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About the revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test

The TOEFL test is a key step in your journey to study abroad.

Which TOEFL Test Should I Take?

The TOEFL test is available in 2 formats — 1 that is delivered via the internet, and 1 that is a paper test. 98 percent of TOEFL test takers worldwide take the TOEFL iBT® test, delivered via the internet, and access continues to expand. The TOEFL iBT test is desired by universities because it measures all 4 communication skills — reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

For those test takers who don't have access to the TOEFL iBT test, there is the revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test. The revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test is offered only in locations where testing via the internet is not available. The paper test was designed to align closely with the TOEFL iBT test in that it requires test takers to combine their communication skills — for example, listening to a lecture, reading a passage, and then writing a response. Integrating skills gives a more accurate indication of a test taker’s ability to communicate in English. There is no Speaking section because of the technological requirements of capturing spoken responses.

ETS remains committed to providing access for anyone who wants to take the TOEFL test. Please be assured that ETS is making every effort to ensure that individuals living in areas where testing via the internet is not available will be able to test.

Regardless of which test you take, all TOEFL scores remain valid for 2 years after your test date.

Who Takes the TOEFL Test?

More than 35 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency.

Who Accepts TOEFL Scores?

More than 11,000 universities and colleges in over 150 countries accept TOEFL test scores. In addition, agencies and institutions 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.

See TOEFL® Destination Search.

What Is the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test?

The test is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read an overview of the 3 test sections: Reading, Listening and Writing.

Where and When Can I Take the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test?

The test is offered 4 times each year. See a list of test centers and dates or check the online registration system for the latest information. Not all test centers are open for every test date.

What Does It Cost?

The test fee is US$180. See Fees for information about payment methods and deadlines.

What Resources Are Available to Help Me Prepare for the Test?

ETS offers a variety of free preparation materials and sample questions to help you get ready for the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.

Note: You can use free or paid materials designed for the TOEFL iBT test. Just remember that the TOEFL iBT test has a Speaking section, and the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test does not.

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