TOEFL is a language proficiency test taken by candidates who desire to study abroad and acquire global exposure. The ETS, the organization that administers the TOEFL exam, has not established any exact eligibility criteria for the exam. It is mostly given to students who want to get into English-speaking universities, colleges, or educational institutions. The TOEFL exam is taken by those who have completed high school or the equivalent. Other than that, candidates must have a valid passport to show as proof of identity during the exam.

Because it is an English language proficiency test, students should always check the requirements of the specific college/university to which they are applying. This exam is compulsory for all students whose first language is not English. Universities in major English-speaking countries such as the United States and Canada demand students to prove their language proficiency in order to be admitted to their educational institutions. Apart from students, professionals take the TOEFL exam because it is required for obtaining a visa. Furthermore, the ETS, the authority that administers this exam, has set no age limit.

This exam is divided into four sections: reading, writing, listening and speaking, according to the TOEFL test pattern. Overall, the candidates’ performance is given a score of 120. Candidates can prepare for the TOEFL exam by using the recommended TOEFL Books and Resources for TOEFL.


Let’s have a look at some valid reasons for taking the TOEFL exam.

  • TOEFL is recognised by approximately 10,000 colleges, universities, and institutions in over 130 countries worldwide.
  • Candidates can take this test as many times as they want.
  • One of the most widely used language proficiency tests in the world.
  • The TOEFL score is valid for two years.

Eligibility Criteria for TOEFL Exam

First, you must know that the TOEFL test (both TOEFL-IBT and TOEFL-PBT) is open to all.

  • In order to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), you need to have passed in 10+2 from any recognised Indian Board or University.
  • If you are a high school student or are studying at a higher level you can take this test to get your TOEFL score. The test measures your proficiency in the English Language so that you can study and work in the United States. The
  • TOEFL score is mostly accepted by the institutions of the United States and outside.
  • Some of the Institutes do not ask for the TOEFL score from certain international applicants. These categories include:
  • Non-native speakers having degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  • Non-native speakers completed at least a two-year course of study where English was the language of instruction.
  • Students who have transferred from institutions in the United States or Canada having well-evaluated academic course work in relation to the demand and duration of the test.
  • If you are a non-native speaker and have taken the TOEFL test in the past two years.
  • If you are a non-native speaker and have successfully pursued academic work at English speaking schools in an English-speaking country for a specified period, usually of two years
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