TOEFL 2021 - Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Application Process, and Scores

TOEFL

TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, is conducted for accessing the test takers’ understanding and usage of the English language. The test scores are accepted in American and Canadian universities for the admission of international students. Thus, those interested in studying at the universities/ institutes in the major English-speaking countries must clear the TOEFL exam. It is one of the most popular exams for international studies as well as work migration. The exam is conducted by the Educational Testing Services (ETS). ETS sets the question papers, conducts the exam, and sends the scorecards. Candidates interested in studying abroad can check out the details of the TOEFL 2021 exam regarding eligibility, application process, pattern, syllabus, and more.

TOEFL Latest Updates:

ETS has launched TOEFL iBT Home Edition for test-takers who are affected due to the closing of test centers because of COVID-19.

A shorter version of the test, the TOEFL Essential Test, has also been launched, which will be made available from 21st August 2021 onwards.

ETS has also agreed to accept Aadhaar cards as student ID from Indian students for TOEFL registration.

TOEFL Exam Types

The TOEFL test is conducted in two formats:

  • iBT (Internet-Based Test) and
  • Paper-Delivered Test

Among both, iBT is a more popular format and PBT is available only at locations where the internet is not supported. In addition, there is no ‘Speaking’ section in the PBT format.

TOEFL 2021 Exam - Overview

Exam Name

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Popularly Known As

English Language Proficiency Test

Exam Conducting Authority

Educational Testing Services (ETS)

Official Website

https://www.ets.org/toefl

Exam Mode

Internet-Based and Paper-Based

Exam Purpose

For admission to higher level education in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and across Asia and Europe.

TOEFL Helpline

1-609-771-7100, 1-877-863-3546

Fax Number

1-610-290-8972


Available Application Forms

TOEFL 2021 Important Dates

The exam is conducted throughout the year, and candidates can choose multiple dates for the TOEFL exam. While registering for the exam, candidates can see the available dates and centers for the exam. TOEFL 2021 exam dates are as under:

Months

Exam Dates

January

30th and 31st January 2021

February

6th, 10th, 20th, 24th, 26th, 27th, and 28th February 2021

March

6th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 24th, and 27th March 2021

April

9th, 10th, 24th, and 30th April 2021

May

1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, and 22nd May 2021

June

5th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 26th June 2021

As mentioned above, ETS has launched the iBT Home Edition due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. With this, the exam will be offered more than 60 times a year, 4 days a week from almost anywhere except for Mainland China and Iran. In the Home Edition, candidates can take the test from their own house and will be monitored online by a human proctor.

Choosing an Exam Date - While choosing the exam date, candidates must keep in mind the application submission deadline at their preferred universities. Take the test at least two to three months before the application submission so that there is enough time for retesting (if required) and score reporting.


TOEFL 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

TOEFL Exam Pattern

In the year 2019, the duration of the exam was decreased by 30 minutes. The new exam duration came into effect from 1st August 2019. The number of questions is also released in the reading, listening, and speaking sections. The new exam duration is now 3 hours. The exam tests the candidates for their Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking skills for the English language.

Sections

Number of Questions

Type of Questions

Duration

Reading

30 to 40

Reading passages (3 or 4) and answering questions based on them.

54 to 72 minutes

Listening

28 to 38

Listening to lectures, classroom discussions, conversations and answering questions based on them.

41 to 57 minutes

Break: 10 Minutes

Speaking

4 tasks

Speaking based on reading and listening tasks and expressing opinion on familiar topics.

17 minutes

Writing

2 tasks

Write essays based on reading and listening tasks.

50 minutes

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Score Range - 0 to 30 for each section. Thus, the total score is calculated in a range of 0 to 120.

Syllabus for TOEFL Exam

There is no specific syllabus for the exam. However, the pattern will help you in understanding the content of the exam.

Reading - 3 to 4 reading passages where 12 to 14 questions will be asked from each passage.

Listening - Short and long conversations. Questions will be asked based on these conversations.

Speaking - The responses must fulfil the tasks. The conversation must be sustained.

Writing - Well-organised essay with detailed explanation giving reasons.



