Tuesday, June 30, 2009



TOEFL refers to "Test of English as a foreign language" . TOEFL exam is conducted by various institutes and universities all over the globe to test a student’s English ability in all three spheres – speaking, writing and listening.
It is developed and controlled by a U.S based Education testing service (ETS). ETS prepares the questions, conducts the test, pattern of the paper, syllabus, and then sends the score sheet to each individual examinee. For a more effective check it has set up various testing centers in different countries acting as a franchisee for ETS.
As per stats there are more then 6000 universities and over 110 countries including top colleges of US, UK, India, Australia etc who take TOEFL score into account for accessing a student's English skills and abilities for admission, scholarship and graduation decisions, in addition to this, there are more than 4000 test centers for a student to opt for.

The best part about TOEFL test besides being globally accepted is that in case a student feels that he/she hasn’t performed well in his previous attempt then the student can retake the test again in just 7 days.
There are two forms as to which one can take TOEFL exam – internet based test i.e. IBT and the traditional paper based test i.e. PBT. PBT follows the regular exam pattern, whereas IBT evaluates a student’s English writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills.
For a student taking up IBT test he/she needs to combine two or more skills together – for e.g.: one would be asked to read a passage or paragraph and listen a English lecture, then write their answer or speak it out in English so as to properly check the knowledge and usage of English language.
As for the eligibility criteria there is no age or qualification bar, anyone can appear for Tofel exam, though it should be noted that the TOEFL score is only valid for two years after which has to reappear for the exam.
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Institutes offering TOEFL Preparation
Examination Pattern/Syllabus - IELTS
Examination Pattern/Syllabus - GRE
Examination Pattern/Syllabus - SAT
Examination Pattern/Syllabus - GMAT


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