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TOEFL The TOEFL iBT® test is given in English and administered via the internet. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete and each section is taken online.

Combining All Four Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:Read, listen and then speak in response to a questionListen and then speak in response to a questionRead, listen and then write in response to a question

TOEFL iBT® and TOEFL® PBT tests?
The TOEFL iBT® test is administered via the Internet, and the TOEFL PBT test is administered in a paper-based format. The TOEFL PBT test is being phased out beginning in mid-2012. The TOEFL iBT test measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.It is offered 30 to 40 times a year, and is administered online at more than 4,500 testing sites in 165 countries.The TOEFL PBT test measures reading, listening, grammar and writing skills and is offered in areas where Internet-based testing is not available.

Where are TOEFL test scores accepted?
More about how the TOEFL test can be your passport to study anywhere English is spoken, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.

How do I know what an institution's score requirements are?
Each institution sets its own score requirements. You can start your score requirement research with the TOEFL® Destinations Directory and then contact the institution for more specific requirements. If you're applying for postgraduate studies, find out if your institution requires other tests, such as the GRE® (Graduate Record Examinations®) test. For more information about the GRE test, go

How often is the test given?
The TOEFL iBT test is given on fixed dates, 30 to 40 times a year. Select your test date and location here.

How do I find testing locations and dates?
Choose online, by mail, by phone or in person.

Can I take the test in one day?
Yes, the test is given in one day. The test takes about four hours, but with check-in you should plan to be

Can I retake the test?
Yes, you can retake the test as many times as you wish. There is no passing or failing test score — score requirements are set by each higher education institution or agency.

Why should I take the TOEFL test over another test?
TOEFL iBT Test Content
TOEFL PBT Test Content
It's the most widely accepted
It's the most accurately measured
• Learn more: Why Take the Test?
It offers the most testing locations

How much does the TOEFL iBT test cost?
Costs depend on the test location you choose. Usually, the cost ranges from US$160 to US$250. For more information on registration fees, locations, test dates and test formats, see How to Register.

How many score reports are included in my test fee?
Your test fee includes:
• one online score report for you, and one paper copy if you requested it before you took the selecting that option when you register. You can change this option at any time up to 10 p.m. (local test center time) on the day before you test. Go to your online profile to change your Scoreup to four official score reports to the destinations (institutions or agencies) you select before you

• Can I order additional official score reports?
Yes, you can order additional score reports after your scores are available online, approximately 10 days after your test date.

What is the test fee refund policy?
If you cancel your registration by the three-day advance deadline (not including test day), you will receive a refund of half the original test fee you paid. Refunds will be in U.S. dollars. Cash refunds are not available.

What are the fees for other services?
See Fees

What do I need to know before I register?
Before you register, you must decide where you want to take the test. Go to testing locations and dates.

When can I register for the test?
Seats fill up quickly, so register early. We recommend that you register three to four months before your desired test date to reserve your seat. Your test date should be two to three months before your earliest

How do I register to reserve my seat?
You can register using one of four methods — online, in person, by phone or by mail. Online Additional reports can be ordered through the TOEFL online registration system or by completing the Official Score Report Request Form (PDF).
Reports payment.
The registration dates are available at over 4,500 testing locations in over 165 countries.
See How to Register
When you register, remember to:
•Have identification you bring with you on test day. Have your credit/debit card, electronic check, PayPal® account information or TOEFL voucher for payment.
Provide the names of up to four institutions you want to receive your scores. You can select them need to provide the TOEFL codes for each institution. If you register online and are not ready to select your score recipients, you can do so up until 10 p.m. on the day before your test by logging in to your online account. Know where and when you want to test. Select from this list of testing locations and dates.

• What forms of payment do you accept?
See fees.
What is a TOEFL iBT registration voucher?
A TOEFL iBT registration voucher is a unique test registration code used instead of a credit card payment when you register online or by phone. Registration vouchers are valid for the TOEFL iBT test only, local currency from an official TOEFL iBT Resource Center or Voucher Reseller. See Contact Us.

How do you use a TOEFL registration voucher?
To use your registration voucher, go to how to register, create an online account and register for the TOEFL your TOEFL test registration voucher number. Your registration voucher must be used on or before the expiration date.

What is a TOEFL iBT® Resource Center?
A TOEFL iBT Resource Center is a place where you can go to get more information about the TOEFL test card. At other locations, you can purchase a TOEFL iBT Registration Voucher in local currency. A printed TOEFL® Test Prep Planner is given to you for FREE when you register for the test with the help

How should my name appear on my registration?

The spelling of your name should match exactly the name printed on the valid ID document you will present at the testing site. If this information does not match, you will not be permitted to test, and your test fee will be forfeited.

