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The TOEFL® Test Advantage

90% of TOEFL test takers get into their 1st or 2nd choice university

4 out of 5 admissions officers prefer the TOEFL test over any other English-language proficiency test*

*Source: Survey of 263 admissions officers at U.S. universities, of whom 212 accept both the TOEFL® test and the IELTS™ test, with 152 stating a preference.

More than 9,000 universities, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept the TOEFL test, including nearly every top university in Australia, Canada, and the US

Free resources and official prep materials — because there’s no better way to practice for test success than with tools from ETS, the creator of the TOEFL test

The entire test is given in half a day, unlike other tests that make you come back a second day

 

 

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The United States attracts more international students than any other country. Including neighbors Canada and Mexico, North America greets students with incredibly diverse landscapes and cultures, as well as some of the top universities in the world.

United States

Nearly every higher-education institution in the US accepts TOEFL® scores, including two-year and four-year undergraduate schools, as well as graduate and business programs.

Did you know?

  • Almost 900,000 students come to study in the US each year.
  • The state of California is their #1 destination, followed by New York and Texas.
  • The top fields of study for international students are business and engineering.

Canada

As an international leader in computer and information technologies, Canada is an excellent location to be immersed in the telecommunication, transportation and engineering industries.

All of the top 20 universities in Canada accept TOEFL scores.

Did you know?

The University of Waterloo in Ontario is consistently ranked as Canada's most innovative university, attracting international students from all over the world.

Mexico

The southern neighbor to the US, Mexico boasts excellent health care and a low cost of living.

Top industries include food and beverage and tourism.

Did you know?

You can stay up to six months in Mexico with a tourist visa.

Every year, thousands of students from South America take the TOEFL® test to pursue their academic dreams.

The countries of South America also offer a beautiful backdrop for study abroad. More and more students are flocking here to experience the warm climate and dynamic culture of this exotic continent.

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Brazil

Brazil's economy is rapidly growing — there are thousands of high-paying jobs available for college grads.

The vibrant city of São Paolo — Brazil's largest city — is home to several renowned corporations and universities.

Did You Know?

The government is currently offering scholarships for Brazilian citizens who want to study abroad. Learn more.

Argentina

Home of the legendary tango dance, Argentina is the largest Spanish speaking country in the world by size.

Argentina's largest city is Buenos Aires, and the most important contributor to its economy is the service sector.

Did you know?

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world.

Peru

Lima is both the capital city and the financial capital of Peru.

Two thirds of Peru is covered in rain forest.

Did you know?

Peru is the world's sixth largest producer of gold and eighth largest producer of coffee.

Venezuela

Venezuela is home to Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world.

The country is known for its petroleum industry—95% of the country's export earnings come from oil.

Did you know?

Venezuela is one of the top 25 places of origin for international students studying in the United States.

Steeped in culture and history, Europe has been a leading destination for study abroad students for years. Its major capital cities like Paris, London and Amsterdam offer an abundance of educational, job and extracurricular opportunities.

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The Netherlands

Amsterdam is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands and rated a top European city in which to locate an international business.

There are about 90 TOEFL accepting institutions in the Netherlands.

Did you know?

Amsterdam is home to the oldest stock exchange in the world.

France

France is the world's sixth largest economy due to the educational system's quality and the national capacity for research and innovation.

Paris is world-renowned for its art, fashion and food.

Did you know?

The United States’ iconic Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France.

Germany

As a global leader in mechanical engineering and industrial production, Germany is a thriving market within the European Union that offers incredible research and development opportunities for students.

German students travel to study abroad more than their European counterparts.

Did you know?

Students are allowed to work in Germany for one year after the completion of their course, and work permits can be further extended.

The oldest inhabited land on earth, Africa is a continent unlike any other. From public health and service opportunities in developing nations, to exotic cultural and environmental adventures, Africa has so much to offer TOEFL test takers.

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South Africa

Due to low exchange rates, South Africa is an affordable living and studying option.

Students interested in wildlife biology, archeology and conservation will find this country a rewarding destination.

Did you know?

South Africa has one of the highest rates of public investment in education in the world.

Morocco

A country with deep cultural roots, Morocco attracts students interested in Arab studies and foreign policy.

Morocco is renowned for its literature, art and architecture.

Did you know?

Morocco is only nine miles away from Europe, separated by the Strait of Gibraltar.

Nigeria

Nigeria is the seventh most populous country in the world and is considered an emerging market.

The financial and communications sectors are a central component of Nigeria's success.

Did you know?

The Nigerian movie industry is known as "Nollywood."

As a group, Asian nations send more students abroad than any other continent. Many outstanding students also take advantage of TOEFL scholarships to help attend their dream programs.

Bustling cities like Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore are also some of the top destinations in the world for students studying finance and technology.

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China

China is a popular destination for all types of engineering: electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical, environmental, petroleum, marine and navigation, computer software.

Chinese universities make many courses available in English for international students.

Did you know?

During the 2012–2013 school year, about 235,000 Chinese students came to the US to study abroad.

India

More than 30,000 students a year come from abroad to study in India.

India's largest city, Mumbai, is home to top business, engineering and technology schools.

Did you know?

Indian students are the second largest foreign student population in the US, after the Chinese.

