- WHAT IS THE ‘TOEFL’?
It is an academic English exam but NOT a degree-certificate! Rather, it is a score that you keep for 2 years and shows your English language sufficiency for university studies abroad.
- HOW IS IT CONDUCTED?
Online (iBT = Internet Based Test), with very simple procedures.
- DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMPUTERS TO TAKE THE TEST?
Not necessarily, though simple computer literacy (using a keyboard and mouse) is a ‘must’.
- HOW LONG IS THE EXAM AND WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
It is about 4 hours long. It involves all 4 language skills, i.e. Reading, Listening, Writing & Speaking.
- HOW IS THE TEST STRUCTURED?
The test is in 4 parts:
- Reading (3 to 5 passages of 550-700 words, each followed by 12-14 Multiple-Choice Questions that may not all get the same mark. ≈ 60 to 100 min.’s)
- Listening (6 to 9 listening texts of 3-5 min.’s. These are usually university classes/ lectures and everyday campus conversations. Each listening text is followed by 5-6 Multiple-Choice Questions. ≈ 60 to 90 min.’s)
- Speaking (About 6 speaking tasks of 45-60 sec.’s each. Some tasks may be based on a listening or reading activity. 20 min.’s)
- Writing (2 writing tasks that may also be based on a listening or reading activity. 50 min.’s)
- HOW IS THE TEST SCORED?
0 – 30 for each separate part of the exam & a total of 0 – 120 for the entire test.
Each score also gets a percentage that is meant to show how well you have done compared to other candidates. For example, a score of 100/ 120 would put you at 89%, which means that you scored higher than 89/ 100 candidates, while a score of 50/ 120 would place you at 26%. The Pass mark for the TOEFL is 68.
- IS THERE NEGATIVE MARKING?
Unfortunately, there is. At the end of the test, your markers count the points of all the right answers you gave, they deduct the points for the wrong answers you gave and then mark accordingly on the scale of 0 – 30.
- ARE WRITING & SPEAKING MARKED DIFFERENTLY?
Yes, they are. Each writing task is marked 0 – 5 and then turned to the scale of 0 – 30.
The same goes for Speaking, where each task is marked 0 – 4, a cross score of all 6 speaking activities is created and then it gets converted to the scale of 0 – 30.
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