TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

What is the TOEFL?

The TOEFL, (Test Of English as a Foreign Language), is an English test designed to determine whether or not you are prepared to study or practice in an English-speaking educational system. English-speaking institutions of higher education around the world require the TOEFL as a prerequisite for admission to higher education programs such as Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degrees.

The TOEFL is currently available in two formats: computer-based and written. The paper-based TOEFL is considered a subsidiary, and can only be taken, each year, on a few specific dates in those regions where the possibility of access to computer-based exams is limited.

In which countries is the TOEFL accepted?

The TOEFL is the preferred English language test in the USA and Canada, and is also widely recognised around the world, including Australia, the UK and Ireland (although institutions in these countries usually accept IELTS results as well)

Who’s in charge of the TOEFL?

The TOEFL is managed by Educational Testing Services (ETS), a private, non-profit American company, which also manages many other tests, such as the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), and the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

The TOEFL: computer-based or paper-based?

The Computer-based TOEFL is currently the standard format for the TOEFL. In Spain, the computer-based test can be taken permanently in the assessment centers of Barcelona, Madrid and Pamplona.

  • The written TOEFL is an alternative form that can only be taken on a few specific dates each year in regions where access to computer-based testing is limited. In Spain, the written tests are held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Valencia.What does the exam consist of?

    The TOEFL tests all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and lasts approximately four and a half hours.

    During the exam, tasks are performed that cover more than one skill, such as

    Reading, listening and then speaking in response to a question

    Listening and then talking in response to a question

    Reading, listening and then writing in response to a question

    The TOEFL is scored out of a total of 120 points. Each language skill is assessed on 30 points, and the total score is calculated by adding up the results of the four parts of the test.


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