Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ) is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities.

TOEFL is one of the most popular English proficiency exams accepted at American and Canadian universities and schools abroad. 

The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS.

TOEFL is a trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the tests. ETS issues official score reports which are sent independently to institutions and are valid for two years following the test.

TOEFL Eligibility 2021

To appear for the exam, ETS did not mention any mandatory eligibility criteria for TOEFL. Before registering, candidates must go through certain guidelines as mentioned on the official website. ETS did not mention any age limit for the applicant. As per educational eligibility, candidates must pass out a higher school degree.

TOEFL Exam Pattern 2021

As TOEFL is a language proficiency test, mostly the ETS TOEFL measures the language skills of the candidates through the following sections : 


  • TOEFL Reading – In TOEFL Reading, candidates will have to read 3-4 passages of 700 words and answer 30-40 questions that include 10 types of questions.
  • TOEFL Writing – TOEFL writing section comprises two tasks – TOEFL integrated and TOEFL independent tasks.
  • TOEFL Listening – In TOEFL listening, candidates will have to attempt  28-39 questions within 41-57 minutes 
  • TOEFL Speaking – TOEFL speaking section comprises one independent and three integrated speaking tasks. 


TOEFL 2021: TOEFL Exam Key Highlights


Exam Name


TOEFL full form

Test of English as a Foreign Language

Official Website


Conducting body

ETS (Educational Testing Service)

Widely popular as

English language proficiency test

Generally accepted by

Universities in the USA and Canada

Mode of exam

Internet-based and Paper-based



TOEFL Paper-based test fee


Score Range

Reading: 0–30

Listening: 0–30

Speaking: 0–30

Writing: 0–30

TOEFL Helpline

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