About the TOEFL® Internet-based Test (iBT™)

The TOEFL® internet-based test (Test of English as a Foreign Language™) is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country. In addition to the test, the ETS TOEFL Program provides tools and guides to help you prepare for the test and improve your English-language skills.

What Is the TOEFL Internet-based Test

The TOEFL iBT™ test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

There are two formats for the TOEFL test. The format you take depends on the location of your test center. Most test takers take the Internet-based Test (iBT). Test centers that do not have Internet access offer the Paper-based Test (PBT).

Who Takes the TOEFL iBT Test

Each year, nearly a million individuals of all ages take the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. More than 24 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test since it was first offered. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

  • Students planning to study at a higher education institution
  • English language learning program admissions and exit
  • Scholarship and Certification Candidates
  • English-language learners who want to track their progress
  • Students and workers applying for visas

Who Accepts TOEFL Test Scores

More than 7,300 colleges, agencies and other institutions in 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:

  • Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
  • Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
  • Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English

 

Where and When Can I Take the Internet-Based Test

The TOEFL test has more test dates (30 – 40) and locations (4,500 test centers in 165 countries) than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish.

What Resources Are Available to Help Me Prepare for the Test

ETS offers a variety of paid and free preparation materials to help you get ready for the TOEFL test.

What Does It Cost

The cost of the test can range from US$150 to US$225 and varies between countries. For information on registration, fees, test dates, and locations and formats, select your test location.