TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language™)

What is the TOEFL test?

The TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language™) is a test that measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand the English language as it’s read, written, heard and spoken in the university classroom.

Who Takes the TOEFL Test?

More than 27 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

  • Students planning to study at a higher education institution
  • English-language learning program admissions and exit
  • Scholarship and certification candidates
  • English-language learners who want to track their progress
  • Students and workers applying for visas

Who Accepts TOEFL Test Scores?

More than 8,500 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. For more information, including using your scores to satisfy visa requirements in Australia and the United Kingdom, how to find institutions that accept TOEFL scores, and more, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.

Where and when to take the TOEFL test

The TOEFL test is offered in more locations around the world than any other English-language test, making it easier for you to find a convenient location.

The TOEFL iBT®, administered via the Internet, is offered more than 50 times a year at authorized test centers throughout the world.

The TOEFL Paper-based Test (or TOEFL PBT) is offered in areas where the TOEFL iBT is not available, and is given 6 times a year. You can register online or by mail.

Registering for the TOEFL test:

Registration is available 3-4 months before the test date, but register early to reserve your seat.

Registering online is the easiest method, giving you access to over 4,500 test sites in over 165 countries. For information on other ways to register, click here.

TOEFL test score requirements:

Rest assured, there’s no passing or failing score. Score requirements are established by individual colleges and universities; check your selected schools to learn their required TOEFL test scores.

You will receive a score on each section (a score of 0-30), and a total score for the entire test (0-120). To earn a score on the TOEFL test, you must do all of the following:

  • Answer at least 1 question in the Reading section
  • Answer at least 1 question in the Listening section
  • Write at least 1 essay in the Writing section
  • Finish at least 1 task in the Speaking section

How long scores are valid:

ETS will report scores for 2 years after your test date.


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