Introduction to TOEFL

TOEFL is one of the most popular English proficiency exams accepted at American and Canadian universities and schools abroad. TOEFL tests the international students’ usage and understanding of English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university surroundings. The Educational Testing Services (ETS) is the conducting body of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and is responsible for setting the TOEFL questions, conducting the test, and sending each examinee their scorecard.

This exam comprises of four sections Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Overall, the performance of the candidates is monitored on the score of 120.


  • More than 10,000 colleges, universities, and institutions in over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Candidates can appear for this exam frequently.
  • One of the most popular language proficiency test around the world.
  • TOEFL score is valid for two years.

The TOEFL test is administered online and is conducted on more than 50 dates per year at authorized test centers in India. To find available test centers and dates, you will have to create a TOEFL account. When you click “Register for a Test”, you will be able to see the available dates and test centers.
You don’t have to register for TOEFL to see available centers and dates, you only need to log into your account. Since you can choose whichever date convenient for you, you can plan your test preparation for TOEFL accordingly. Be sure of when to start preparing.

You will also get an option to choose the timings of the TOEFL exam. You can choose a morning slot or the evening slot.

TOEFL  Test Pattern






60-80 min

36-56 Questions

Reading 3 or 4 passages from the academic texts and answering questions on them.


60-90 min

34-51 Questions

Listening to lectures, conversations, classroom discussions and then answering the questions based on it.


10 min


20 min

6 tasks

to express opinion on a familiar topic


50 min

2 tasks

to write responses based on reading and listening along with supporting the opinion

TOEFL Scores
For understanding the TOEFL exam score, candidates need to understand how each section is scored. After 10 days of giving the exam, candidates receive an email from ETS when their scores are available. One can check the TOEFL scores online. Candidates receive the printed reports of their scores through email after 13 days of the TOEFL test date.
The four section scores of the TOEFL exam are divided as follow:

Section Score Range Mean Scores*
Reading  0-30 20
Listening 0-30 19
Speaking 0-30 19
Writing 0-30 20
Total Score 0-120 80

An average TOEFL score is around 90. It may vary from 85 to 95. Anything above 100 is considered a good TOEFL score.

TOEFL score validity – TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the examination.

Division of TOEFL scores
Section Score Range Level
Reading 0-30 Low (0-14)
Intermediate (15-21)
High (22-30)
Listening 0-30 Low (0-14)
Intermediate (15-21)
High (22-30)
Speaking 0-4 points converted into 0-30 score scale Weak (0-9)
Limited (10-17)
Fair (18-25)
Good (26-30)
Writing 0-5 points converted into 0-30 score scale Limited (1-16)
Fair (17-23)
Good (24-30)
Total Score  0-120  

TOEFL Results
Viewing your TOEFL scores has never been easier. Around 10 days after your test date, you will receive an e-mail informing you when your score result will be available. Since the TOEFL test is administered through the Internet, you will be able to view your result online.
Good Luck