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Test of English as a Foreign Language is a Standardized test that evaluates the English Proficiency of people whose native language is not English. Nearly 2400 educational institutions in the United States and Canada require TOEFL? test scores from each applicant.

The TOEFL? test has become a computer based test in India since October 2000.

The TOEFL? test is only to test your English proficiency. A high score alone does not translate into an admission offer from a great school. But the test is mandatory and cannot be overlooked.

TOEFL is required for atleast 4400 colleges and university in Abroad. The purpose of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is to evaluate the English Proficiency of people whose native language is not English and wishing to study at college and University in the United States and Canada. A number of medical certification and licensing agencies require TOEFL test scores.

The TOEFL is now computerized and can be taken any day all over India.
The exam consists of 4 sections:
Listening Comprehension, Structure, Reading Comprehension and Writing.

There is no penalty for wrong answers, but all questions of Sections 1 and 2 must be answered.
The highest score in the exam is 300.
Computer based TOEFL? test is held all-round-the-year. Unlike other exams, you can choose your own date and time for taking the TOEFL? test! The test is administered five-days-a-week (Monday through Friday), twice-a-day. September to December is the high season for the TOEFL? test. In case you intend to take the test during this period, you need to register very early (say 90 days in advance) to get a date of your choice. Otherwise, registering at least three days in advance is mandatory. The test lasts roughly four hours.

For the conduct of the test, ETS (Educational Testing Services) has appointed Testing Agencies in various countries, which act as franchisees for ETS. In India, this agency is the "Sylvan Testing Services Pvt Ltd" which administers the test at 9 centres in the country: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivandrum.

Eligibility and Fees
Anyone and everyone is eligible for taking the TOEFL? test - there are no restrictions based on age or qualifications. The test scores are valid for two years, i.e., most universities accept scores up to two years old.
Test fees for the TOEFL? test may vary according to the country in which you take the test. In India, this fee is US $130, payable at the time of registration.
You can pay either using an International Credit Card (VISA/MASTER/AMEX) or you can also pay in INR by means of a bank draft.

Important: The name on the registration form should be exactly the same as in your passport or you may not be allowed to appear for the test. It is advisable to attach the photocopy of the Passport with the application form to avoid any faulty registration.

How much does it cost
Test Fees: US$ 130 * (Includes fee for reporting scores to 4 universities).
Additional Score Report: US$ 15* approx Rs.720/-* per university.

Who can take the test
If you are planning to study in the US, Canada, Europe, and a few schools in UK, then you are required to take the TOEFL exam compulsorily. The purpose of the TOEFL exam is to evaluate English proficiency of students whose native language is not English.

Content and Format of the TOEFL? test
The test has four sections : Listening, Structure, Reading and Writing.
The number of questions and the time allocated to each question may vary. Therefore, one student may get 35 questions in Listening section while another may get 45. But, the additional questions are for research purposes only and the scores of all test takers are based on the same number of questions.

The following table gives out the format of the TOEFL? test:

Listening Section 30 - 50 questions 40 - 60 min.
Structure Section 20 - 25 questions 15 - 20 min.
Reading Section 44 - 60 questions 70 - 90 min.
Writing Section 1 Essay 30 min.
Total 94 - 135 question + 1 Essay 4 hrs. (approx.)

Topics covered under TOEFL
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Listening comp, Writing and targeted TOEFL test taking skills and strategies.
English Language training through American films.
University Admission Guidance, Exercises and information.
Review of idiomatic expressions and responses that they are likely to encounter on American campuses and in professional settings.
From the start, students focus on all the important components of the TOEFL test: Grammar, Reading, Vocab, Listening comp, Writing an essay and targeted. TOEFL test skills and strategies.

What is a Computer-Adaptive Test
In a computer-adaptive test, the computer screen displays one question at a time, which is chosen from a very large pool of questions categorized by content and difficulty. The first question is always of a medium difficulty, and each subsequent question is determined by your responses to all the previous questions. In other words, the CAT adjusts itself to your ability level - you?ll get few questions that are either too easy or too difficult for you. The number of questions you get also depends on your previous answers.

In one section of TOEFL test, you are allowed to go back to the previous questions.

Most questions in the TOEFL CAT has four answer options, and you are required to select one of these four as the correct answer by clicking on it. A subsequent question is displayed on the screen only after you have answered the previous question, so you cannot skip a question. You cannot also go back to a previously answered question to change your answer. Thus, if you guess a correct answer or answer a question incorrectly by mistake, your answers to subsequent questions will lead you back to questions that are at the appropriate level of difficulty for you.

Some questions may have special directions which appear in a box under the question. Like some questions may have two answers and some may require you to make more than two selections.

Regional Registration Center - India Region

Senior Plaza, 160-A, Gautam Nagar,
Behind IOC Building, Yusuf Sarai,
New Delhi - 110049

Phone: 91-11-26511649/ 26531442
FAX: 91-11-26529741/ 26523266/ 26519487
e-mail: india.rrc@prometric.com

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