The TOEFL iBT sections:
The test is given in English, has 4 sections (reading, listening, speaking and writing), and takes about 4½ hours. Taking notes is allowed during the TOEFL iBT; your notes will be collected after the test.
Section Time limit No. of Questions
Reading 60 – 80 minutes 36 - 56
Listening 60 – 90 minutes 34 - 51
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks
Cost of the test:
The test fee depends on the test location you choose. To give you an idea, the cost ranges from US$160 to US$250. For information on registration fees, testing site locations, test dates and test
formatsHere are other fees that may apply to you:
Late registration: US$35
Reinstatement of canceled scores: US$20
Additional score reports (per institution or agency): US$17 each Speaking or Writing Section rescore: US$60 each Returned personal check (paper or electronic): US$20
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™ is given 30-40 times a year, at thousands of secure, Internet-based test sites around the globe.
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
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,
Have one of the following ready for payment: a credit/debit card, electronic check or TOEFL registration voucher – which you can purchase from a TOEFL iBT™ Test Resource Centre in local currency. Know the names of up to four institutions you want to receive your scores.
Know the test dates and locations where you want to test.
Rescheduling or canceling your registration:
If you need to reschedule or cancel your registration, you can do so up to three full days before your test date (not
including the day of the test or the day of your request). That means if your test is on Saturday, you must reschedule or cancel by
Tuesday. To reschedule online or by phone, you must provide your registration number, and the full name you used to register. The
fee to reschedule is US$60, and must be paid before you can reschedule.
If you cancel by the 3-day deadline, you’ll receive a refund equivalent to half of the original test fee.
If your test is rescheduled or delayed:
On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances may result in a delayed start, rescheduled test or your test scores being canceled after you’ve taken the test.
If your test is rescheduled by ETS before you test, you can select a different test date and you will not be charged the rescheduling fee.
If you travel to the testing center and find out that the test administration has been canceled by ETS, you can reschedule your test at no charge or receive a full refund of your test fee.
If you take the test and your scores are canceled by ETS, ETS will determine, at its sole discretion, whether you are eligible to re-test at no charge or receive a refund.
If ETS cancels a test administration or cancels scores after you test, and you have incurred travel costs to get to the test center, you may be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable and documented travel expenses for yourself only within 30 days of your original test date. Refunds are in U.S. dollars.
TOEFL test score requirements:
There is 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 the test is scored:
The TOEFL test is scored using both automated computer scoring and human raters (highly trained professionals) to ensure
unbiased and accurate results for all four TOEFL test sections.
Only the TOEFL test uses a network of multiple, rigorously-trained human raters to score the test anonymously, using a quality-control process that meets the highest standards of fairness and objectivity. No other English-language test uses these methods, which can prevent inconsistencies in scoring.
This means your score is an accurate, comprehensive and trusted assessment of your English skills — for you and the universities considering you for admission.
Getting your scores:
Your scores will be posted online, usually within 2 weeks after the test date. They are also mailed to you and the
universities or institutions you selected.
1 print and 1 online score report for you
Up to 4 official score reports that ETS will send directly to the universities institutions or agencies you select when you register; you can decide where to send them up to the day before you take the test
You can send additional score reports to as many institutions as you choose, for a small fee.
How long scores are valid:
ETS will report scores for 2 years after your test date.