TOEFL 2020 - A premier English-language proficiency test, TOEFL is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The TOEFL 2020 exam will be conducted in computer-based iBT mode; a paper-delivered mode is also available but only for locations where testing via the internet is not available. Also, most universities only accept the TOEFL iBT test as it measures all 4 communication skills — reading, listening, speaking, and writing. TOEFL iBT scores are accepted by more than 11,000 universities in over 150 countries. The TOEFL iBT test is conducted over 60 times a year in designated test centres across the globe, including in India. The applicant can book a test date and centre at the time of TOEFL 2020 registration. Go through the rest of the article to learn the full details of TOEFL 2020, including test dates, exam pattern, syllabus, and much more.
TOEFL 2020 - Synopsis
Name of the exam
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International level test
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Mode of exam
Note: A paper-delivered TOEFL test is also available, but only for such locations where testing via the internet is not available.
Which mode is desired by institutions
Most institutions prefer the TOEFL iBT as it measures the four major communication skills:
Validity of test scores
TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.
Frequency of exam
The exam is conducted more than 60 times a year at designated test centres across the world.
Phone: +1-609-771-7100 or 1-877-863-3546
Why take the TOEFL Exam?
The TOEFL is one of the premier English-language proficiency tests that is accepted by over 11,000 universities and other institutions in more than 150 countries. TOEFL scores are accepted in almost all English-speaking countries for study, work and immigration.
The wide acceptance of the exam makes it attractive among prospective students planning to go abroad for higher studies. Every 9 out of 10 universities in the United States accept TOEFL scores for admission purposes. Similar statistics can be found in case of other English-speaking countries like the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Even many universities in non-English speaking countries today accept TOEFL scores as an eligibility criteria for admission.
The applicant can pick a test date for TOEFL 2020 at the time of registration by clicking on the test date search bar; fill in a test location and select a two-month period within which you want to take the test. On submitting the details, all available TOEFL test dates 2020 for that location and period would be displayed on screen. Click on a test date to find test centres administering the test on that date, and whether there are seats available. Note that test dates can also be checked without registration, using the search bar following the same process.
TOEFL Eligibility Criteria 2020
Before applying for the TOEFL iBT test, the applicant needs to be conversant with the following TOEFL 2020 eligibility criteria:
There is no eligibility criteria as such for appearing in TOEFL 2020. So anyone can take the test.
That being said, one needs to refer to the institute one is applying for admission, as it may have specific eligibility requirements.
Institutes that use TOEFL iBT scores for admission will have a minimum overall score and also sectional scores that the candidate has to fulfill to be considered for admission.
TOEFL Registration 2020
There are three ways to register for the TOEFL iBT test - 1) online using the ETS account, 2) by phone, and 3) by mail. The online method is the most common route as it is fast and easy. Online TOEFL registration is open 24/7.
How to register for TOEFL 2020
Registration for TOEFL iBT test can be done at any time
The candidate is advised to register approximately 4 months before the test date.
The name used for registration should be the same as the one mentioned on the ID used on test day.
Online registration is open up to 2 days before a test date; after that no registration can be done. Also, to register from 7 days before the test date, a late fee of US $ 40 will be levied.
To search a test date, select a two-month period and a test location. All available TOEFL test centres and TOEFL test dates for that period will appear on screen.
It is recommended that the applicant picks a test date that is at least two to three months before the earliest admission application deadline.
TOEFL Fee Structure 2020
Details of the extra payments related to TOEFL 2020 exam:
Reinstatement of cancelled scores
Additional score reports (per institution or agency)
$20 (USD) each
Speaking or Writing Section score review
Speaking and Writing Section score review
Applicants mostly take the TOEFL iBT test, as the paper-delivered test is available only for locations where the iBT mode is not available. It is recommended that all applicants go through the exam pattern of TOEFL 2020 carefully as it will help them align their preparation with exam requirements. A brief synopsis of TOEFL exam pattern 2020 is given below:
Mode of exam - The exam is administered in computer-based iBT Test mode. A paper-delivered mode is also available but only for locations where the internet-based test is not conducted.
Sections - Four sections - reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Duration - Around 3 hours, with fixed time allotted for each section.
Break: After completion of reading and listening sections, there will be a 10-minute break.
Scoring: Reading and listening section will be scored by computers, and speaking and writing section by humans.
TOEFL Test Pattern 2020
Number of Questions and duration
Questions: 30–40 questions
Duration - 54–72 minutes
Reading 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answering questions.
Duration - 41-57 minutes
Expressing an opinion on a familiar topic; speaking based on reading and listening tasks.
10 minutes BREAK
Questions: 4 tasks
Duration - 17 minutes
Writing essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; supporting an opinion in writing.
Questions: 2 tasks
Duration - 50 minutes
Candidates need to write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks, along with supporting the opinion in writing.
Total duration =
About 3 hours
The syllabus of TOEFL 2020 is released by ETS for all four sections - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. When preparing for the exam, one must refer to the TOEFL 2020 syllabus to learn which topics are important and which aren’t. The Reading Section of the TOEFL comprises reading passages from university-level textbooks; there could be 3-4 passages each 700-word long. In the Writing section, one will be given 2 writing tasks, including an Integrated writing task. The candidate has to complete all the sections on the same day.
TOEFL Sample Paper 2020
ETS will release sample papers of TOEFL for prospective test takers so that the applicant may practice them and get ready for the exam. Alongside the TOEFL 2020 sample papers, ETS has various other free exam preparation resources like practice tests, interactive online courses, and practice sets that one can use to prepare for the computer-based TOEFL exam. The TOEFL sample papers 2020 will contain questions that are similar to the ones asked in the actual exam, and so solving them will give one an idea about types of questions asked, distribution of questions, important topics, etc.
