen or pencil. The test is scored out of 300, and most
scores fall in the range of 200-250.
The TOEFL test is only
to test your English proficiency. A high score alone does not translate into an admission
offer from a great school. But the test is mandatory and cannot be overlooked.
The TOEFL test is
developed and administered by the US-based "Educational Testing Service" (ETS).
This implies that ETS sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the
score report. For the conduct of the test, ETS has appointed Testing Agencies in various
countries, which act as franchisee for ETS. In India, this agency is the "Prometric
Testing Services Pvt Ltd" which administers the test at 9 centres in the country: Ahmedabad,
Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivandrum.
TOEFL test is held all-round-the-year. Unlike other exams, you can choose your own date
and time for taking the TOEFL test! The test is administered in the above cities
five-days-a-week (Monday through Friday), twice-a-day. September to December is the high
season for TOEFL test, so in case you intend to take the test during this period, you need
to register very early (say 90 days in advance) to get a date of your choice. Otherwise,
registering at least three days in advance is mandatory. The test lasts roughly four
everyone is eligible for taking the TOEFL test - there are no restrictions based on age or
qualifications. The test scores are valid for two years, i.e., most universities accept
scores up to two years old.
|TOEFL Computer-Based Test
|| US$140 (includes 1 examinee score record and 4 score recipients)
|TOEFL Paper-Based Test
|| US$140 (includes 1 examinee score record and 4 score recipients)
|Additional Score Report Requests
|| US$17 (per recipient)
|TOEFL Paper Answer Sheet
|Reinstatement of Canceled Scores
|Fee for Returned Check or Declined Credit Card
are subject to change without notice. In India, this fee is US
$130, payable at the time of registration. You cannot pay in Indian Rupees.
fees has to be paid through a US Dollar denominated draft, made out in favour of "ETS
- TOEFL" payable in the U.S. Such a draft is usually available with the Main Branches
of most banks (which have a foreign exchange counter) in most of the big cities for a
nominal charge (around Rs. 200).
Alternately, the payment can also be made through a
credit card which has global acceptance. The credit card need not necessarily be yours -
you can get your father to sign for you!
The name on the registration form should be exactly the same as in your passport or you
may not be allowed to test. It is advisable to attach the photocopy of the Passport with
the application form to avoid any faulty registration.
"TOEFL Information Bulletin" available free with
Prometric Testing Services and
USEFI. You can also request the bulletin from Infozee at Request Test Forms and it will be delivered to your given
address. The Test Scheduling Form comes with the bulletin. There are three ways to
Phone: You may call up Prometric office until 12:00 noon to register. Make
sure to call at least THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the test date.
Fax: If registering by fax, you must send your fax at lest SEVEN DAYS prior to
your first choice of a test day.
Mail/Courier: Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by
credit card), and submit these to the Prometric Centre either by hand
or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least THREE WEEKS before
your choice of a test day.
On receipt of your
documents, an appointment will be scheduled for you to test at the
Center. Confirmation of the date, time and location of the appointment will be sent to
you. If you do not receive confirmation at least THREE business days before
your first choice of test day, please call the Prometric office to verify your appointment.
Testing Private Limited
2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower - A
Sector 25, Phase ll
DLF City, Gurgaon
You will receive an
admit card normally within a week of applying. Remember to keep a copy of the form and the
draft with you.
What is a
In a computer-adaptive
test, the computer screen displays one question at a time, which is chosen from a very
large pool of questions categorized by content and difficulty. The first question is
always of a medium difficulty, and each subsequent question is determined by your
responses to all the previous questions. In other words, the CAT adjusts itself to your
ability level - youll get few questions that are either too easy or too difficult
for you. The number of questions you get also depends on your previous answers.
In one section of TOEFL
test, you are allowed to go back to the previous questions.
Most questions in the
TOEFL CAT has four answer options, and you are required to select one of these four as the
correct answer by clicking on it. A subsequent question is displayed on the screen only
after you have answered the previous question, so you cannot skip a question. You cannot
also go back to a previously answered question to change your answer. Thus, if you guess a
correct answer or answer a question incorrectly by mistake, your answers to subsequent
questions will lead you back to questions that are at the appropriate level of difficulty
Some questions may have
special directions which appear in a box under the question. Like some questions may have
two answers and some may require you to make more than two selections.
The test has four
sections : Listening, Structure, Reading and Writing.
The number of questions
and the time allocated to each question may vary. Therefore, one student may get 35
questions in Listening section while another may get 45. But, the additional questions are
for research purposes only and the scores of all test takers are based on the same
number of questions.
The following table
gives out the format of the TOEFL-CAT :
30 - 50
40 - 60
20 - 25
15 - 20
44 - 60
94 - 135
question + 1 Essay
The tutorial is meant to
make you feel comfortable with the infrastructure and the environment and does not have a
prescribed time limit. You are expected to be through with it in 40 minutes or so : it
makes sense to acclimatize yourself fully with the setting even after you think you have
understood how the system works.
ETS has the
provision of reporting your TOEFL scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice,
the cost of which is built into the TOEFL fee you pay. But the catch is : you have to
select these four universities which will receive copies of your score report BEFORE
you begin to take the test. This implies that even before taking the TOEFL test, you need
to do some homework on which universities youre finally going to apply, based on the
score that you expect to attain. For reporting to each additional university, the ETS
charges you $15, payable by an international credit card or a dollar denominated draft.
The TOEFL results
comprise four different scores : a total score (0-300), a separate score for Listening
section (0-30), a separate score for Structure/Writing section (0-30) and a separate score
for Reading section (0-30). The total score is reported on a scale from 0 to 300.
Note that your Essay
score will individually be rated (0-6). However the essay score is incorporated
into the Structure/Writing scaled score with the rating of essay constituting
approximately one half of the Structure/Writing scaled score. You get to know your
Listening and Reading section scores immediately after taking the test. You will also see
your Structure/Writing scores as score ranges because your essay will not yet have been
read and rated. Your final score will be within the range shown on the screen after you
finish the test. As the evaluation of essays take about 2 to 4 weeks, your Official TOEFL
score reports, which include the Writing scores, are mailed approximately two to four
weeks after you take the test and take another ten days or so to reach your address.
If you would like
to reschedule your exam or need to cancel you must contact us before 12:00 PM, THREE
BUSINESS days prior to your exam date. You will receive a partial refund of US $ 65 on request when cancelling before the
deadline. There is a US $ 40 fee to reschedule the
You are required to
bring your valid passport on the day of your exam. This is mandatory.
bearing identification, i.e., Driving License, Notarised identification.
Confirmation letter or