A. TOEFL Test Pattern 2018

The TOEFL® is conducted by ETS® (Educational Testing Service). The TOEFL examination is meant to measure the ability of a non-native English speaker to read, write and speak English. There are four sections in the TOEFL 2018 test pattern: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

Time allotted is 4 and a half hour.

TOEFL test pattern 2018 demands from the candidate the ability to solve integrated tasks that combine more than one skill- Reading, Listening and then Speaking in response to the given question; Listening and then speaking in response to the asked question; and Reading, Listening and then Writing in response to the given question. The TOEFL test pattern is similar worldwide and all the mock tests are prepared, keeping in mind the test pattern of TOEFL 2018.

Reading Section (Score of 0–30)
Listening Section (Score of 0–30)
Speaking Section (Score of 0–30)
Writing Section (Score of 0–30)
Total TOEFL result (0–120)

Test Scores of TOEFL exam

Candidates will receive individual scorecard for each section along with the overall TOEFL result. Candidates from some regions like Mainland China, India, Japan, Korea or Taiwan are eligible to apply for the TOEFL scholarships depending on their obtained score.

Candidates get a mandatory break in between the test

In accordance with the TOEFL Test Pattern 2018, candidates get a mandatory break for 10 minutes after the Reading and Listening sections.

The test has various accents for the listening and speaking section

Since March 2013, the test pattern of TOEFL 2018 has been modified. The Listening and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT test (Internet-based test) included different native-speaker English accents in addition to accents from North America. According to the test pattern of TOEFL 2018, candidates might get to hear accents from the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia.

B. TOEFL – Test schedule

If you are a non-English speaker and looking forward to work or study in an English-speaking country, then you will have to qualify the test of a foreign language (TOEFL). You can choose your test schedule and location according to your pace.

The iBT tests your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. The paper-delivered tests only three skills: reading, listening, and writing.

Test dates are not revealed before 4 months

Test centers give the test throughout the year. However, the test schedule is exposed only three to four months before the exam.

Register for your exam in advance

You are allowed to register for iBT TOEFL dates up to four months in advance.

TOEFL test is mostly conducted on weekend days

Statistics till date says that TOEFL iBT test dates are offered only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Most test centers will offer the test at least once or twice a month. Some test centers offer the test once every two months. The frequency of centers to conduct the test depends on the funding they receive and on how popular the test is in your country.


What is the difference between TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT?

The TOEFL iBT test is delivered through the internet. Reading, listening, speaking and writing skills are judged by online performance. It is conducted more than 50 times a year and at online test centers across the world.

The TOEFL PBT test was a paper-and-pencil test that measured reading, listening, grammar and writing skills and was held only in locations where testing via the internet is not available. However, PBT has been discontinued.

The revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test, which replaces the pattern of TOEFL PBT test, measures the skills of reading, listening and writing. The speaking skills are not measured as of now. 

Where are TOEFL scores accepted?

Around 10,000 colleges, universities and agencies in 130 countries accept TOEFL scores.

How often can a TOEFL test be given?

The TOEFL iBT test is conducted on fixed dates and locations, more than 50 times a year.

How can I find TOEFL test dates and locations?

You are allowed to choose an available test date from among testing locations around the world. Register online, by mail, by phone or in person.

Can I take the entire test in a single day?

Yes, the test can be taken in a single day. The test takes about 4 hours to complete.

Can I retake the test?

Yes, you can. There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the test. However, you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. And if you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment.