TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language)
What is TOEFL?
The TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is an English exam designed to determine whether or not you are prepared to study or work in an English-speaking education system. Anglophone higher education institutions worldwide such as Bachelor Degree, Master or PhD have the TOEFL as an access requirement.
The TOEFL is currently available in two formats: computer, or in writing. By TOEFL paper-it is considered as a subsidiary, and can only be performed each year in a few specific dates in regions where the possibility of access to tests in computer support is limited.
What countries accept TOEFL?
The TOEFL test is the preferred English language test in the USA and Canada, and also has wide recognition around the world, including Australia, UK and Ireland (although the institutions of these countries usually also accept IELTS results)
Who is in charge of the TOEFL?
The TOEFL is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS), a nonprofit private USA company that also manages many other tests such as the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).
TOEFL: Computer based or writing?
The Computer based TOEFL is currently the standard format of the TOEFL. In Spain, the computer test can be performed continuously in assessment centres in Barcelona, Madrid and Pamplona.
The TOEFL writing is an alternative way that can only be done in a few specific dates each year, in regions where the possibility of access to computer tests is limited. In Spain, written tests are held in Las Palmas, Mallorca, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Valencia.
How is the test?
The TOEFL evaluates all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and has an approximate duration of four and a half hours.
During the test, there are tasks that evaluate more than one skill, such as:
Read, listen and then speak in response to a question.
Listen and then speak in response to a question.
Read, listen and then write in response to a question.
The TOEFL is scored on a total of 120 points. Each of the language skills is marked over 30 points, and the total score is calculated by adding the results of the four parts of the exam.