TOEFL:Exam Dates,Registration,Eligibility, Exam Pattern

TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is a globally recognized test conducted by US based, Educational Testing Service (ETS). This test assesses language ability and fluency of English. Non-native English test takers who want to attend foreign universities take TOEFL. Other than academic purpose, one also takes this exam for immigration and employment opportunities. 

Mostly language usage in an academic setting has been tested by TOEFL. Test takers find high level language with a wide range of vocabulary in most of the reading passages of TOEFL. In more than 130 countries TOEFL scores are accepted. TOEFL consists of two patterns-TOEFL ibt and TOEFL Paper Delivered

Reasons of taking TOEFL

Test takers who look forward to attending universities in English speaking countries need TOEFL score for admission requirements. Few reasons of taking TOEFL as exam include 

  • Globally recognized testing center like ETS validates English proficiency of a test taker in TOEFL 
  • From surveyed data it is noticed that most of TOEFL test takers get assured admission to preferred universities as per choice 
  • Top universities in US, Canada, UK, Australia accept TOEFL score as the validated one 
  • 9000 universities accept TOEFL score 
  • Test takers take only 1 day to complete all sections of the entire exam 
  • TOEFL is no longer a requirement for healthcare professionals who dream to practice in UK

TOEFL 2020 Highlights

Test takers must know few details about TOEFL before appearing for exam 

Exam NameTest of English as a Foreign Language
Short FormTOEFL
Official Websiteets.org/toefl
Level of ExamInternational
Conducting BodyEducational Testing Service (ETS)
Exam PatternInternet Based (ibt) and Paper Based (pbt)
Exam DurationAround 3 ½ hours
TOEFL ibt fee$160-$250 (INR 11,468-INR 17,919)
TOEFL pbt fee$180 (INR 12,901)
Sections of TOEFLListening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
Score Range0-30 (for each section)
TOEFL Test Centers4500 across the world
TOEFL Helpline Number1-609-771-7100 | 1-877-863-3546

TOEFL 2020: Registration

Test takers can register for TOEFL either online or offline or via TOEFL official app available on play store. Application process for the exam is open all throughout the year. 

TOEFL 2020 Online Registration

Few steps for registration are as follows 

  • Visit the official website of TOEFL ie. ets.org/toefl
  • If you are a new user then you have to create an ETS account (if you are an existing user then you just have to enter your user id and password) 
  • After signing in, click register to find out test centers as per preferred location 
  • Choose test dates within 2month period and then click find test centers and dates 
  • Then choose dates and test centers as per availability 
  • Then click show test centers and register for that location 
  • Click register 
  • You will be directed to next page asking for personal information (including any disabilities if there) 
  • At last review entire page and check acknowledgement box at the end
  • On the next page, candidate has to enter personal id details 
  • Next page you will be show personal information already entered during creating ETS account 
  • On next page you will be asked “Free Score Recipients” where candidate can add up to 4 score institutions where score will be sent as a part of test fee
  • Then choose own preference of receiving score report 
  • At last check out TOEFL cart and choose PAY NOW 
  • Pay via credit card 

TOEFL 2020 Offline Registration

Test taker has to send TOEFL registration form via mail to the registered address. 

  • Candidate firstly has to download TOEFL registration form 
  • Candidates have to fill up certain codes(available online) required to fill up the registration form manually 
  • One can initiate payment from the options mentioned in the form 
  • After filling up the form, candidate has to send the form to RRC(Regional Registered Centers) 
  • Mail should be received by them at least a month before the test date 
  • If the candidate does not receive a confirmation, then h/she must call RRC at least three days before the deadline of registration 

TOEFL 2020 Registration via Phone App

  • Visit official website of TOEFL to find out contact number of RRC (+91-124-4147700) near preferred location 
  • Candidate can pay registration fee via credit card or debit card or an e-check 
  • Fill up with personal details 
  • Online registration via phone will end a week before the exam date 
  • If the candidate registers lately then a fine of $40 will be charged 

TOEFL 2020: Eligibility Criteria

  • ETS, conducting body of TOEFL does not keep any eligibility criteria for test takers 
  • Mostly candidates have to pass 10+2 level of education from any recognized institutions 
  • Candidates must have valid passports to produce as proof of identity 

There are few institutions reveal there is no requirement of TOEFL score if the applicant has to follow these points 

  • If non-native speakers hold any degree or diploma certificates from institutions located in English speaking countries 
  • If non-native speakers have completed two years course of education from any institution located in English speaking countries 

TOEFL 2020: Exam Dates

Test takers must register online for TOEFL. Every year, candidates get a minimum of 50 dates to take this exam. One has to appear for an exam at registered test centers as mentioned above. While registration, candidates have to find out available dates as per preference. Only exam dates till July is given below 

February 15, 2020
February 28, 2020
February 29, 2020
March 7, 2020
March 14, 2020
March 15, 2020
March 20, 2020
March 28, 2020
April 3, 2020
April 4, 2020
April 11, 2020
April 18, 2020
April 25, 2020
April 26, 2020
May 1, 2020
May 2, 2020
May 10, 2020
May 16, 2020
May 24, 2020
May 30, 2020
June 13, 2020
June 20, 2020
June 27, 2020
July 4, 2020
July 11, 2020
July 18, 2020
July 25, 2020

TOEFL 2020: Exam Pattern

Test takers can appear for TOEFL on both internet based and paper based. This exam measures language proficiency of the candidate. Candidates are being assessed on basis of language skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and speaking sections. Exam Pattern for TOEFL ibt 2020 is explained widely below

  • Reading section in TOEFL consists of 3-4 passages mostly on academic topics 
  • Listening section consists of short audio pieces which will be played once to answer questions
  • For writing section, candidates have to read certain topics and write opinionated essay on it 
  • Candidates should attempt all questions as there is no negative marking for TOEFL exam 

TOEFL 2020 Paper delivery test pattern

Test takers who reside in those regions without connectivity can appear for TOEFL 2020 Paper delivery test pattern. Sections in TOEFL 2020 Paper delivery test pattern has been described widely below

TOEFL: Listening

  • It consists of 3 parts 
  • Total time duration for this section is 30-40 minutes 
  • 1st part consists of 30 questions about short conversations 
  • 2nd part consists of 8 questions about longer conversations 
  • 3rd part consists of 12 questions about talks and lectures 

TOEFL: Reading 

  • It consists of 50 questions 
  • Total time allotment for this section is 55 minutes 
  • Mostly candidates have to read varying number of passages 

TOEFL: Writing 

  • It consists of a long essay of 250-300 word length 
  • 2 tasks have to be completed in this section 
  • Candidates have to write opinionated essay for this section to explain own analytical skills 
  • Total time allotment for this section is 50 minutes 

TOEFL: Speaking 

  • In this section, candidates have to speak for 17 minutes 
  • 4 tasks have to be answered on basis of questions in reading and listening sections