TOEFL Sample Paper
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TOEFL Sample Paper: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) conducting body, Educational Testing Service (ETS®) have prepared and released the TOEFL sample papers for the prospective test takers. ETS offers a variety of practice materials to help the candidates prepare for the TOEFL iBT® test and build their English proficiency. The TOEFL sample paper aids in understanding how the TOEFL iBT test is structured and formatted. Interested candidates can find the TOEFL sample paper on this page. The sample paper covers all the required elements of the exam, including the sections and the practice tests.

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All about TOEFL:


TOEFL is a test conducted to evaluate a candidate’s English language proficiency. The test is taken by people whose native language is not English. More than 10,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores and TOEFL is conducted for more than 50 times a year at 4500 test centres in 165 countries worldwide. There are basically two formats of TOEFL- TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) and TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test). A candidate may retake a test as many times required. But one cannot appear for the test within 12 hrs of the previous exam taken. So, a candidate can opt for TOEFL Registration 2018 for a retake depending on his/her previous TOEFL Test Dates.


There are four sections in TOEFL Test 2018. They are- Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. Candidates receive individual scores for each section along with the overall TOEFL result. The pattern of TOEFL test is such that candidates are evaluated on the combination of all the parameters included in the TOEFL Syllabus, such as:


a) Read, listen and then speak in response to a question

b) Listen and then speak in response to a question

c) Read, listen and then write in response to a question


Below we have explained all four TOEFL Sections:


TOEFL Listening: The listening section involves listening to academic lectures, classroom discussions, conversations, and answering questions. The candidates need to be alert and active in the TOEFL listening section as they will have to later answer questions from the same section.

TOEFL Listening Practice Test
TOEFL Listening Practice Test

TOEFL Reading: According to the TOEFL syllabus, the reading section comprises reading three or four passages from school textbooks and answering questions pertaining to it. Students can prepare this section by practising reading passages from books or papers. The test includes passages which can be from anywhere. The reading section checks the reading ability of the candidate.

TOEFL Reading Practice Test
TOEFL Reading Practice Test

TOEFL Speaking: While in the speaking section, as per the TOEFL Syllabus, candidates are asked to express their opinion on certain topics. They have to speak based on the listening and reading tasks. Here the candidate's understanding ability is tested. Basically, candidates are required to explain what they have just read.

TOEFL Speaking Practice Test

TOEFL Writing: In this section, candidates are required to write essay responses based on Reading and Listening tasks. Post which, candidates also have to support their answer or opinion in writing. To crack this section, the test taker must be well informed.

TOEFL Writing Practice Test

TOEFL takes a total of about four and a half hours to complete. It is imperative to understand the exam pattern of TOEFL thoroughly so that the prospective test takers can plan their preparation likewise. The table mentioned below projects the exam pattern of TOEFL exam.


TOEFL Test Pattern 



Time Limit



36–56 questions

60–80 minutes

Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.


34–51 questions

60–90 minutes

Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, answer questions.


6 tasks

20 minutes

Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.


2 tasks

50 minutes

Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

The TOEFL sample paper provided for free download here is based on all the four sections- Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.


Since March 2013, the Listening and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT test include other native-speaker English accents in addition to accents from North America. Candidates might hear accents from the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia. 


Other organisations that accept TOEFL scores are as the following:- 

  • Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas.
  • Medical and licensing agencies use TOEFL scores for professional certification purposes.
  • Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English.


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can you please inform me how to apply for IELTS and TOEFL exams

Charvi Nayyar 7th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant

you can register for IELTS exam in the following way:

1. you can register online and pay the fees by credit card (Log on to and Select the option "Register for IELTS" and fill the necessary information).

2.  register in person at idp branch and pay the fees there. identical to the first option.

3. register by courier and pay test fee by demand draft.

you can register for TOEFL exam by online means and or by email or by phone. you can also register in person at a toefl resource center. you will be basically required to visit and create an online profile and then pay the exam fees.

hope this helps


Dear Sir/Mam, I want to do MS in UK in January 2021. Do i have to give both IELTS and TOEFL exams or either? I dont know when and how to start preparation. please Help. Thanks

Mayank Chowdhary 2nd Feb, 2020

Giving either of them is ok actually. And for preparations then if you plan to shift in 2021 try to give the exam in around November 2020 if possible and to start it's preparations, as per me it's a 3 months regular studies required to crack the same. So you can start in around July/August to be well prepared to give the exam.

Either the IELTS or the TOEFL is required as part of your application to an English-speaking university and will demonstrate if you will be able to understand the course material.

The IELTS and TOEFL exams are two of the most accepted English proficiency exams around the world. However, both of these tests are different in their structure, approach, and teaching criteria. This means that you need to understand how the two differ before selecting which test to study for and ultimately take.

Thank you.


Dear Sir/Mam, I want to do MS in UK. But cost of study is Expensive. Does scoring good in IELTS and TOEFL helps to reduce the amount of cost ? what else option do i get in order to get admission in UK in minimum cost ? Please Help Me !!

Harshit sethi 1st Feb, 2020

All the foreign Universities offer a scholarship which is on the basis of meriat and need basis . You should try to look for it and inform the competent authority about it . They would help you in every way . They also offers 100 % scholarship to merit and need basis students.

This would help you to study abroad.


What is purpose of toefl exam???

Khusji 14th Jan, 2020


The purpose of the TOEFL iBT test is to evaluate the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English. TOEFL iBT scores are primarily used as a measure of the ability of international students to use English in an academic environment.



how much does it cost overall to study PhD biochemistry at mit uk. and wat should be my GRE and TOEFL/ IELTS scores ?

Ameya Narendra Parkar 13th Jan, 2020
Dear Aishwarya,
I would like to tell you that PhD in biology is available at MIT, in that you can choose your research area as biochemistry.
PhDs are usually full funded but if theres any tuition fee present then your PI can only tell you about that.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Minimum score required: 6.5
Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Minimum score required: 90 (iBT) 577 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 35

I hope this information helps you

all the best

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