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TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of people who are not native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is used in college and university settings. It is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). In most regions of the world, a computer-based version is offered.

Scores on the test are required by more than 4,300 two- and four-year colleges and universities, professional schools, and sponsoring institutions.

The TOEFL consists of four sections:

  1. Listening
    Measures ability to comprehend spoken North American English.

  2. Structure
    Measures ability to recognize language appropriate for standard written English.

  3. Reading
    Measures ability to read and understand short passages.

  4. Writing
    Measures ability to write in English. You are given 30 minutes to compose one required essay on an assigned topic.

In the first three sections, most of the questions are multiple choice. You'll need between 3.5 and 4 hours to finish the test.

For more information about the TOEFL, visit The Official Web Site for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. It contains information about making an appointment in test centers around the world, sample questions, and much more.


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