TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language)
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is used to evaluate proficiency in English of those whose native language is not English. It measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 9,000 colleges, universities, and licensing agencies in 130 countries. The test is offered now only in one format: Internet-Based Test (iBT).
The TOEFL (iBT) assesses four basic language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It tests specific skills needed for students in an academic environment.
Most people who take the TOEFL test are planning to study at colleges and universities where medium of instruction is English. In addition; many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.
iBT TOEFL TEST FORMAT
Test Section No. of Questions Timing Reading 3-4 passages, 12-14 questions each 60-80 minutes Listening 4-6 lectures, 6 questions each 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each 60-90 minutes Break 10 minutes Speaking 6 tasks: 2 independent & 4 integrated 20 minutes Writing 1 integrated task 1 independent task 30 minutes
There is a mandatory speaking section, with integrated tasks included in both speaking and writing sections. There isn’t however a separate grammar or structure section, as the use of grammar is strongly evaluated in the speaking and writing sections.