The TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The TOEFL is produced and administered by ETS, Educational Testing Service, a professional test development organization in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Almost One million students from 180 countries register to take the TOEFL every year at test centers throughout the world.
Since 1963, the TOEFL has been used by scholarship selection committees of Governments, Universities, and agencies such as Fulbright, the Agency for International Development as a standard measure of the English proficiency of their candidates. Some professional licensing and certification agencies also use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.
The admissions committees of more than 4500 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and many other countries world-wide require foreign applicants to submit TOEFL scores along with transcripts and recommendations in order to be considered for admission.
Duration: Approximately 60-100 minutes.
In the Reading module, there are three to five passages with 12-14 questions. Texts are taken from Geography, Science and History. The reading section tests your ability to understand reading passages like those in college textbooks.
Duration: Approximately 60-90 minutes.
In the Listening module, you will respond to 3 conversations and 6 lectures. After each listening passage, you will have to answer 5-6 questions about it. The listening section tests your ability to understand Spoken English that is typical of interactions and academic speech on College campuses.
Duration: 20 minutes
In the Speaking module, there are 2 independent tasks and 4 integrated tasks. You will have 15-20 seconds to prepare and 45-60 seconds to respond to each question. Your speaking will be evaluated on both the fluency of the language and accuracy of the content.
Duration: 50 minutes
In the Writing task, integrated essay asks for your response to an academic reading passage and a lecture on the same topic. You will have 20 minutes to write. Integrated topic will require that you have to write 150-200 words.
The independent essay usually asks for your opinion about a familiar topic. You will have 30 minutes to write your response. For the second task, you have to write 300-350 words.