What is the TOEFL?

Hello and welcome to the very first Magoosh lesson on the TOEFL. Today, were going to talk about a very general overview of the test. We wont talk about any specific details. First, what is the TOEFL? What does TOEFL mean, and what does iBT mean? TOEFL stands for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, iBT stands for the Internet-Based Test.

How do I take the IBT TOEFL?

For an IBT TOEFL, students take the test on a provided computer in a testing room, usually next to several other people also taking the test. The minority (3%) of all TOEFLs are paper-based tests (PBTs). The PBT doesn’t test students’ speaking skills, so the test-makers are phasing out these types of tests.

Do I need to take the TOEFL if I speak English?

If youre applying for colleges or universities, they usually require the TOEFL, or another similar test, when English isnt your first language. Sometimes, its not required. Sometimes you can take a different test, or if you have some experience with English education, maybe you went to high school at an English-speaking school.

Where can I take the TOEFL test?

The TOEFL is given at very special, specific locations. You cant take the test anywhere. In many countries, there is only one or two places that you can take the TOEFL. You can find out where to take the test at this website. Theres a list that shows which locations are available in each country, and in each state within America.

Should I take the TOEFL or IELTS?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are highly recommended when English is not the native language of the student; however, students for whom English is not the native language may also demonstrate exceptional command of the English language through the following criteria:

Is the TOEFL the only Test of English as a foreign language?

Though it’s popular, the TOEFL is not the only test of English as a foreign language. In fact, there are several different tests for English as a foreign language, and the one you choose to take will depend on your academic and career goals.

Do you have to take the TOEFL to get into college?

Some schools will waive the need for you to take a TOEFL test if you have: Scored in a certain percentile on the English, reading, and writing sections of the ACT or SAT. Taken a TOEFL sometime in the past two years. Earned a diploma or degree from an English-speaking country.

What is the TOEFL and who needs it?

This includes anyone applying to a foreign high school, exchange program, community college, or for a student visa. The TOEFL focuses on how English is used in an academic setting, which is why schools and universities use TOEFL scores for admissions purposes.

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