TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

Who takes the TOEFL test?

Students who wish to study both undergraduate and post graduate studies in the USA, and Canada generally take the TOEFL test. TOEFL is accepted by all Universities in the UK and specific Institutions in countries like Singapore

Coaching and training for TOEFL is available at Ninefold Consultancy. To register, contact +91 7568605443

TOEFL is administered by: ETS (Educational Testing Service)


Validity of TOEFL Score: The score is valid for 2 years

Fee for TOEFL: $165

TOEFL Score Reporting: The score is sent to 4 universities by ETS free of cost at the time of exam. ETS charges additionally for scores sent to universities later.

TOEFL Registration: Registration for TOEFL test can be done by phone, fax, person at resource centers or mail


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Forms are available at USEFI (US Education Foundation in India) or they can be downloaded from the website

Requirements for Phone / Fax Registration:

Name as in the Passport, Address, Credit Card Number, Name of the Cardholder, Expiry date of the card. (The card has to be an International Card)


Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Anand, Bangalore, Belgaum, Bendoorwell, Bhimavaram, Bhopal, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Ernakulam, Gandhinagar, Greater Noida, Guntur, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Karimnagar, Kolkata, Kottayam, Kurnool, Kurukshetra, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Medak, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, New Delhi, Nizamabad, Noida, Panjim, Patna, Pondicherry, Pune, Ranchi, Secunderabad, Srinagar, Surat, Thane, Thissur, Tirunelvelli, Tirupathi, Trichy, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam and Warangal

Confirmation of TOEFL test:

A registration no. is given as terms of confirmation

Rescheduling TOEFL test date:

An intimation is to be given to the ETS 3 days prior to the examination date. The necessary rescheduling fee has to be paid

Cancellation of TOEFL test date:

An intimation is to be given to the ETS 3 days prior to the examination date. A cancellation fee is applicable

TOEFL Mode of examination:

The TOEFL test is Internet Based Test (iBT) in India

Number of TOEFL tests:

You can take the test as many times as you want, however there has to be a gap of 7 days. You may take the TOEFL iBT test only once in any seven-day period, even if you took the test and cancelled your scores. If you test more than once in a seven-day period, your new scores will not be reported and your test fee will not be refunded

TOEFL Scores:

Total score is out of 120 (internet based test). If the test is taken more than once, all the TOEFL scores and the dates are sent to the universities. TOEFL scores can be cancelled before coming out of the test.

Format of TOEFL test
Section Questions Testing Time Score Scale
Reading 36-70 questions 60-100 minutes 0-30
Listening 34-51 questions 60-90 minutes 0-30
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks 20 minutes 0-4 points converted to
0-30 score scale
Writing 2 tasks 50 minutes 0-5 points converted to
0-30 score scale
Total 0-120 Approx

Reading section in TOEFL test:

This section is very similar to the RC section in GRE, with the only difference being that this one is VERY simple. There can be two formats in Reading: Short format or Long format.

Short format consists of 3 passages each approximately 700 words in length and with 12-14 questions and overall time is 60 minutes. The passages are on academic topics -Long format is 100 minutes duration and has 5 passages each approximately 700 words in length and with 12-14 questions. Of the 5 passages only 3 will be evaluated to get your score, the other 2 are experimental and do not matter at all. However, you have no idea which ones will matter and which ones won’t, so you have to give your best in all.

Listening section in TOEFL test:

This is a new section for most of the students and it tests the student’s listening skills. In this section you have to listen to entire conversations (A conversation involves two speakers, a student and either a professor or a campus service provider) or lectures at one go (which can be very boring). Again there can be two formats: Short or Long

-Short format consists of two conversations and four lectures each having 5-6 questions. Overall duration is 25-30 minutes.

-Long format consists of three conversations and six lectures each having 5-6 questions, of which two conversations and four lectures only will contribute to your score. The remaining are redundant but again you are kept in the dark about this, so give your best in all. Overall duration is 100 minutes.

NOTE: If you get Short format in Reading, you will get Long format in Listening or the other way round.

Speaking section in TOEFL test:

Speaking sections tests the ability to communicate in English in an academic setting. It has six tasks. Tasks 1 & 2 will prompt you to speak on some familiar topic like a personal experience. You are given 10-15 seconds to think and another 30 seconds to speak on each of the questions. Tasks 3 & 4 require you to read a paragraph, followed by listening to a short conversation and then respond to a question about what you read and heard. In the next two questions you have to listen to an audio clip, remember the important points in it and then answer the questions based on it in 45-60 seconds. Overall duration of this section is 20 minutes.

Writing section in TOEFL test:

Although this is quite a different section, it should be comfortable section for those who have already appeared for GRE. You are required to write two essays: Integrated Essay and Independent Essay

Integrated Essay: You have to read on an academic topic for two minutes and listen to a speaker discuss the same topic for the next few minutes. You get 20 minutes to plan, write an revise an essay of around 150-225 words based on what you read and listened. The earlier paragraph is also made available to you while you write. However, the audio clip is available only once.

Independent Essay: In the independent task, you must write an essay that states, explains, and supports your opinion on an issue, supporting your opinions or choices, rather than simply listing personal preferences or choices. You are given 30 minutes for writing this in about 300-350 words.

Super useful information about TOEFL:

Ideal score in TOEFL: TOEFL score of 100 and above should be targeted. Generally, we recommend scoring a 102 in TOEFL iBT. The minimum you must score in TOEFL is 79, failing which you must appear for the test again

Is sending the score compulsory while making applications to Universities?: No. It is nice to have a TOEFL score before hand if you have planned your applications. However, you can finish with your applications to Universities and then report your TOEFL score online. Many Universities across Europe and Asia can even issue conditional admissions offer based on the condition of achieving a relevant TOEFL score

Cost of TOEFL score reporting: USD 17 will be charged for reporting TOEFL score to each Institution

When do you receive your score?: TOEFL score is generally available in 2 weeks from the TOEFL test date

Is TOEFL necessary if you are appearing for GRE or GMAT which includes English?

Yes. TOEFL is a standalone requirement to test your English language proficiency and the English of GRE and GMAT cannot replace taking the TOEFL test. Universities abroad will require a TOEFL score if they have advised taking one on their admissions requirement section

How long does it take to prepare for TOEFL test?

Some students take 5 days to prepare for TOEFL test while some may take even 30 days. We recommend preparing for at least 2 weeks for your TOEFL test

Coaching and training for TOEFL is available at Ninefold Consultancy. To register, contact +91 7568605443

Quick facts on coaching:

  • Small student batches
  • Flexible timings – you can select during the week, in the weekends, in the evenings
  • Coaching can run from two weeks to 1 month (generally twice or thrice a week)
  • Additional hours are provided for students who cannot cope with the learning
  • Study material is provided
  • Free help with TOEFL registration is provided
  • Fast track coaching is available where you can be prepared for the test within 10 days