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TOEFL – the basics

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is designed to evaluate the ability of an individual to use and understand the English language specifically in an educational setting.

TOEFL is actually a trade mark of Educational Testing Service (ETL) and is applicable globally.

TOEFL is a very important if you are planning to study in an English-speaking country and English is not your first language.

TOEFL measures student’s ability to use and understand the English language in reading, writing, listening and oral forms. More than 7,500 universities, agencies, and other institutions in more than 130 countries accept TOEFL as part of their admissions criteria.

These days the majority of students will take an Internet-based Test (iBT) or TOEFL iBT as it is often referred to. Although initially, the demand for test exceeded capacity, and candidates often had to wait for months, it is now possible to take the test within one to four weeks in most countries.

TOEFL is a four-hour test consisting of four sections main sections:

1. Reading
2. Listening
3. Speaking
4. Writing

Some tasks require integrating multiple skills and all tasks focus on language used in an academic, higher-education environment.

There are a number of organizations offering help with TOEFL – here is a selection:

http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/
http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/
http://esl.about.com/cs/toefl/a/a_toefl.htm
http://www.testprepreview.com/toefl_practice.htm
http://www.myenglishteacher.net/toefl/