How can I find a testing site?
When you select a date and general location in the online registration system, you'll see a list of test sites in that area. You can search by site or date to find a match to your needs.

What can I do with my TOEFL iBT profile?
When you register online, you will create a TOEFL iBT profile, including a user name and password. You will be able to return to the site to:
• update your address view your registration at "View Orders"
Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
Yes — you can print your confirmation by choosing "Print and View Your Registration Confirmation" on the page with the heading "Thank You for Your Order." Your test date, start time and test site address are have been made to your registration details (for example, different time or building than originally scheduled). You will also receive an email confirmation.

When do late fees apply?
Registration US$35 is charged for registrations received after this deadline. Late registration closes three days prior to your test date (not including the day of the test).
I missed the deadline for scheduling a test. What should I do?
Select another test date.
I was registering online and my browser froze so I couldn't register. What should I do?
• add a TOEFL Value Pack to your order reschedule or cancel your registration change your score report preference view your scores place orders for additional score reports check the status of previous orders pay an outstanding balance Close your browser and try to log in again. Avoid using the browser's "Back" button when navigating the registration site. When entering information, do not use any accent marks or double-click
If you are still having problems, please call Customer Service. See Contact Us.
• If I can't register online or at a TOEFL iBT Resource Center, can I register by phone?
In call 1-800-529-3590. Outside the United States, see Contact Us.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule?
You can reschedule or cancel your registration up to three full days before your test date, not including the reschedule or cancel by Tuesday. The fee to reschedule is US$60 and must be paid before you can reschedule. If your request is not received at least three full days in advance, your full test fee will be forfeited. Test administrators are not authorized to make schedule changes. To reschedule, you will need to provide your registration number and the full name you used to register.

How can I reschedule?
You can reschedule via your online profile or by calling the appropriate phone number.
In the United States and Canada, call 1-443-751-4862 or 1-800-GO-TOEFL (1-800-468-6335). Outside Note:You cannot reschedule or cancel your registration via email.

Can I get a refund on my test fee?
Yes. If you cancel your registration no later than three full days before your test date (not including the day of the test or the day of your request), you can receive a refund of half your original test fee. Refunds will be in U.S. dollars. Cash refunds are not available.

How can I get a refund on my TOEFL iBT registration voucher?
If you purchased a registration voucher and wish to get a refund:
Before you After you register, follow the regular TOEFL refund procedures found in theTOEFL iBT Registration than three full days before your test date (not including the day of the test or the day of your request) and receive a refund of half the original test fee paid. Refunds will be in U.S. dollars. Cash If you received a free registration voucher from a sponsor, the refund will go to your sponsor.

When do I take the test?
Plan to take the TOEFL test two to three months before your earliest application deadline so your scores arrive at your institutions in time. Find application deadlines by checking each institution's website.

How far in advance do I register?
Register three to four months before the test date.

Where are TOEFL test scores accepted?
More than 8,500 colleges, universities and agencies in 130 countries accept TOEFL test scores. For more

When should I start preparing for the test?
Start preparing for the test at least eight weeks before your test date.

What is the best way to prepare for the TOEFL test?
Practicing your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills as much as possible will help you feel prepared of the TOEFL test, it is the only source for authentic sample questions. For detailed descriptions of test preparation materials available, see test preparation. Watch our new video, TOEFL® Resources: An Overview TOEFL test.

What is included in The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test?
The book provides practice with hundreds of real TOEFL test questions and has a CD-ROM with three full-length, authentic practice tests. The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test (eBook or paper book format)

What is TOEFL® Practice Online?
TOEFL® Practice Online allows you to experience the real test and get immediate scores and feedback. Complete practice tests are available on the TOEFL Practice Online website and can be taken in timed mode to simulate the test setting. You can also purchase specific skills practice for the Speaking section.

Are there any additional FREE TOEFL test resources from ETS?
Other TOEFL® Resources: An Overview for Students (Flash)
TOEFL® TV Channel on YouTube®

What is the Reading section like?
• The Reading section includes three or four reading passages. There are 12 to 14 questions per passage. You have from 60 to 80 minutes to answer all the questions in the section.
TOEFL iBT Reading passages are excerpts from university-level textbooks that would be used in introductions to a discipline or topic. The passages will cover a variety of different subjects. need to answer the questions will be in the passage. See

What is the Listening section like?
The Listening section includes questions about academic lectures and long conversations in which the speech sounds very natural. You can take notes on any listening material throughout the entire test.
The See TOEFL sample questions.