TOEFL 2021 Eligibility

There are no specific eligibility conditions set by the exam conducting authority. However, some of the obvious conditions are as under:

  • As the exam is conducted for higher studies, candidates must have passed class 12th or equivalent education.
  • Having a valid passport at the time of the exam is also one of the criteria.
  • There is no age limit for the exam.

Note: Candidates are advised to check the eligibility conditions of their preferred university.


TOEFL 2021 Application Process

The TOEFL registration link remains active throughout the year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Apart from online mode, the registration can also be done via phone, mail, or in person. The registration process closes seven days before the exam. So, candidates are advised to complete the process in time. The process for registration is mentioned under:

  • Visit the official TOEFL website at https://www.ets.org/toefl.
  • Click on the ‘Sign In/ Register’ button.
  • Under the ‘ New Users’ section, click on the ‘Create an Account’ button.
  • Provide your personal information, address, phone number, communication preference and move to the next page.
  • Provide additional information to complete the profile.
  • Search for exam dates and centers.
  • Generate username and password.
  • Pay the registration fee.
  • Review your information and submit the completed form.

Application Fee

For those appearing from India, the application fee is US$185 (for iBT) and US$180 (for Paper-Based Test).

Other Modes of Registration

In-Person Registration

Candidates can visit the TOEFL Resource Center in person for completing the registration formalities. The address of the center is as under:

Prometric
2 Floor, DLF Infinity Tower-A
Sector-25, Phase-II
DLF City
Gurgaon - 122002
Haryana

Registration by Mail

  • Download the application form and take a print.
  • Fill in the application form carefully.
  • Send the filled-in application form along with the fee to the address mentioned on the form or to the Gurgaon Resource Center.

The form must reach the concerned authority at least four weeks before the exam.

Registration by Phone

Follow the steps mentioned below for registration by phone:

  • Call the Regional Registration Center on 91-124-4147700.
  • Provide all the details asked for.
  • Make the application fee payment using a credit/ debit card to complete the registration process.

Other Details

TOEFL Test Centres in India

TOEFL 2021 test centres in India are mentioned under:

Ahmedabad

Kolkata

Allahabad

Kochi

Amritsar

Mumbai

Bengaluru

Nizamabad

Bhopal

Patna

Coimbatore

Pune

Chandigarh

Pondicherry

Chennai

Trichy

Delhi

Thiruvananthapuram

Dehradun

Tirupati

East Godavari District

Thrissur

Gwalior

Vijayawada

Gurgaon NCR Region

Visakhapatnam

Hyderabad

Vadodara

Indore

Warangal

Jaipur

 

TOEFL Result and Scores

TOEFL scores will be declared six days after the test date. The scores will be available online at the students’ profile. An email intimation is also sent when the score is available. The total score is the sum of scores obtained in all four areas. The TOEFL score is accepted in more than 130 countries. Printed score reports are mailed to candidates 11 days after the test which will further take 7 to 10 days to reach you. TOEFL scores remain valid for two years.

TOEFL 2021 Exam - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question 1: What is the limit on the number of attempts for the TOEFL exam?

There is no limit on the number of attempts. However, there must be a gap of 3 days between the two tests.

Question 2: Is there any concession in the TOEFL application fee?

There is no concession in the TOEFL exam fee.

Question 3: How can I send my TOEFL score to universities abroad?

ETS will send your TOEFL score to four of your pre-selected universities. For sending the scores to additional universities, you need to pay an additional fee.

Question 4: Can I reschedule the TOEFL exam?

Yes. The rescheduling request must be made four full days before the exam.

Question 5: What is the process of rescheduling the TOEFL exam?

Candidates can reschedule the exam either by calling the Regional Registration Centre or through their online accounts.

Question 6: Will there be any charges for TOEFL exam rescheduling?

Yes. The rescheduling fee is US$60.

Question 7: What documents do I need to carry to the TOEFL exam center?

Carry the ID proof (valid passport for Indian citizens) to the exam center.

Question 8: What is a good TOEFL score?

There is no such thing as a good score. The TOEFL score requirements differ from country to country and university to university. Thus, candidates must score equal to or more than the requirement set by their preferred university. It is advised to score more than the set score to increase the chances of selection.


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