About the TOEFL iBT® Test

The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country. In addition to the test, the ETS TOEFL Program provides tools and guides to help you prepare for the test and improve your English language skills.


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.


Who Takes the TOEFL Test?

More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

  • Students planning to study at a higher education institution
  • English-language learning program admissions and exit
  • Scholarship and certification candidates
  • English-language learners who want to track their progress
  • Students and workers applying for visas


Who Accepts TOEFL Test Scores?

More than 9,000 colleges, agencies, and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. For more information, including using your scores to satisfy visa requirements in Australia and the United Kingdom, how to find institutions that accept TOEFL scores, and more, see Who Accepts TOEFL Scores.


Where and When Can I Take the TOEFL iBT Test?

The TOEFL test has more test dates (more than 50 per year) and locations than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in 12 days. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment.


What Does the TOEFL iBT Test Cost?

The cost of the test can range from US$160 to US$250 and varies between countries. For information on registration, fees, test dates, and locations, select your test location.


TOEFL iBT® Test Content
The TOEFL iBT® test is given in English and administered via the Internet. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete.


Combining All Four Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

  • During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:
  • Read, listen, and then speak in response to a question
  • Listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Read, listen, and then write in response to a question


TOEFL iBT Test Sections

SectionTime LimitQuestionsTasks
Reading*60–80 minutes36–56 questionsRead 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening60–90 minutes34–51 questionsListen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, and then answer questions.
Break10 minutes
Speaking20 minutes6 tasksExpress an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing50 minutes2 tasksWrite essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.


The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that do not count toward your score. These are either questions that enable ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions.

Please read the timing instructions for the Reading Section carefully. The instructions will indicate how many passages you will receive and the amount of time you have to respond to questions for those passages. Be sure to pace yourself so that you have time to answer all the questions.

A standard English language (QWERTY) computer keyboard is used for the test. We recommend that you practice typing on a QWERTY keyboard before taking the test.


How to register for the TOEFL iBT® Test?

  • Step 1: Create a profile or log in if you already have a TOEFL account on the following link.
  • Step 2: On My Home Page, under My Tests, select Register for a Test
  • Step 3: Under Select Product Type, click TOEFL test, then Continue
  • Step 4: Under Important Test Registration Information – Terms and Conditions, select I agree to the terms and conditions described above as well as the ETS Terms of Use and Privacy and Security Policy
  • Step 5: Register for a Test:
  1. Choose a location to take the test, select Macedonia, and under Region, select Skopje
  2. Select from available test dates, select Start Test Date  and End Test Date, and then click Search
  3. Select a Test Center, choose University American College Skopje (STN15068C), and choose one of the preferred test dates:
  • Step 6: Under Reservation Summary, click Continue
  • Step 7: Enter Identification (ID) Information – fill in the required fields: Passport or National ID number
  • Step 8: Under Score Reporting References, choose the preferred score reporting preference
  • Online score report ONLY or
  • Online score report AND a paper copy mailed to you


Note: Your online scores will be available approximately 10 days after the test.


If during the registration process, you have requested that your TOEFL iBT test scores be sent to a postal address/addresses, please bear in mind that they will be delivered approximately a month after the test date.

  • Step 9: Complete the remaining steps of the registration process as indicated on each screen


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