TOEFL iBT Explanations

According to Abbreviationfinder, TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. And TOEFL iBT stands for TOEFL Internet Based Testing.

General Information

The purpose of the test is to assess the level of English proficiency of people whose language is different. The TOEFL is an admission requirement for more than 6000 universities around the world.

The exam is administered online and you have to go to an authorized center to take it.

Note: Currently, in Latin America the official TOEFL can only be presented in the Internet mode; of paper and pencil; the computer version has been discontinued.


Structure of the exam

The TOEFL iBT lasts approximately four hours and includes four sections:

Reading Comprehension (Reading) measures the ability to understand short readings similar to academic texts used in colleges and universities in North America.
Listening Comprehension measures the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America in an academic sense.
Oral (Speaking) measures the ability to speak English in an academic context.
Writing measures the ability to write in English based on an assigned topic.
(This section is the equivalent of the previously used TWE Written English Test.)
Each section of the exam has a time limit. The computer will signal you when the section begins and ends. Some tasks measure your ability to combine some of the above skills on the TOEFL iBT. For example: 1) read, listen, and say your answer to a question; 2) listen, and say your answer to a question; 3) read, listen, and write your answer to a question.


The cost of the TOEFL iBT is US $ 155 and payment must be made at the time of registration. This price may change without prior notice.

How to register

Online: Register at , you must create an account on this page and within the account you can see the available dates and pay for the exam. Payment must be made using an international credit card: American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, and VISA. The credit card does not necessarily have to be in your name, you can use that of another person with whom you make prior arrangements.

By phone: Call 001-443-751-4995 (Maryland, USA). When you register for the exam, you will be given a registration number. Bring that number to the center on the day of the exam. They will also give you a date and the address of the center where you must appear.

By mail: Complete the International Test Scheduling Form, which is provided in the center of the newsletter, or at

Be sure to indicate your first five chosen dates per month and day, the name of the application center and the city where you want to take the exam. The forms of payment are check or money order, in dollars. Send the form with the corresponding payment to:

Thomson Prometric
Latin America & Caribbean RRC
3110 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21244 USA

The confirmation number, exam date, schedule, application center, and instructions regarding forms of identification will be mailed or faxed to you.

Score and results

You will receive your results from the four sections presented and a total score as follows:

Reading (0-30)
Listening (0-30)
Speaking (0-30)
Writing (0-30)
Total Store (0-120)

TOEFL iBT test results will be available online 15 days after test day, then a hard copy will be mailed to you and designated colleges. You must have your username and password to view your results online.

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR RESULTS AT THE END OF THE EXAM. Your results will be sent to the address you indicate.

You can request additional results online through the TOEFL registration site or by filling out the Score Report Request Form. The cost for each additional result is US $ 17.

Each institution decides for itself which score is acceptable for admission purposes. In general terms, for the undergraduate level, universities consider a range of 61-88 for the iBT version, which is equivalent to 173-230 in the CBT version and between 500-570 points in the paper and pencil version. For graduate studies, universities consider a range of 88-100 for the iBT, equivalent to 230-250 on the CBT and 570-600 for the paper and pencil version. This depends and varies according to the selected universities and the program you decide to study.


The TOEFL test is valid for 2 years, if after this time you require a copy of your results, it will not be possible to obtain them and it will be necessary for you to take the test again.

Application centers

The complete list of TOEFL application centers and specific dates for each can be found by visiting: Look for the information on the registration page, because ETS is adding and changing new official centers that administer the TOEFL iBT test.

Preparation material

You can rent study material with us, it has a cost of $ 200 pesos a week.