You can obtain the Tofel certificate through a website
or through the University of Berkshire
The TOEFL® exam
Test Of English as Foreign Language.
The essential exam for entry to universities in the United States. Academic language.
Who is it for?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. Most people who take the TOEFL test are planning to study at colleges and universities where instruction is in English. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.
Versions of the TOEFL® test
You can do the test on paper or on a computer, depending where you live.The test comes in two formats:
The iBT is not yet available at every test center. If it is available at your local center then you will have to do it. If not you will do the PBT.
There is also an exam for younger students called TOEFL Junior®.
Where do I take the test?
At a test center in your country. The test is organised by the Educational Testing Service. You can register for the TOEFL iBT® online.
Click here to register
Academic Reading Skills
The Reading section measures test takers’ ability to understand university-level academic texts and passages. In English-speaking academic environments students are expected to read and understand information from textbooks and other types of academic material. Below are three possible purposes for academic reading.
Reading purposes include
- Reading to find information
- Basic comprehension
- Reading to learn
Reading Section Format
The TOEFL iBT test includes three basic categories of academic texts.
- Historical biographical/event narrative
Test takers do not need any special background knowledge to correctly answer the questions in the Reading section; all the information needed to answer the questions is contained in the passages.
Test takers must read through or scroll to the end of each passage before receiving questions on that passage.
|Length of passage||Number of passages and questions||Timing|
|Approximately 700 words||3-5 passages
12-14 questions per passage
Academic Listening Skills
The Listening section measures test takers’ ability to understand spoken English from North America and other English-speaking countries. In academic environments students need to listen to lectures and conversations. Below are three possible purposes for academic listening.
Listening purposes include
- Listening for basic comprehension
- Listening for pragmatic understanding
- Connecting and synthesizing information
Listening Section Format
Listening materials in the new test include academic lectures and long conversations in which the speech sounds very natural. Test takers can take notes on any listening material throughout the entire test.
|Listening Material||Number of questions||Timing|
|4–6 lectures, 3–5 minutes long each
About 500 words
|6 questions per lecture||60-90 minutes|
|2–3 conversations, about 3 minutes long, about 12–25 exchanges||5 questions per conversation|
TOEFL iBT® Speaking Section
Academic Speaking Skills
The TOEFL speaking section takes 20 minutes to complete and contains 6 sections. It is done on a computer. Your answers are recorded and sent to ETS for marking.
The TOEFL speaking tests contain academic situations set both inside and outside the classroom
In classrooms, there are situations where you must:
- respond to questions
- contribute to class discussions
- read or listen to something and then summarize it
- give your opinion of topics under discussion
In situations outside the classroom, you need to:
- take part in conversations with administrative staff, such as at the library
- take part in casual conversations with other students
- give your opinion about something
Description of the speaking tasks
- Personal Preference - Preparation time: 15 seconds Response time: 45 seconds
This question will ask you to speak about a person, place, object or event that is familiar to you.
- Choice - Preparation time: 15 seconds Response time: 45 seconds
You will be presented with two situations or opinions. You'll be asked which you prefer and you need to explain your choice.
3. Campus Situation Topic: Fit and Explain. Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds
- A reading passage (75–100 words) presents a campus-related issue.
- A listening passage (60–80 seconds, 150–180 words) comments on the issue in the reading passage.
- The question asks the test taker to summarize the speaker’s opinion within the context of the reading passage.
4. Academic Course Topic: General/ Specific. Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds
A reading passage (75–100 words) broadly defines a term, process, or idea from an academic subject.
An excerpt from a lecture (60–90 seconds; 150–220 words) provides examples and specific information to illustrate the term, process, or idea from the reading passage.
The question asks the test taker to combine and convey important information from the reading passage and the lecture excerpt.
5. Campus Situation Topic: Problem/ Solution. Preparation time: 20 seconds Response time: 60 seconds
- The listening passage (60–90 seconds; 180–220 words) is a conversation about a student-related problem and two possible solutions.
- The question asks the test taker to demonstrate an understanding of the problem and to express an opinion about solving the problem.
6. Academic Course Topic: Summary. Preparation time: 20 seconds Response time: 60 seconds
- The listening passage is an excerpt from a lecture (90–120 seconds; 230–280 words) that explains a term or concept and gives concrete examples to illustrate that term or concept.
- The question asks the test taker to summarize the lecture and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the examples and the overall topic.
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