What is the TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 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.

Two Types of the TOEFL

TOEFL IBT® test, administered via the Internet, is offered more than 50 times a year at ETS-authorized test centers throughout the world.


TOEFL® PBT test, administered in a paper-based format, is being phased out and is currently offered only in areas where testing via the Internet is not available.

Contents of the TOEFL

The exam combines four skill sections: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.


  • 60-80 minutes
  • 36-56 questions
  • Read 3-4 passages from academic texts and answer respective questions


  • 60-90 minutes
  • 34-51 questions
  • Listen to lectures, classroom discussions/conversations, then answer questions


10 minutes


  • 20 minutes
  • 6 tasks
  • Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks


  • 50 minutes
  • 2 tasks
  • Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing

Test Costs

About 225 USD dollars (but costs can range by country where test is taken)

Test Dates

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