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TOEFL iBT & PBT


As a test administered by ETS (U.S. Educational Testing Services), TOEFL is designed for non-English speaking students who want to pursue college or graduate degrees in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, or other countries where English is the teaching language.

There are two formats for the exam: the Paper-based Test (PBT) and Internet-based Test (iBT). The iBT is available in most developed countries and the PBT is available in developing countries.

What does TOEFL test?

The PBT or iBT does not test specific knowledge. Rather, they test your English proficiency. The school uses the test score to measure your ability to understand and use English in a  classroom setting. It consists of four sections:

  1. Listening Comprehension;
  2. Grammar Correction and Written Expression (for the PBT only);
  3. Reading Comprehension;
  4. Writing Section; and
  5. Speaking Section (for the iBT only).

Who can take the TOEFL tests?

There is no prerequisite: anyone can take the test. Typical test-takers include high school students who want to become college students and college graduates who want to pursue a Master's or PhD.

When should you take the tests?

The TOEFL tests are offered six times a year. Recent test dates are:

  • 16 Oct 2010
  • 13 Nov 2010
  • 15 Jan 2011
  • 4 Mar 2011
  • 7 May 2011

What does it cost?

The cost for the paper-based exam is US$160. For the iBT, it ranges from US$150 to US$225 depending on the country in which you live.

How should you prepare for the TOEFL tests?

As the tests measure your English ability, the key to success is practicing your English skills. Make good use of each opportunity to speak, listen, write, and read in English. Try to create a daily environment where you can use English.

If the exam is coming soon, the best strategy is to familiarize yourself with the exam format, question types and answering directions. ETS provides sample questions when you register for the test. Called TOEFLŪ Practice Tests Volume 1. It contains the following content:

  • Two paper-based full tests;
  • 68 minutes of listening material;
  • Scoring information;
  • Sample questions for the Written Section.

Where to take the TOEFL?

See TOEFL test centers in Canada and United States.

Testing Centers in the United States

State Cities
ALABAMA
ALASKA
ARIZONA
ARKANSAS
CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
DELAWARE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
HAWAII
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH DAKOTA
OHIO
OKLAHOMA
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
UTAH
VERMONT
VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON
WEST VIRGINIA
WISCONSIN
WYOMING


Testing Locations in Canada

Province Cities
ALBERTA
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Fort Mcmurray
BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • Abbotsford
  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Courtenay
  • Kamloops
  • North Vancouver
  • Port Moody
  • Powell River
  • Richmond
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
MANITOBA
  • Winnipeg
NEWFOUNDLAND
  • St. John's
  • St. Johns
NOVA SCOTIA
  • Halifax
ONTARIO
  • Etobicoke
  • Hamilton
  • Kingston
  • London
  • Mississauga
  • Oakville
  • Ottawa
  • Scarborough
  • Stratford
  • Thornhill
  • Thunder Bay
  • Toronto
  • Welland
  • Windsor
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
  • Charlottetown
QUEBEC
  • Montreal
  • Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue
SASKATCHEWAN
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Yorkton

 

Also see: TOEFL Test Centers and Locations Outside U.S. and Canada


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