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What is the TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language popularly known as the TOEFL is a standardized English proficiency test that assesses a student's English Language skills, pertaining to areas that include, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

This study abroad test is accepted by all institutions in the USA and by some >institutions in the UK and Canada as well.

Offered 30-40 times a year, it is given by those students who are desirous of undertaking further studies at the undergraduate or graduate levels. This is done to showcase English proficiency when they seek to attain an education abroad.

TOEFL Preparation


TOEFL is scored out 120 and a score of 100+ is considered good. Each section of the exam is graded on a scale of 0-30 on a 1 point increment. The Composite score is in addition to all the scores in the exam.

Test Format

The TOEFL has 4 sections, namely the Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing sections.

Reading: This section tests the students ability to read as well as comprehend passages whilst at the same time answer questions pertaining to them. This section comprises of 3-4 passages with each passage having 10 questions. This section approximately lasts for 54-72 minutes.

Listening: The basic purpose of this section is to assess the students ability to comprehend spoken English. This is important because whilst attaining an education abroad, students will have to interact in an academic environment and the ability to listen becomes important. The section comprises of 3-4 lectures with 6 questions in each. It also comprises of 2-3 conversations that have 5 questions in total. The overall duration of the test is 41-57 minutes.

Speaking: Overseas education requires its candidates to smoothly converse in English. The section comprises of 4 question prompts that includes 1 independent question and 3 integrated questions. Students are given a few seconds to think, and the time allotted to speak keeps altering as per the question format. Per question, the student gets an approximate 45 seconds to 1 minute. This section of the test lasts for 17 mins.

Writing: Undoubtedly, this section tests student's ability to express themselves through a written text. It comprises of 2 tasks, namely Integrated Writing and Independent Essay. In the Integrated Writing section, students are required to read a passage, listen to a lecture and create a technical essay based on the passage and the lecture. The time allotted for this section is 20 minutes. In the Independent Essay section, students are given a general topic and within 30 minutes they have to write a general essay.

Miscellaneous Details

The score of this exam is valid for a period of 2 years and the score reporting time is approximately 10 calendar days. An internet based test, the administration frequency is 3-4 times a month.

Advantages of giving the TOEFL

Speaks about your English Language skills : Giving the TOEFL exam, speaks about your English language skills and shows the university of application that they can trust your proficiency in the English language.

Widely acceptable : A large number of institutions around the world accept IELTS as an English proficiency test. Not restricted to a specific country, globally universities accept the scores given by the said test.

Convenient : With a large number of test centers located globally, students can be rest assured that they will gain access to test dates according to their convenience

Preparation Material : Comprehensive preparation material is made available to students who are seeking overseas education.

Fair : The test is known globally for its unbiased nature and is comprehensively assessed by experts. .

Tips to ace the TOEFL

Familiarize yourself with the test : It is important that you familiarize yourself with the test format. If you're aware as to how the test works, you will be at ease while giving the test. Considering the test conditions will make you jittery anyways, being well-versed with the exam will allow you to undertake the test with confidence.

Set a target score: It would be ideal to select a program of application. Go through the entry requirements to understand what score is needed. This will allow you to work towards the test with an aim in mind and give you clarity.

Preparation Time: Give yourself ample time to prepare, it is generally said that three to six months of study time is required for students to give the test. However, this time frame can vary according to your English language skills and time you would require to prepare for the test.

Edwise offers comprehensive training services to students looking to attain desirable scores.

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Student Testimonials:

Edwise provides sufficient information that is necessary to plan education abroad along with coaching for entrance exams like TOEFL. I was happy with all the services I received at Edwise.

Name - Harshal Mahadik
Country - New Zealand
University - Pacific International

It's been a great journey from having classes of TOEFL to the whole application process. A special thanks to the whole Edwise family I am really indebted by your services.

Name - Abhinav Tak
Country - USA
University - California State University Northridge

It was absolutely amazing. My TOEFL training at Edwise helped me score great marks.

Name - Sunishka Thakur
Country - USA
University - University of Georgia

Edwise Overseas Education Consultant

We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 725 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

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