Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)

TOEFL® measures your proficiency in the English language in an academic context. The TOEFL® test is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS®) and is administered worldwide. The test was first administered 1964 and has since been taken by millions of students. Most universities and colleges in the US and Canada require you to take the TOEFL test if you want to apply for a place to study there. More than 6,000 colleges, universities, and licensing agencies in 110 countries accept TOEFL scores.

TOEFL for Whom
You may need to sit the TOEFL test if your native language is not English and
  • you are applying to study at a university in the US
  • you are applying to be a teaching assistant as part of your (post) graduate programme at a US university
  • you are applying for a license to work as a doctor or nurse in the US
  • you are applying for university entrance or professional licensure in New Zealand

However, many US institutions do not require you to sit the TOEFL test if

  • you hold a degree or diploma from a postsecondary institution in an English-speaking country
  • you have successfully completed at least a two-year course of study in which English was the language of instruction

Please check admissions criteria of the institution(s) you intend applying for in order to determine whether you need to take the test.


Test Internet Based (iBT): Since its introduction in late 2005, the Internet-based test (iBT) has progressively replaced both the computer-based (CBT) and paper-based (PBT) tests. The iBT has been introduced in phases, with the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy in 2005 and the rest of the world in 2006, with test centers added regularly Computer-based Test (CBT): In most countries the TOEFL is a computer-based test (CBT), this means you have to follow instructions on a screen and answer questions interactively.

Paper-based Test (PBT): In areas where the iBT and CBT are not available, a paper-based test (PBT) is given. The PBT tests essentially the same skills as the CBT, albeit with some differences, noticeably the number of questions (which is higher in the PBT) and the score scales.

TOEFL Registration: The TOEFL test is given on set dates throughout the year, although not every test centre offers the test on every test date. For the most current information regarding test centers and dates, visit the TOEFL iBT online registration system on the ETS website.You can register online at the ETS website, by phone or by mail. Registration forms cannot be faxed.Online and phone registrations require a valid credit card. Early registration closes seven days prior to the test date (not including the day of the test). Late registration (which incurs an additional late fee of US$25) closes three days prior to the test date (not including the day of the test).To register by mail you need to obtain the TOEFL Information and Registration Bulletin for Internet-based Testing (iBT), which you can download from the ETS website or contact in INDIA. Thomson Testing Private Limited, 2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower-A, Sector – 25, Phase II, DLF City Gurgaon, Harayana – 122 002, INDIA. To register by phone in INDIA, call 91-124-4147700.The registration form must be received at ETS at least four weeks before your earliest test date.

TOEFL Fees: Currently Fee for TOEFL® Internet-Based Test in India is US$165.


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