|Late Registration||USD 25|
|Reinstatement of cancelled TOEFL IBT scores||USD 20|
|Additional score reports||USD 17 each|
|TOEFL IBT speaking or writing rescore||USD 60|
|TOEFL IBT speaking and writing rescore||USD 120|
|Returned personal check||USD 20|
|Test Section||Description||Approx. Time|
|Internet Based Test||Paper Delivered Test|
|Reading||3 to 5 Passages with 12 to 14 questions||60 to 80 minutes||55 minutes|
|Listening||6 to 9 Passages with 5 to 6 questions||60 to 90 minutes||30 to 40 minutes|
|Speaking||2 independent and 4 integrated tasks||20 minutes||25 minutes|
|Writing||1 independent and 1 integrated task||50 minutes||30 minutes|
The reading test of the IBT consists of 3 to 5 passages, each containing around 12 to 14 questions, and spans a duration of 60 to 80 minutes. The word length of each of these passages is roughly around 700 words, and are based on academic topics. Through this test, a student is examined for ideas, details, inferences, vocabulary, sentence formation, etc.
The listening test consists of 6 to 9 passages, each of approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Generally, these passages include two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussion-based passages. Candidates can only hear the passage once and are not allowed to repeat it.
In the sub-section where student conversations are given, there are five questions asked corresponding to each passage. In the case of lectures, six questions are asked per passage. The students are even allowed to jot down notes while they are listening so that questions can be answered with ease. The ultimate aim of conducting this test is to analyze the ability of the student to understand ideas, details, relations between different ideas, structuring of information, etc.
Post the completion of this test, which lasts for 60 to 90 minutes, the students are given a 10-minute interval to refresh their minds and to mentally prepare themselves for the upcoming speaking and writing tests.
This section comprises of six different tasks, out of which two are independent and four tasks are connected with each other. Under the independent tasks, the candidate will be judged on the ability to speak spontaneously and convey ideas with clarity.
In the first two of the integrated tasks, the students go through a short passage, listen to academic lectures, and then answer questions by combining information from both these activities. In the other two tasks, the students are given a passage to listen to, based on which they are asked questions as to what they heard. This entire process takes about 20 minutes, and the responses given by students are digitally recorded and evaluated by a group of around 3 to 6 examiners.
The writing section includes two different tasks, out of which one is independent and the other is an integrated task. Under the integrated task, the candidate will be asked to read a passage based on any of the academic topics and then listen to a person discuss the same. Based on what is understood, the candidates are asked to write down points and justify how their understanding relates to the information given in the passage.
Under the independent task, the candidate is asked to write an essay stating his/her perspective, and elaborate on it. This test spans a duration of 50 minutes and all the responses are recorded and evaluated by three raters.
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The scores that candidates receive will be scaled section scores on a scale of 0-30 for each section. It is mandatory to write at least 1 question in each section to be eligible to receive an official test report. After clubbing the score of all these tests, the final score is obtained, based on which the student’s result is declared. Usually, a score of 60 or above is considered as good.
The test score is valid for 2 years. Candidates are allowed to take the test any number of times with the restriction of having a gap of 12 days between consecutive attempts.
Exam Registration Fee: $ 195 USD for the United States. Varies for other countries
Exam Developed/Administered By: ETS (Educational Testing Service)
Exam Level: International
Exam Language: English
Exam Purpose: Admissions to various programs with English as a mode of communication
Exam Type: Internet-based test(IBT) and Paper Delivered Test (for countries not having IBT facilities)
Number of Sections in the Exam: 4 – Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing
Exam Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 20 minutes, excluding the 10-minute interval
Exam Score Validity: 2 Years
A number of Allowable Attempts: No limit. A minimum gap of 12 days between consecutive attempts
Exam Centres: About 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. (Paper-based test offered only in areas where computer-based testing is not available.)
Exam Eligibility Criteria: No pre-defined Criteria/No Prerequisite. Intended for non-native English speakers who aspire to join courses with English as a mode of communication
Exam Score Acceptance: In more than 10,000 institutions across 130+ countries