TOEFL is an abbreviated form of Test of English as a foreign language. It is conducted to measure the proficiency of the students to use and understand standard American English used at college level .It is conducted especially for the candidates who belongs to non English speaking country and is willing to take up higher studies at American or English speaking colleges or Universities. There are many colleges as well as government institutions and scholarship programs which prefer students with good TOEFL score.
It has been launched by Educational Testing Service and they appoint several test centers to conduct the exams in various countries and the first test was administered in 1964.
TOEFL test is a computer based test and mostly last for about four to four and a half hours. It is basically an adaptive test wherein the toughness of the next question depends on the correctness of the answer of the previous question and is followed for listening and structure section while reading comprehension and essay writing is not computer based.
The test basically consists of four sections- LISTENING SECTION
This section adjudges the student’s ability to listen to lecture or conversation between two people and then answers the questions and the questions are mainly who and what types. It lasts for about 45-70 minutes. STRUCTURE SECTION
It helps in judging the knowledge of English grammar of the students. The questions are either like fill up the blanks using appropriate word or identify the incorrect word in the sentence and lasts for about 15-20 minutes. READING COMPREHENSION AND WRITING
This section helps to evaluate the vocabulary skills of the candidate. They have to answer the questions based on the passages provided to them. This test lasts for about 90 minutes. ESSAY WRITING It helps in assessing the writing skills and vocabulary of the students. They are required to write essays on some general topics and speak of certain topics provided to them and last for 30-50 minutes.
The students who have passed out 10+2 exams from any Indian board can opt for this exam.
“Speaking English fluently is an important criterion of the admission process and a candidate’s ability to master this ability brightens their chances of admissions to foreign Universities” Says one of the renowned personalities of ETS Global & Partnership.
There are no other English tests than TOEFL which is most accessible and available and measures the accuracy based on more than one rater and opens the gateway of entrance of admission to some of the renowned Universities in US.
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