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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is to measure the aptitude of non-native speakers of English to analyze and comprehend English as it is spoken, written and heard in colleges and universities of America. TOEFL is considered to be a pre-requisite for admission in many of the colleges and universities in US.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is administered by Educational Testing Services across the world. Some of the institutes located outside the United States also accept TOEFL score as a measurement of English Proficiency of a candidate.

Eligibility:
Normally an individual who has passed his/her 10+2 level examinations from any recognized Indian Board can take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test.

Some institutions have listed down some conditions, which exempt the student from taking the TOEFL examinations, it includes :

  • Non-native speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand).
  • Non-native speakers who have successfully completed at least a two-years course of study in which English was the language of instruction.
  • Non-native speakers who have taken the TOEFL test within the past two years.
  • Non-native speakers who have successfully pursued academic work at schools where English was the language of instruction in an English-speaking country for a specified period, generally two years.
Contents of the test:
TOEFL is available in different formats depending upon the location. TOEFL is generally available in three formats:
  • Internet Based Testing (IBT):
    TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) assesses all four basic language skills required for effective communication :
    (a) Speaking: It is to measure the ability of a candidate to speak language as it is spoken particularly in North America.
    (b) Listening: It is to measure the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America
    (c) Reading: It is to measure the ability of the candidate to understand short passages similar in topic and style to the academic texts used in North American colleges and universities.
    (d) Writing: It is to measure the ability of the candidate to write in English on an assigned topic.
  • Computer Based Testing (CBT):
    TOEFL Computer Based Testing (TOEFL CBT) has four sections:
    (a) Listening: It is to measure the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America
    (b) Structure: It is to measure the ability to recognize the language that is appropriate for standard written English.
    (c) Reading: It is to measure the ability of the candidate to understand short passages similar in topic and style to the academic texts used in North American colleges and universities.
    (d) Writing: It is to measure the ability of the candidate to write in English on an assigned topic.
  • Paper-based Testing (PBT):
    TOEFL Paper Based Testing (TOEFL PBT) has three sections plus a 30-minute writing test i.e. TWE (Test of Written English).
    TWE (Test of Written English) is required for everyone who takes the paper-based test.
    The three sections included in this kind of testing are:
    (a) Listening Comprehension: It is to measure the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America.
    (b) Structure and Language: It is to measure the ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English.
    (c) Reading Comprehension: It is to measure the ability to understand non-technical reading matter.
    TOEFL Internet-based Test and TOEFL Computer Based Testing are the only two tests available in India.
Registration: Candidates who are willing to take the TOEFL test have to register for any one of the above tests administered by ETS (Educational Testing Services) across the world.
The applicant can register at:
Testing Private Limited,
2nd Floor,DLF Infinity Tower - A,
Sector - 25, Phase II,
DLF City Gurgaon,
Harayana- 122002,
Registration Phone: +91-11-26511649
Website: www.toefl.org
 

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