What is TOEFL?

The TOEFL is an abbreviation of the Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is created by an organization called ETS (i.e Education Testing Service), a professional test development organization based in the USA. TOEFL can be taken by people whose native language in not English. International students need to show a certain amount of comfort with English as the primary language of communication. It measures a person’s ability to read, write, speak and understand English used in colleges or universities.

Most people take the TOEFL to get admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. Some people take the TOEFL to fulfill the requirements of a government department, licensing board, certification agency, or scholarship program. TOEFL is recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and organizations across 130 counties including USA, UK, Australia and Canada.

TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year at 4800 test centers in 165 countries worldwide. TOEFL has two basic formats – TOEFL iBT (i.e Internet-based test) and TOEFL PBT (i.e paper-based test). Most countries conduct the Internet-based test. TOEFL is usually held on Saturdays and Sundays. A candidate may retake a test as many times required. But the test cannot be taken within 12 hrs of the previous exam taken. It costs around (INR)₹ 10,500 to (INR)₹ 16,500 to take.

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