What is TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language)?

The TOEFL® test (TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE™) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.

It is an internationally accepted standard of academic English proficiency, and a TOEFL score is required as an admissions criterion by more than 6000 colleges and universities worldwide.

The TOEFL score is used by: admissions offices, deans and similar decision makers, directors of scholarship agencies, administrators of certification or government agencies, individuals who plan to study in an English-medium college or university

Types of TOEFL tests

1. TOEFL® iBT (Internet-Based Testing): an Internet-based version of the TOEFL test that incorporates an integrated-skills approach to simulate real-life academic situations. It measures all 4 language skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking).

Online registration and online test results are available making the whole procedure much easier. The test consists of four sections: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. It takes 4.5 hours and can be completed in one day that is very convenient for the applicants.

2.TOEFL® PBT (Paper-Based Testing): a paper-based version of the TOEFL test, it measures listening, reading and writing competencies of the candidate and consists of four parts: Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression and Test of Written English.

The first part helps to evaluate your listening skills on the basis of mini-dialogues, a longer dialogue and a short monologue (North-American variant).

Part 2 measures your ability to understand the text and your grammar level.

Part 3 evaluates your reading skills, i.e. how you can understand short texts that are close to academic ones in style and content. This section also provides the idea of your knowledge of the word meaning depending on the paragraph content.

The first three parts are based on the multiple-choice type of testing: you are offered the variants to choose the correct one.

The forth part (Test of Written English) means that you have to write a short essay on the topic provided where you need to agree or disagree with some statement providing certain arguments in favor of your ideas.

3. TOEFL® ITP (Institutional Testing Programme): a mock-test / measurement of progress test for use within classrooms; derived from the paper-based TOEFL test to measure the language skills for the students that would like to continue their education and for whom English is not their native language.

Unlike TOEFL IBT, Institutional TOEFL is used for the internal purposes only: they are so-called Institutional tests and their results are recognized by the schools and universities holding this test and cannot be used to apply to any other university.

4.TOEFL® Practice Online: An online practice test to help practice English language skills, and prepare for the TOEFL iBT; the official TOEFL iBT practice test

To access information on the TOEFL test specific to your country, register for a test session, or buy preparation material, please select your country from the given list on the site: TOEFL or look for TOEFL centres in the Netherlands.

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