TOEFL Sample Paper
Ranjini Basu, 16 May 2018, #TOEFL
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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:

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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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Should I take the TOEFL test in class 11th or 12th?

Aman Raj Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019


I think class 11th is most suitable for this condition as you don't want to mess up with the boards in class 12th so 11th is apt for this.

So, begin preparing for TOEFL and SAT together. SAT and TOEFL have a lot of similarities, except Speaking and listening in TOEFL and Maths in SAT.

3 months is more than enough time to prepare for both, in fact, if you already have elementary english perfected. TOEFL won't require more than a week. So don't worry for TOEFL.

SAT will take in reading skills that will demand your consistent concentration and focus. Maths in SAT is filthy easy! Just practice for 3 days straight and a 800 is guaranteed. Writing will also demand attention. So you need to work very hard to get 2000+. Afterall, You get scholarship on the basis of SAT. (there are other factors too).

Vocabulary will be a nagging topic (for me it was). And if you do it, you are half way through !

So, plan 3-months, when you work only for the SAT and the TOEFL. once cleared, get back to studies, work hard.


is it important to have maths in 12th and TOEFL/IELETS for MBA at NMIMS

Apurv 10th Oct, 2019

Hello Nitika, Yes, you do need mathematics as a subject in your 12th examinations if you are applying for MBA / MBA HR / MBA Decision Science & Analytics courses. Also you do need TOEFL/IELTS to prove your english proficiency. The minimum TOEFL score is 80 and minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Visit this official website for eligibility criteria:


what can i do after gmat result. is toefl exam occur after gmat result? can i have to apply for visa after gmat result?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

see you can give toefel exam any time. because almost every month toefel exam has slot. you need to just prepare yourself. and toefel exam has no link with gmat exam. you need to apply separately for toefel as it is a english language proficiency test. you can apply for visa after gmat exam. before applying do multiple checking of eligibility criteria and marks requirement, visa permit everything. it would be best if you take some professional help. please search in your city if there is any professional who help with visa application process.


Is it mandatory to take TOEFL or IELTS for the admission in NMIMS

Satyaki Chakraborty 18th Sep, 2019

Hi Sai Krishna,

First of all I need to know if you are talking about MBA/PGDM from NMIMS Mumbai/Bangalore/Hyderabad campus.

For admission to these 3 B-schools and pursuing MBA or PGDM in Business Management or HR Management you need to sit for NMAT by GMAC exam and crack it. There is no requirement of IELTS or TOEFL.

As far as NMAT is concerned it is held once a year, but the exam can be taken as per the candidate's suitable date within a window of around 2.5 months from October to mid of December. You also get to attempt the exam a maximum of three times as per your wish but you will have to pay everytime you take an attempt. The best of three scores are considered for you final selection. The exam is a non-negative marking exam. There are three sections in the NMAT exam. They are Quantitative Skills, Language Skills, and Logical Reasoning. There are in all 120 questions and 120 minutes to answer them. Although each of the section has fixed timings and a fixed number of questions.

Language Skills - 32 questions - 22 minutes

Quantitative Skills - 48 questions - 60 minutes

Logical Reasoning - 40 questions - 38 minutes

The sections can be ordered as per your convenience. If you prefer the CAT style then start with Language Skills and follow it up with the other two.

If you are someone who prefers Quants to Language skills, then it's best to start with Logical Reasoning, follow it up with Quantitative Skills and end with Language Skills. This is my personal favorite style as among the three sections, Logical Reasoning is the most taxing one and it's best to attempt it with a fresh mind. If you are average in Quants you can still ease through Quantitative Skills. Language Skills of NMAT is one of the easiest among other B-school entrance exams.

The entire exam is more of a test of speed. The level of questions are from easy to moderate with more of them being on the easier side. So, it's the speed that matters. Being a non-negative exam it becomes imperative that you don't leave any question. There is also no point in deliberating between two answers. Just mark one option and move to the next question. Don't think that you will come back to the question later on. Mark an option and mark the question for review and move on. If you get time you come back else let your luck have a go at it as you had already marked an option.

Now coming to the cutoffs.

NMIMS Bangalore and Hyderabad campus generally gives you a call with 185+ scores. 190 would be a safe score to expect a call for PGDM from those two campuses.

NMIMS Mumbai cutoffs go a bit higher. 207+ is a safe score to expect a call. So 210 onwards one should expect a call for sure for both MBA BM and HR from the Mumbai campus.

All three are pretty good campuses to pursue management education.

Please revert back for any further queries or help. Happy to help!!

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