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What is TOEFL?

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What is TOEFL iBT?

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TOEFL Score Criterion

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TOEFL Essentials

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Summary

What is TOEFL?

TOEFL (pronounced Toe-full) is the acronym for the Test of English as a Foreign Language and is an exam designed for non-native English speakers to prove their English proficiency for study abroad or immigration. The TOEFL has four sections, Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing, which measure different skills. There are also different types of TOEFL: TOEFL iBT, TOEFL Essentials, TOEFL Primary, TOEFL Junior, and TOEFL ITP.

What is TOEFL iBT?

TOEFL iBT, which stands for TOEFL Internet Based Testing, is a computer-based test that lasts for 3 to 3.5 hours. The time and number of questions vary among the four sections: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The outline and test breakdown is as follows:

Each section of the TOEFL is worth 30 points and the maximum possible score is 120 points.  More than 11,500 educational institutions in more than 160 countries use TOEFL scores. There are no pass/fail scores, rather each university and institution has set its own standards for scores. Some universities and institutions accept MyBest scores, a scoring system that combines the highest scores from each section of the test over the past two years.

There is also a Home Edition of the TOEFL iBT, which allows you to take the same test that you would take at a testing center at home. However, please note that some universities do not accept Home Edition scores.

What is the TOEFL score guideline?

Some of you may be thinking, “I want to take the TOEFL, but I don’t know what score I should aim for!” The table below shows the TOEFL scores that correspond to the different CEFR scores!

More detailed information can be checked from the official TOEFL website where the information on this table is based off of. 

What is TOEFL Essentials? 

The TOEFL Essentials is a new English language proficiency test that began on August 21, 2021. Like the TOEFL iBT, the TOEFL Essentials measures four skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. There are also a variety of ways in which the TOEFL Essentials and TOEFL iBT differ. 

As can be seen from these differences, TOEFL Essentials is likely to be easier to take than TOEFL iBT. It is likely that more educational institutions will adopt TOEFL Essentials scores in the future.

In comparisson with the TOEFL iBT, the TOEFL Primary and TOEFL Junior are aimed at a younger age group (8 years old and up). Additionally, the TOEFL ITP is a test used as preparation for the TOEFL and is easier than the TOEFL, but it is able to effectively measure the four English language skills. It is also important to note that while the TOEFL iBT is taken individually, the TOEFL ITP is a group test.

For more detailed information about the TOEFL, you can check the official ETS website here!

Summary

The TOEFL is an internationally used English language test that comes in a variety of versions measuring four-skills. This article has introduced the TOEFL iBT, which is used primarily as a standard for university applications and study abroad, and the newly created TOEFL Essentials.

At DIG International, we can effectively prepare you for the TOEFL by providing instruction tailored to the level of each individual student. Also, for those who are not sure which exam to take, if you consult with a DIG instructor, they will suggest a course of study that is appropriate for your level and goals. We also offer free trial lessons, so please feel free to contact us for more information! For more information, click here!