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As TOEFL exam keeps happening round the year and colleges and foreign universities across the planet are opening their doors, here are some important points for TOEFL that you need to know while appearing for the exam.

Q: What is the TOEFL? 

A:TOELF stands for Test Of English as Foreign Language. This test shows your current level of English language. It is conducted in two formats worldwide, internet (IBT) and paper based test (PBT). The basic purpose of TOEFL is to apply to various universities in countries like US, UK, Canada and many more. For example, if you want to go to a great school, such as Harvard or Stanford, you need a really TOEFL high score, say 280 (650 on the paper test). Many of these schools only require a TOEFL score of about 133 (450 on the paper test.

Q: Is TOEFL also necessary for traveling abroad?

A:Yes, while applying for a student Visa in various countries like including UK and USA, you are expected to submit your TOEFL (or IELTS) score to get your request processed.

Q: What is a good score on the TOEFL? 

A:The highest score on the paper TOEFL is 677. The highest score on the computer TOEFL is 300. However, the score that you need depends on the university that you want to go to. In general, the score requirements range from 133 to 250 (CBT scoring) or 450 to 600 (PBT scoring).

Some universities will tell you that they don’t have a minimum requirement; usually these universities are the best ones, such as Stanford or Harvard. However, even though they don’t have a “requirement,” most of the people who go to these universities have TOEFL scores from 267 to 300.

Q: What is the right score for TOEFL?

A:In a paper based test, the highest TOEFL score that you will need is probably about 630. The lowest TOEFL score that you will need is probably about 450. In general, better universities require higher TOEFL scores and lesser ranked schools require lower TOEFL scores. Some schools even don’t require a TOEFL score!

Q: For how long is my TOEFL score valid? 

A:Your TOEFL score is valid for only two years from the date of your exam. After that, your score will be deleted from the official TOEFL database, and TOEFL will not send you another report of your score. If you still have a copy of your original score, you can ask the university whether they will accept it, but most universities will not accept a copy from you; they require a score sent directly from TOEFL.

Q: How can I figure out my CBT score?

A: After you take your test, you will get a range of your score. For example, you might see something like this: 207-270. Your final score depends on your essay score. Each point on the essay will raise your final score about ten points. So, for example, if you get a 1.0 on your essay, your final score would be 217. Or, if you get a 5.0 on your essay, your final score would be about 260.

Q: How can I raise the level of my English for a better TOEFL score?

A: Some people can raise their scores by speaking and watching television and American movies, other people can raise their scores by studying the TOEFL. The answer really depends on the student.

Q: What else do I need to know for the TOEFL?

A: The difficulty level of TOEFL is increasing with each session. You will need to have a good understanding of English. You will need to be able to listen, read, write & speak for the TOEFL.

Most of the English on the Reading Comprehension section of the TOEFL represents the kind of English that you will hear if you go to college in the US, so you should study academic English. For example, if you are studying for the TOEFL, you should read Newsweek or Time instead of reading comic books! Similarly, watching documentaries about wildlife or space is much more helpful than seeing Hollywood action movies.

Q: Where can I take the TOEFL? 

A: You can take the TOEFL in almost every country in the world. In India, all major cities have TOEFL conducted in it. TOEFL exam in either Internet or Paper based format. Go to the Official TOEFL web site to find out exactly where (which city, address, etc.).

Q: What’s the difference between the Institutional TOEFL and the International TOEFL? 

A: The Institutional TOEFL is the TOEFL exam given by an institution like a company or a language school so that they can measure the English level of the people who take the test. The score you receive from this test are not accepted by every university in the world. However, many colleges will accept a TOEFL score from the Institutional TOEFL. If you want your TOEFL score to be accepted at every university in the world, then you need to take the International TOEFL.


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