• The ambition of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is to evaluate the English proficiency of people whose real language is not English.
  • The test was initially developed to measure the English proficiency of international students wanting to study at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and this continues to be its primary function.
  • A number of education institutions in other countries, as well as certain independent organizations, agencies, and foreign government, have also found the test scores helpful.
  • The TOEFL test is recommended for students at the eleventh-grade level or above.
  • TOEFL IBT measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and takes approximately four and half hours. It is given on computer 30-40 times a year at test centers throughout the world.
  • Internet-based testing makes it possible to score test-taker speech in the most efficient, standardized, and objective manner. Internet-based testing will make it possible to greatly increase the number of test centers, which is good for test takers.
  • Conversations in the Listening section are longer, but note-taking is allowed. In fact, note-taking is allowed throughout the whole test.
  • The speech in the listening material sounds more usual, and one lecture may use a British or Australian pronunciation. Also, there are new questions that measure understanding of a speaker's attitude, purpose and degree of certainty.
  • It tests all four language skills that are required for effective communication: Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading.
  • It will be delivered via the Internet in secure test centers around the world. Some tasks require test takers to combine more than one skill.