TOEFL iBT

Test of English as a foreign language is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions.

TOEFL is a computer based International examination which assesses the ability of test takers in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking modules.

Reading

The Reading section consists of questions on 3-5 passages, which is approximately of 700 words in length. The passages are on academic topics, found in an undergraduate university textbook. Passages require understanding of rhetorical functions such as cause-effect, compare-contrast and argumentation.

Listening

The Listening section consists of questions on six passages, each 3–5 minutes in length. These passages include two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussions. The conversations involve a student and either a professor or a campus service provider. The lectures are a self-contained portion of an academic lecture, which may involve student participation and does not assume specialized background knowledge in the subject area. 

Speaking

The Speaking section consists of six tasks: two independent and four integrated. In the two independent tasks, test-takers answer opinion questions on familiar topics. They are evaluated on their ability to speak spontaneously and convey their ideas clearly and coherently.

Writing

The Writing section measures a test taker's ability to write in an academic setting and consists of two tasks: one integrated and one independent. In the integrated task, test-takers read a passage on an academic topic and then listen to a speaker discuss it. The test-taker then writes a summary about the important points in the listening passage and explains how these relate to the key points of the reading passage. In the independent task, the test-taker must write an essay that states their opinion or choice, and then explain it, rather than simply listing personal preferences or choices.

 

Task

Description

Approximate time

Reading

3–5 passages, each containing 12–14 questions

60–80 minutes

Listening

6–9 passages, each containing 5–6 questions

60–90 minutes

Break

Mandatory break

10 minutes

Speaking

6 tasks

20 minutes

Writing

2 tasks

50 minutes

Test Validity and Results:

  • The exam is valid for two years and accepted by more 130 countries of the world.
  • Result is declared two weeks after the test date, which students can check online through the ID created while registration.

TOEFL iBT Test

  • The TOEFL iBT test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points.
  • Each of the four sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) receives a scaled score from 0 to 30. The scaled scores from the four sections are added together to determine the total score.
  • Each speaking question is initially given a score of 0 to 4, and each writing question is initially given a score of 0 to 5. These scores are converted to scaled scores of 0 to 30.

 Accepted TOEFL Scores

  • Most colleges use TOEFL scores as only one factor in their admission process, with a college or program within a college often setting a minimum TOEFL score required

 TOEFL iBT Score Ranges to IELTS Scores

 

IELTS Score     

TOEFL Score                

IELTS Description

9

118-120

Expert User

8.5

115-117

Very Good User

8

110-114

7.5

102-109

Good User

7

94-101

6.5

79-93

Competent User

6

60-78

5.5

42-59

Modest User

5

35-41

4.5

32-34

Limited User

0-4

0-31

Extremely Limited/Intermittent/Non User