The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Exam is intended to measure a student’s ability to understand and use English at a college level. Over 6,000 colleges, government organizations, and businesses accept TOEFL test scores worldwide.
The TOEFL Test serves a similar function to other standardized tests (such as SAT and ACT Tests) in that they used by colleges and universities as a factor in admissions.
Different institutions place varying degrees of importance on standardized tests, such as the TOEFL, and use them along with other factors such as GPA, class rank, community service, recommendations and extracurricular activities.
The TOEFL test is given in two formats: Internet-based (iBT) or paper-based (PBT). The TOEFL iBT has 4 test sections: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The TOEFL iBT takes about four and a half hours to complete. The TOEFL paper-based test is being phased out. Currently, over 96% of TOEFL tests are taken via the internet.