TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

What is TOEFL?
  • The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, measures a test taker's ability to combine listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, making it the most comprehensive English-language proficiency test. With unmatched scoring procedures and security measures, the TOEFL® test is the industry standard in English-language assessment.

  • The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, contains 100 percent academic content created by working with institutions to identify the English-language demands faced by non-native English speakers.

  • It simulates actual tasks from classrooms — from comprehending a lecture to participating in discussions and extracurricular activities.

  • Our researchers recorded examples of classroom teaching, study groups and student interactions at several institutions. They collected textbooks and packets from students’ courses and compiled their findings into a language database called a "corpus." The language used in the TOEFL iBT test closely reflects what is used in everyday academic settings.

  • This ensures your applicants are equipped with the skills students need in a higher education classroom. Students who score well on the TOEFL iBT test are prepared for success at your institution and to go further in their careers.

  • The TOEFL iBT test uses integrated tasks to measure all four skills students need to communicate: reading, listening, speaking and writing. Students may read a passage, listen to a lecture, assimilate what they have learned and then speak or write just as they do in a classroom.

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate

  • Candidates in the second or higher year of Four-year integrated Master’s degree programs (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology.

  • Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering/Technology.

  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by iE(i), AMICE(i) by the institute of Civil Engineers (India)-iCE(i)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.
Application Fees
Item Application Fee
Registration US$170
Late registration US$40
Rescheduling US$60
Reinstatement of canceled scores US$20
Additional score reports (per institution or agency) US$19 each
Speaking or Writing Section score review US$80
Speaking and Writing Section score review US$160


  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • The above amounts are exclusive of the Value Added or similar taxes set out in the attached information about taxes (PDF).

TOEFL Syllabus
Section Time Limit Questions Tasks Detailed Activity
Reading 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions. This section of the TOEFL Syllabus 2016 involves reading 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answering questions. Candidates can prepare for this part by practicing reading passages from books or papers. The passages in the test can be from anywhere. In this section, only reading ability of the candidate will be checked.
Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, answer questions. According to the TOEFL 2016 Syllabus, this section involves listening to lectures, classroom discussions & conversations and answer questions. The candidate has to be alert and active in this part of the exam as they will be later asked questions from the sessions.
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks. As per the syllabus of TOEFL 2016, in this section, candidates will have to express an opinion on a familiar topic. He/she will have to speak based on the reading and listening tasks. The candidates understanding ability will be tested here. Basically, you have to explain what you have read.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing. In this section of the TOEFL Syllabus 2016, candidates will have to write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks. The candidate will also have to support an opinion in writing. The candidate should be informed in order to crack this section.