TOEFL Preparation Tips
Considering the TOEFL 2020 is made up of four parts — reading, listening, speaking, and writing, the preparation strategy has to take into account the pattern and uniqueness of each section. For example, when preparing for the listening section, one may listen to broadcasts and watch English movies or TV series, while concentrating on pronunciation, intonation and stress, and get physical, which means to utter the words physically. The speaking section would also include some of the same practices of the listening section, but there will be more speaking exercises. Meanwhile for the writing section, make it a habit to take notes when reading, read, and do research.
TOEFL Participating Institutes 2020
Scores of the TOEFL iBT test are accepted by more than 11,000 universities spread across 150 countries. These universities that accept TOEFL scores can be called participating institutes of TOEFL 2020. Each TOEFL 2020 participating institute is designated a code, which the candidate has to select if they want to share TOEFL scores with them. The university code of the TOEFL participating institute can be obtained from the university code list published by ETS.
Among popular English-speaking countries where universities use TOEFL iBT for admission purposes include the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and France.
ETS and the TOEFL Board jointly will offer fourteen TOEFL grants and awards for TOEFL 2020. These grants and grants will be given under the following categories, including:
TOEFL Young Students Series (YSS) Research Grants
TOEFL Awards (by application)
TOEFL Awards (by nomination), etc.
The scholarship amount and eligibility criteria for each of these TOEFL scholarships is different, so the applicant needs to learn about the scholarship they are applying for beforehand. The TOEFL 2020 scholarships should be a motivation for applicants to take the English language proficiency test.
TOEFL Result 2020
The candidate will be able to view their TOEFL iBT 2020 result cum scores approximately 6 days from test date through their ETS accounts. Availability of TOEFL 2020 scores will notified to candidates through their registered email IDs.
TOEFL 2020 scores are valid for a period of two years. The candidate would be able to download a PDF copy of their scores through ETS accounts; PDF score reports are generally ready for download within 8 days of the test. To receive TOEFL 2020 results or scores through mail, one has to request for a paper copy of the score report before taking the test.
If the applicant is not satisfied with their scores, they may take the TOEFL test any number of times; the only condition is there must be a 12-day period between consecutive test dates.
TOEFL 2020 Result
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Total TOEFL Result
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How to send TOEFL Scores 2020
At the time of registration, the applicant can choose up to four destinations ( institution/agency) to send TOEFL score reports. After the test, the applicant can request additional score reports on payment of US$20 per institution or agency. Requests for additional score reports can be made through ETS account, by mail, and by fax.
Validity of TOEFL Scores 2020
TOEFL scores are valid for a period of two years from the test date. So, it is important the candidate applies for admission before expiry of the two-year period.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - TOEFL 2020
Question: When can I take the TOEFL 2020 exam?
The TOEFL exam is conducted more than 60 times a year, so the candidate may take the test almost any time they want.
Question: In what mode is the TOEFL test conducted?
The test is conducted in iBT (or computer-based) mode, known as TOEFL iBT. A paper-delivered mode is also available, but only for locations without internet access.
Question: What is the eligibility criteria of TOEFL 2020?
There is no specific TOEFL 2020 eligibility criteria, so the test can be taken by any individual. But please consult with the institute you are applying to as they may require minimum TOEFL cutoff scores.
Question: What sections are covered in TOEFL 2020 syllabus?
The syllabus of TOEFL 2020 will cover four sections - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Question: How can I know whether a test date or centre is available?
Go to the ETS website, and on location search bar enter test location and select a two-month period in which to take the test. Available test dates and centres for that period will be displayed on screen.
Question: What is the validity of TOEFL score?
The TOEFL iBT score will be valid for a period of two years from the date of the exam.
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Books for SAT
- The Official SAT Study Guide.
- Barron's New SAT (28th Edition)
- SAT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective SAT Strategies Ever Published.
- Princeton Review 500+ Practice Questions for the new SAT.
- Cracking the New SAT Premium 2016 Edition.
BOOKS FOR TOEFL
- Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test (iBT Edition
- Vocabulary and Grammar for the TOEFL Test
- Oxford Preparation for the TOEFL iBT Exam
- NorthStar Building Skills for the TOEFL iBT
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Are the marks of both SAT and TOEFL/IELTS required to take admission abroad in Bsc of physics? And if both are required then what should be their respective scores to get a cinfirm admission in an institue? What minimum marks are required to get admission in top institutes abroad?
For getting admission in Bachelors of Science (BS) Physics major, one need to follow the given steps:
- You need to apply for SAT and qualify
- You also need to qualify TOEFL/IELTS as they are language proficiency test which clears that the candidate can understand the Foreign language
- Apply to particular colleges you wish
For SAT an ideal score to be eligible for US colleges would be more than 1570. And for TOEFL your score should lie between 90-100 for higher chances of selection. Rest depends upon your Profile and SOP.
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What is the score required in GRE and TOEFL for Masters in Data science in Carnegie Mellon university?
There is no definite cutoff score. There is no assurance of getting an admit from CMU even if a student has a perfect score of 340. The decision depends on a variety of factors. A GRE score above 325 would be a decent bet for CMU. However, the GRE score needs to be complemented by a balanced profile, strong letters of recommendation and a well-written SOP
A good CGPA, relevant research projects and publications, internships, previous academic records, and work experience also contributes greatly.
As far as TOEFL is concerned, even the bare minimum should be enough. It is only a proof of your knowledge in English.
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If you wants to take admission in abroad then you must qualified in GMAT or TOEFL and admission based on your marks and ranks .As per your query there are lots of college offer PGDM course in abroad .