Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in U.S. universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS. TOEFL is a trademark of ETS (Educational Testing Service), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the tests. The scores are valid for two years; then they are no longer reported.

TOEFL Exam Structure and Style

Exam Structure

The exam structure for the TOEFL exam is as follows:
Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 54–72 minutes 30–40 questions Read passages and respond to questions
Listening 41–57 minutes 28–39 questions Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 17 minutes 4 tasks Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response
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TOEFL Course Details

Type: Internet based or paper based test
Developer: ETS
Skills tested: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing of English Language
Purpose: To assess the English Language Proficiency of non-native English speakers
Duration: Internet Based Test spans 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 20 minutes
Score range: For internet based test (0-30 on each of 4 sections). Total is out 120
Score validity: 2 years
Offered: More than 50 times a year
Countries accepted: Worldwide
Language: English
Fee: US $160 to US $250(depending on country)