TOEFL is a Test of English as a Foreign Language and is one of the most respected tests of English as a foreign language. This is considered as one of the most comprehensive academic tests available in the world. There are a huge number of colleges and universities especially in New Zealand that accept TOEFL as a part of their criteria for admissions set for the international candidates. This test measures the ability of the candidates, who come from non-English speaking regions, to use and understand the English language as it is heard, read, written and spoken in an academic setting.
Who needs TOEFL?
This test is basically designed considering the candidates who want to prove their abilities to work in an English environment. TOEFL is also a validity checker used by the government agencies, recruitment agencies, international companies and other institutions. The score of this exam is also used as criteria to award scholarship. It is administered by around four thousand plus accredited test centers in all over the world.
What is contained in the TOEFL?
Majority of these test centers nowadays use the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). In the areas where iBT is still not available, this test is taken on a paper. Both, internet-based and paper-based exam analyze the same things but using a slightly varying format. TOEFL exam administered via internet is offered for more than 50 times a year. A candidate can sit for a TOEFL exam for more than six times in a year.
There are four sections in TOEFL Test model, namely, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, which take a total of about four and a half hours to finish. During the test, the candidates are asked to carry out tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:
a) Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
b) Listen and then speak in response to a question
c) Read, listen and then write in response to a question
The test is approximately four hours long. All four sections can be either taken on one day or the Speaking section can be taken within a week before or after the other three tests, depending upon the test center. Note-taking is allowed during the test to make it easier for test takers to answer the questions correctly.
- Listening: Two conversations that involve two or more speakers in each Four lectures, which comprise classroom discussion.
- Reading: Three to five reading passages followed by comprehension questions which the candidate has to answer.
- Writing: Two writing tasks are given which applicants have to finish within a given time period.
- Speaking: 6 questions, where you have to speak about something you have read or heard.
The questions are designed to reflect the kind of tasks which you will be asked to perform at the college level.
Advantages of Taking TOEFL Test
This is an English language fluency test accepted by over 6,000 institutions which are spread across 110 countries in the world. Almost every institute in an English speaking country such as New Zealand, use the TOEFL score to check whether the non-English speaking candidates can be actually admitted to their study programmes or not. This test is used to check the ability of these candidates to enter a graduate school and receive scholarships.
How to register for TOEFL in New Zealand?
This is a major issue concerning many individuals who don’t know that the application for TOEFL can be so simple. A candidate is all required to get the TOEFL information bulletin from the Prometric Testing Services and the USEFI where it is provided for free. Or the candidate can also request the bulletin from Infozee which will be delivered at their corresponding address. A candidate can easily register for the TOEFL exam in three ways:
• Via Phone
• Via Mail/Courier
• Via Fax
You can register online at the ETS website
, via phone or via mail. Registration forms cannot be faxed.
Phone and Online registrations require a legitimate credit card. Standard registration shuts seven days prior to the test date (excluding the day of the test). Late registration (which incurs an additional fee of US$35) shuts three days prior to the test date (excluding the day of the test).
To register via phone, you can call up on 61 2 9640 5899.
To register via mail, you need to get the TOEFL iBT Registration Bulletin, which can be downloaded from the ETS website
The registration form has to be submitted at ETS as a minimum of four weeks prior to your test date.
TOEFL Registration Fees
The fee for taking the TOEFL iBT in New Zealand is US$245.
Unlike other tests taken for checking the English ability of a candidate, TOEFL is held all around the year. So, a candidate can select the date and time for the exam as per preference. Read about International Tests