What is the Speaking section like?
The Speaking section is approximately 20 minutes long and includes six questions.
Four to six lectures, each three to five minutes long, six questions per lecture, 60 to 90 minutes
Two to three conversations, each three minutes long, five questions per conversation, 60 to 90 minutes
The first two questions are called "independent Speaking tasks" because they require you to draw entirely on your own ideas, opinions and experiences when you respond.
The other four questions are called "integrated Speaking tasks" because they require you to integrate your English-language skills — listening and speaking or listening, reading and speaking
You will speak into the microphone on your headset and your responses will be recorded and sent to the See TOEFL sample questions and responses.

How are my Speaking responses scored?
Your human raters score them holistically on a scale of 0 to 4. The average score on the six tasks is converted to a scaled score of 0 to 30.
Raters do not expect your responses to be perfect, and even high-scoring responses may contain occasional errors. Your pronunciation does not need to sound like that of a native speaker your ability to accomplish the tasks you are given. See understand how responses are evaluated.

What is the Writing section like?
The total time for the Writing section is 50 minutes. You are asked to write responses to two writing tasks: an integrated Writing task and an independent Writing task.
Get The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test for a list of topics. Go to the ETS store to purchase The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test. You'll type your responses on the computer keyboard and then your responses will be sent to the ETS Scoring Network. See TOEFL sample questions and responses.

How are Writing responses scored?
Integrated Writing task (20 minutes) — read a short passage and listen to a short lecture. Then write in response to what you read and listened to. Independent Task (30 minutes) — write an essay in response to a Writing topic.

Writing responses are scored holistically on a scale of 0 to 5. The average score on the two tasks is converted to a scaled score of 0 to 30.
You're not expected to produce a comprehensive essay about a specialized topic — your response is recognized as a first draft. You can receive a high score with an essay that contains some errors.
See the Writing Scoring Guides (PDF) and read sample responses to help you understand how responses are evaluated.
How long is the test session?
The entire TOEFL iBT test session (including check-in) is approximately four and one-half hours long. The test itself is four hours long. Check-in time is 30 minutes.

What can I take into the test site?
Identification documents are the only personal items allowed in the testing room. You cannot bring cell phones, PDAs, BlackBerry® devices or any other electronic or photographic equipment.

Can I take notes during the test?
Test takers can take notes throughout the entire test. At the end of testing, all notes are collected and destroyed at the test site to ensure test security.

Do I need to wear headphones for the test?
Yes. You will be given noise-canceling headphones with a microphone that you will speak into for the Speaking section of the test.

Which computer keyboard is used?
• The TOEFL iBT test uses a standard English-language (QWERTY) computer keyboard. It takes its name from the first six letters in the third row of the keyboard. If you haven't used this kind of keyboard before, practice on one before test day to become familiar with it.

Can I take only one section of the test?
No. The entire test must be taken at the same time. To receive a score, you must answer at least one question in the Reading section and the Listening section, write at least one essay and complete at least one Speaking task.

What things should I remember to do before test day?
1.Return to your online TOEFL iBT account under "View Orders." 2.Select the recipients of up to four FREE official score reports before 10 p.m. local test site time the day before you test if you did not do so when you registered. Log in to your online profile, click on "View Orders" on your home page and select your recipients from the list provided. Verify your first selected recipient and select a department, if applicable. You can choose to "add another recipient." If you select your institutions after the 10 p.m. deadline, there is a US$17 fee for each score report.
Check your registration confirmation. Note any change in the test site (for example, different time or building than originally scheduled.)Bring your registration number with you to the testing site. You will need it to be admitted. The test cannot be taken without it. Bring valid identification. The test cannot be taken without it. Make travel plans to get to the testing site. Your test registration confirmation will list the street address of the test site. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled start time.

What do I need to bring on test day?
There are only two important things you need to bring with you on test day:
What happens on test day?
Here are a few things to keep in mind on test day:
Watch a short video (Flash) for a preview of what to expect when you go to the TOEFL iBT testing site. See what to expect on test day for more details.

Will I be allowed to go for a break during the test?
An acceptable, valid ID with your name, recent photo and signature. Requirements for a valid ID vary; see identification requirements for more details.
Your registration number.
Arrive at the test site and your test fee will be forfeited. Bring your registration number and valid ID with you. See "What to Bring" above for more details. Without the required documents, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will be forfeited. There is a 10-minute break midway through the test.
The test takes approximately four hours, and you cannot go beyond the time limit. No mobile devices or other personal items are allowed in the testing room. You can use the restroom at any time, but remember that the total length of the test is four hours. The time clock does not stop while you are absent. There is one mandatory 10- minute break for all test takers after the Reading and Listening sections of the test have been completed.
Raise your hand if you need to leave your seat for any reason. If you must leave the room, you must show the administrator your identification document before you leave and when you return. You cannot use your mobile phone during the test or on breaks.

What are TOEFL test scores like?
The TOEFL iBT test provides scores in four skill areas — Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing — and a total score:
The total score is the sum of the four skill scores.

