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TOEFL 2012 Overview

by Gloria Arze-Bravo

TOEFL 2012 PBT & iBT: A Brief Overview

If you are planning to study abroad, the TOEFL 2012 is the one test that can take you anywhere.

In fact, more institutions accept TOEFL test scores than any other test in the world - more than 8,500 colleges, universities and licensing agencies in 130 countries. With more than 4,500 test centers in 165 countries, taking the test is convenient and easy.

What is the TOEFL PBT Test?
The TOEFL PBT Test is a paper-based test that measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write English while performing academic tasks.

What is the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

Reasons to Take the TOEFL Test 2012

  • Choices - No matter where in the world you want to study, the TOEFL test can help get you there. You will be eligible for admission to virtually any institution in the world - including the top colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. A directory of these institutions is listed on the attached reference material.
  • Convenience - The TOEFL test gives you more flexibility on when, where and how often you can take the test, and more practice tools and feedback, than any other English-language test in the world.
  • Relevance - The TOEFL test helps prove you have the English skills you will actually use in an academic classroom. Because the test is composed of 100% academic questions and tasks, many universities consider it the most appropriate test to use when making admissions decisions.

Getting Your TOEFL Scores

If you took the PBT exam, you will receive a TOEFL test results package which includes:

  • 1 test taker's score report
  • Up to 4 official score reports, which are sent by ETS directly to institutions or agencies that you select

If you took the iBT exam, you will find your TOEFL test results online.

Earning a Score on the TOEFL iBT

To earn a score on the TOEFL iBT test, you must do all of the following:

  • Answer at least 1 question in the Reading section
  • Answer at least 1 question in the Listening section
  • Write at least 1 essay in the Writing section
  • Finish at least 1 task in the Speaking section

You will receive a score on each section and a total score for the entire test. You will also receive feedback on your performance and a description of tasks that test takers can do within the score range for each level.

For more detailed information on what your score means, see the Performance Feedback Brochure included in this lesson's reference material.

Score reports are mailed approximately 13 days after your test date.

Earning a Score on the TOEFL PBT

To earn a score on the TOEFL PBT, you must do all of the following:

  • Answer at least 1 question in Listening Comprehension
  • Answer at least 1 question in (Reading Comprehension
  • Answer at least 1 question in Structure and Written Expression
  • Write a TWE essay

You will receive a score on each section and a total score for the entire test.

Each correct answer counts equally toward the score for that section. There is no penalty for wrong answers. The total number of correct answers is called the "raw score." Your score for the TWE test is reported separately and is not part of your total score.

Note: Some questions in the test may not count toward the section or total scores.

There is no passing or failing score. Score requirements are established by individual institutions and agencies. TOEFL PBT Scores are valid for 2 years.

Score reports are mailed approximately 5 weeks after your test date.

(adapted from material available at the official TOEFL site)

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    Bhawna_2015
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    Bhawna_2015Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:05:31 -0000

    i m currenlty doing btect , i wnt to go to usa after completng my btect for any network course .suggest me some top university name which give me scholarship also .

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    hiskyThu, 28 Mar 2013 07:55:24 -0000

    hi i have completed my mtech. in cse and interested to do phd in comp. science in usa . what are the necessary things i have to do .

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    juhitFri, 17 Jun 2011 15:50:44 -0000

    hi! I'll be completing my under-graduation from St. Stephen's College,Delhi University this year. It's a three year course that am pursuing i.e. B.A. Economics(H). I wish to pursue MBA from Cambridge university,UK. I wanted to know as to what all requirements i need to fulfill in order to gain admission in the aforementioned university!
    Awaiting response in earnest.

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    Lord Akporh SowahFri, 10 Jun 2011 15:47:05 -0000

    I am graduate from the University of Ghana,Legon with a First Class Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science hoping to pursue a masters programme in Democracy and Conflict studies

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    anjaliakanSat, 26 Mar 2011 07:24:59 -0000

    i am hotel management student and wants to go abroad for job

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    mohamed faisalSat, 10 Jan 2009 14:21:33 -0000

    i want to ms from aus

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    SureshThu, 29 Jan 2009 18:53:16 -0000

    Dear faisal,

    In order to do MS in Australia you have to clear IELTS. For more information on IELTS click here

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    angelashaTue, 30 Dec 2008 14:52:23 -0000

    i'll be going to texas,u.s sometime in 2010?
    hw many times cn i appear for toefl exam?

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    SureshThu, 29 Jan 2009 18:44:06 -0000

    Dear angelasha,

    One can appear only once in a calendar month and a maximum of five times a year.ETS will transmit all the available scores but generally universities accept your best score.

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    vikas_nv09Fri, 26 Dec 2008 09:16:03 -0000

    i wanted to mba from usa

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    SureshThu, 29 Jan 2009 18:38:53 -0000

    Dear vikas,

    If you are looking to get into the top B-Schools in US you need to have a minimum of 2 years work experience. Of course there are some good schools which give admission even for the freshers but I would say that they are very few and the chances of getting admissions are quite low unless otherwise you have extra ordinary academic profile. In addition to this you have to take GMAT and your GMAT score also plays a crucial role in getting admissions. To learn more about GMAT join our GMAT Prep Community. This community features number of lessons, tests and discussions which will help you to crack GMAT. So I suggest you to join this community and follow the lessons in the community on a regular basis. For any personal queries you can go through our Ask the Experts section

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    vikas_nv09Fri, 26 Dec 2008 09:08:56 -0000

    i like this a lot. i was scared that from where would i get some information about toefl but this help me a lot

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    Nilesh ShitoleFri, 05 Dec 2008 03:45:45 -0000

    I am Nilesh , Is tofell will help me in my professional life ?

    I am network engineer. I want to work in abroad.

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    May LWed, 10 Dec 2008 19:55:13 -0000

    Hi there Nilesh,

    I'm glad to hear that you're interested in working abroad!

    In terms of taking the TOEFL exam, you only need to take this test if you are applying to study abroad. Were you planning on continuing your studies? Also, whereabouts would you like to work? In America or Canada? Keep in mind that different countries have varying paperwork requirements.

    In the meantime, I suggest you join LearnHub's Working Abroad community. Here you'll be able to access a bunch of material and network with other members who share your interests.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks!

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