What is ETS TOEFL Exam?

TOEFL full form - Test of English as a Foreign Language.

ETS TOEFL exam is a globally accepted, standardised English language test to examine international students’ English proficiency in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing as the English Language Test score plays a vital role in the overseas education admission process. The TOEFL test score is accepted in over 150 countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom.


Since its inception in 1964, the ETS TOEFL test’s curriculum and test methods have matched universities and institutions’ expectations. The recent revision was in 2005, and the test is renamed the TOEFL iBT test. The test now comprises tasks that test if the candidate’s Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking skills meet the demands of top-notch academic environments today. 

TOEFL Exam Details

Types of ETS TOEFL Exam:

The ETS TOEFL conducts the English proficiency exam in two modes. i.e.) Internet based exam (TOEFL iBT) and paper delivered exam (TOEFL PBT).

  • ETS TOEFL – iBT Test

The TOEFL-iBT test is the most preferred type, with over 90% of students attempting the test in this internet based format. The TOEFL-iBT test comprises 4 sections, which are: speaking, listening, writing and reading. Students are asked to take up all the sections on a computer equipped with a microphone and camera. Since the iBT test pattern doesn’t have a separate section to examine candidates’ grammar knowledge, the writing section is monitored in detail. 


The TOEFL PBT is a paper-based English language test. Students who are not in proximity to internet-based test centres can take up this test. The TOEFL PBT test format is quite different from that of iBT as it also contains a separate essay section. The listening section in the PBT has recordings that are shorter than the IBT’s.

Why choose the ETS TOEFL Exam?

Students can book an online TOEFL test from all parts of the world and find exam centres in their respective countries. Since there are 50 ETS TOEFL iBT test dates in a year, students can choose a convenient schedule.  The test results are out in about 10-15 days. The TOEFL test assesses students’ English proficiency on a detailed scale; the speaking test is examined by 3 to 4 proctors.

What is ETS TOEFL login?

The ETS TOEFL login is the portal to register for the TOEFL iBT Exam. Students can use their login credential for the following purposes:

  • Reschedule, cancel or view your registration.
  • View or apply for an approved testing venue.
  • Download or view TOEFL scores.
  • To update information such as your contact number or email.

How to register for TOEFL exam by ETS account?

  • Sign-up on the official ETS website. 
  • Make sure to enter the name as it is in the identification document to be produced on the day of the TOEFL test.
  • After submitting all the necessary information and creating a profile, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Log in using the password and click on the ‘Register for a Test’ button.
  • Choose a test date and centre. 
  • Complete the TOEFL registration process.

Note- Note- You can register online even 15 days prior to a test date.

How to register for TOEFL by mail?

  • Go to ETS official site and download the TOEFL Registration Form.
  • Fill in the form with either blue or black ink pen.
  • Mail the form to the address mentioned on the registration form along with the payment.
  • Submit the form at least 4 weeks prior to the test date
  • Receive the confirmation email.

How to register for TOEFL by phone?

  • Directly call the TOEFL Regional Registration Center to register and take up the test.
  • Students registering through phone must register at least 7 days prior to the test date. 
  • The registration fee can be processed through a debit or credit card.

Note: Registration can be done through ETS Account only 



Late registration US$50
Registration Fees vary by testing location
Rescheduling US$60
Reinstatement of cancelled scores US$20
Additional score reports (per institution or agency) US$20 each
Speaking or Writing Section score review US$80
Speaking and Writing Section score review US$160
Returned payment US$20

What is TOEFL Scholarship?

The ETS TOEFL scholarship is offered every year to aid students wishing to study overseas at a university or college listed in the TOEFL Directory (Over 8,750 institutions across 120+ countries). Students who have taken up the TOEFL test and received their test scores can apply for the TOEFL scholarship.


Detailed information on TOEFL Exam

Exam Name TOEFL
TOEFL Full Form Test of English as a Foreign Language.
What is TOEFL Exam? A standardised English language proficiency test.
TOEFL accepted countries Accepted by over 150 countries.
TOEFL Exam Format TOEFL iBT & TOEFL Paper-based test
Who conducts TOEFL? Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Official Website https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/
TOEFL Score Range Up to 120
TOEFL Scholarship Yes

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