Japan

Japan's economy is incredibly advanced, having seen dramatic growth over the past three decades.

Production of motor vehicles and electronic equipment are major industries.

Did you know?

Japan has over 200 volcanoes!

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has the fastest growing population of students leaving to study abroad, fueled by scholarships offered by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Ministry.

A large majority of recent poll respondents in Saudi Arabia declared their economy to be very good and growing even stronger.

Did you know?

More than 44,000 Saudi Arabian students studied in the United States in 2013.

Singapore

Singapore is a booming business center, with more than 7,000 multinational companies operating in the tiny Asian-Pacific nation.

A global education hub, Singapore is also becoming a top business school destination.

Did you know?

Foreigners make up 30% of Singapore’s workforce.

Korea

In the country where the marital art of Tai Kwan Do originated, Korean universities provide abundant arts and sciences programs.

Several global leaders in the electronics and automobile industries are located in Korea.

Did you know?

Korea is home to more than 100 TOEFL accepting institutions.

The land down under is one of the most exciting destinations for study abroad. Its location in the Southern Hemisphere means Australia's seasons are opposite from those in Europe, the US and Asia — just one of the things that makes this island continent so interesting.

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Australia

Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world, behind only the UK and the US.

Every university in the Group of Eight accepts TOEFL scores.

Study in Australia Scholarships are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions and a number of other organizations. Learn more

Did you know?

TOEFL scores are accepted for both Australian student visas and course admissions. For more information, visit http://www.immi.gov.au.

New Zealand

Focused on innovation, New Zealand’s economy is consistently growing.

This remote nation in the South Pacific is made up of two islands, the North Island and the larger South Island.

Did you know?

Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand. Cricket and sailing are also tremendously popular.

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TOEFL® Test Basics

What is the TOEFL Test?

The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand English as it’s read, written, heard and spoken in the university classroom.

If you want to study at an English-speaking university or program, no other test can get you to as many destinations around the world as the TOEFL test.

Test Format

In most test centers worldwide, you’ll take the TOEFL iBT® test on a computer. However, the TOEFL test is administered as a paper-based test (TOEFL® PBT) in a few places where testing via the Internet is not available.

Sections

The TOEFL test measures all four English-language skills. It takes about four hours. 

Dates & Fees

Scores

There is no passing or failing score!

  • Score requirements are set by individual colleges and universities. 
  • You’ll receive a score from 0 to 30 for each section and a total score of 0 to 120 for the entire test.
  • Scores are valid for two years after your test date.
  • Your scores will be ready in ten days, and you can view them easily online.
  • They will also be mailed to you if you select that option when you register.
  • Scores are sent free to up to four institutions that you select prior to your test day.

Fairness

The Speaking section is measured more fairly. 

You will speak into a microphone without a rater sitting in front of you. After you are finished, your responses will be assessed by three to six raters to give you the most fair and objective score possible.

What is the TOEFL® Test?

What is the TOEFL Test?

The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand English as it’s read, written, heard and spoken in the university classroom.

If you want to study at an English-speaking university or program, no other test can get you to as many destinations around the world as the TOEFL test.

Test Format

Test Format

In most test centers worldwide, you’ll take the TOEFL iBT® test on a computer. However, the TOEFL test is administered as a paper-based test (TOEFL® PBT) in a few places where testing via the Internet is not available.

Sections

Sections

The TOEFL test measures all four English-language skills. It takes about four hours. 

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Scores

Scores

There is no passing or failing score!

  • Score requirements are set by individual colleges and universities. 
  • You’ll receive a score from 0 to 30 for each section and a total score of 0 to 120 for the entire test.
  • Scores are valid for two years after your test date.
  • Your scores will be ready in ten days, and you can view them easily online.
  • They will also be mailed to you if you select that option when you register.
  • Scores are sent free to up to four institutions that you select prior to your test day.

Fairness

Fairness

The Speaking section is measured more fairly. 

You will speak into a microphone without a rater sitting in front of you. After you are finished, your responses will be assessed by three to six raters to give you the most fair and objective score possible.

For Parents

Give your children amazing opportunities to succeed.

Studying abroad at an English-speaking university is an excellent way for your children to broaden their perspective and gain an advantage in the job market. That path to success starts with the TOEFL test.

We encourage you to explore all of the sections of this site to learn more about the test and the opportunities it can bring, both at home and abroad. Share it with your children. And help them register for the TOEFL test when they are ready to pursue their dreams!

Testimonials

Hear about the TOEFL test straight from test takers like you.

Studying overseas is a great chance. By taking the TOEFL test, I was allowed to complete my Master of Science [degree] in Australia, a challenging experience for me and a brilliant opportunity for my future career.

Michela Maddei, Italy,
studying in Australia

Preparing for the TOEFL test has given me confidence in my communication skills, and I am certain that I can present my perspective with clarity in gatherings, be [they] academic, professional or social.

Sruthi Chandrasekaran, India,
TOEFL scholarship winner 

The TOEFL test is like a ticket. It’s your ticket into the academic world.

Tsung-Che Lu,
Scholarship Winner, Taiwan

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experience helping advance quality and equity in education worldwide. Its mission is to develop
and administer tests that give students like you the opportunity to pursue their dreams,
anywhere in the world.

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