Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FAQ about the TOEFL Test

What is the TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an international, official exam used to measure non-native speakers’ English. The TOEFL is becoming more and more accepted every day, in universities and companies.

I live in Madrid.  Where can I take the TOEFL?

There are different test centers in Madrid (i.e. Universidad Europea de Madrid-UEM) and other cities such as Almeria, Granada, Salamanca and Barcelona, to name a few. You can find more information at

When can I take the TOEFL?

There are IBT (Internet-Based Test) exams approximately every week.  You can find more specific information at

When do I need to sign up for the Exam?

You should sign up for the TOEFL about a month or so before you want to take the exam, because the test centers fill up fast.
What do I have to do to confirm my test date?

All registration is done online ( or by calling the European ETS center in Holland (The phone number is 00-31-320-239-540 and the fax number is 00-31-320-239-541).  The Internet registration is easy-to-follow and it is normally not necessary to call the center in Holland.

How much does the TOEFL Cost?

The current fee is 240€, but check the ETS website for updates.

How long is the TOEFL IBT exam?

Around four hours.

What does the TOEFL IBT consist of?

The TOEFL IBT measures the student’s English skill in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

What is a good score on the TOEFL IBT?

If you are applying for an exact grant or academic program, each University or institution usually requires a minimum score. For students wanting to study an undergraduate degree, a lower score may be asked, maybe an 80-85 (maximum 120). For a master’s degree, a 100 or more may be asked.
In addition to the total score, you will receive a score for each section (from 0 to 30).  Each institution might also have a minimum score for each section in order to be accepted into the program/company.

How hard it is to get a good score?

That depends on you! What is your English level? Have you prepared for the exam? How much time do you have to study? How fast do you read? Do you suffer from test worry? Did you drink too much the night before exam? Many factors add to a good or bad score.
The average score for test takers in Spain was a very respectable 89. R-23,L-23,S-22,W-22.

When will I get the results?
The results usually take about two to four weeks to arrive.

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