What is on my score report?
Your score report includes scores for each test section, a total score and performance feedback about what test takers typically achieve at your score level.

How and when do I get my scores?
Scores will be posted online approximately 10 days after the test date. Log in to your online TOEFL iBT account, enter the ETS ID received when you registered and click on the "View Scores" link. Your scores are also mailed to the universities or institutions you selected. A score report posting schedule for each test administration is available on the TOEFL iBT website. Allow 7–10 days for mail delivery to three months before your earliest application deadline.

How soon do score recipients get my scores?
Score reports are sent electronically or mailed to recipients approximately 13 days after the test date.

How long are scores valid?
ETS reports scores for two years after the test date.

How many score reports are included in my test fee?
Your test fee includes:
Reading 0–30
Listening 0–30
Speaking 0–30
Writing 0–30
Total Score 0–120
One score report for you (electronic only unless you requested a paper copy) Up to four official score reports that ETS will send directly to the institutions or agencies you selectedv Can I order additional official score reports?
Yes, you can order additional score reports after your scores are available online, approximately 10 days after the test date.

How do I order additional score reports?
You can order additional score reports as soon as your test scores are available, approximately 10 days after test day. You can send your scores to as many institutions as you choose for a fee of US$17 per report. Scores are mailed approximately four to seven days after receipt of your request and payment.

Order Online
Order by Fax: Fill out the TOEFL iBT® Official Score Report Request Form (PDF). Fax it with your registration number and credit/debit card information to 1-610-290-8972. If you send the same fax more than once, write "DUPLICATE" in large letters on the form to avoid extra charges to your credit/ debit card.
Order by Mail:
it with your payment as directed on the form.

Will score recipients accept scores from previous tests?
Check with each score recipient directly.

Where are TOEFL test scores accepted?
More can even use your TOEFL scores to satisfy visa requirements in Australia and the United Kingdom. To learn more, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.

Does the TOEFL test have cumulative score reporting like the GRE test does?
No. TOEFL score reports include scores for only the last test taken.
I received a Lexile® measure with my score report. What does it mean?
Your Lexile® measure allows you to find books that reflect your reading ability and interests, and are challenging enough to help strengthen your reading skills. MetaMetrics® and ETS offer this free service to take the guesswork out of choosing the right materials for you to read. Go to for more information.

Can I cancel my scores?
You scores for individual sections of the test.

Can I reinstate my canceled scores?
Yes, you can reinstate your scores if your request is received at ETS within 10 days of your test date, for a fee of US$20. Your reinstatement request must include your name, date of birth, daytime phone number, registration number and payment. Fax or mail a written request to TOEFL Services. (See Contact Information.) Reinstated scores will be reported online approximately three weeks after receipt of your payment and will then be mailed to you and your score recipients.

Can I request a rescore of my Speaking and/or Writing responses?
Yes, you can request a rescore up to three months after your test date. You can make the request for rescoring the Speaking and Writing sections (US$120). Complete the Rescoring Request Form (PDF) and send it along with the required fee to the address on the form. If you are paying by credit/debit card, you can fax the form. The results will be available approximately three weeks after your payment is received.

Who do I contact if there is a problem with my score report?
Email or call ETS at 1-609-771-7100 (outside the United States and Canada) or 1- 877-863-3546 (United States and Canada), Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Eastern Time. Phones are busiest on Monday.

What if my test is rescheduled or if there is a problem at the test site?
If your test administration is canceled before you test, or your test cannot be scored or your scores are canceledthe rescheduling fee. If can reschedule your test at no charge or receive a full refund of your test fee.
If you take the test and your scores are canceled by ETS, ETS will determine, at its sole discretion, whether or not you are eligible to re-test at no charge or to receive a refund. If ETS cancels a test administration or cancels scores after you test, and you have incurred travel costs to get to the test center, you may be eligible for a refund of reasonable and documented travel expenses for yourself only within 30 days of your original test date. Refunds are in U.S. dollars. For more information on reimbursement, see Testing Policies.

If I experience technical problems at the testing site, can I ask that my test be rescheduled?
In rare instances, technical problems may require late starts and/or rescheduling of the test. If such an event that your scores could not be reported, you can choose to retest for free or receive a full refund of the original test fee.

What if I observe questionable or unacceptable behavior at the testing site?
Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any observed behavior that may lead to an invalid score — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access is held in strictest confidence.
Phone: 1-800-353-8570 (United States and Canada) or 1-609-406-5430 (all other countries)

Does ETS ever cancel score reports?
Yes, ETS cancels score reports for administrative errors (for example, improper timing, improper seating, defective materials and defective equipment), natural disasters or other emergencies, improper access to test content, identification discrepancies, misconduct, plagiarism and inconsistent performance across different parts of the test.