About the TOEFL® Test

Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL) is a standardised test to measure non-native speakers’ English Language ability wishing to enrol in English-speaking universities. This test is accepted by many international English-speaking academic and professional institutions and is a trademark of the Educational Testing Service. TOEFL with IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world.

The TOEFL® test is delivered via the internet and will assess the test taker’s ability in listening, speaking and writing skills in the English Language. It is the most comprehensive English-language proficiency test with its unmatched scoring procedures. Security measures are also taken during the tests to make sure it meets industry standard in English-language assessment.

TOEFL® Overview

  • Backed by over 4 decades of world-renowned research
  • Recognized by more than 10,000 individual institutions worldwide
  • The most widely available academic English-proficiency test in the world
  • A highly reliable measure of English-language proficiency
  • Validated by more than 50 years of world-class, scholarly research
  • Built to the highest psychometric standards

Blue Mountain will ensure you get the best test preparation by providing with supporting materials and studies and mock tests to build up your confidence and skills. Our instructors will also make sure that they revise all their work so that you can be familiar with TOEFL® structure. This will then help to take the test and to be sure that you get a good grade. Learning in a group makes sure that you learn from each other such as common grammar or vocabulary mistakes in the English language. Or you can opt for just the partaking of the test by learning the course at home.

Currently, Nepal provides the TOEFL® iBT (internet Based Test) which will be held in various locations around Kathmandu. The TOEFL® test will be 4 hours long and will consist of 4 sections and each will measure the basic language skills of the English Language. All the tasks of the test will focus on language that will be used in an academic, higher-education environment. The TOEFL® test will be conducted in the following 4 sections stated below:


The Reading section will consist of questions based on 3-5 passages which will be approximately 700 words long. Students partaking the test will be required to answer questions, filling out tables or completing summaries of the given passages. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge of the test subject matter to get write down the correct answer. The passage will be on academic topics and can contain materials that might be found in an undergraduate university textbook. Students should be able to understand the rhetorical functions such as cause-effect, compare-contrast and argumentation that can be evident in the language of the given passages. Basically, they would be required to answer questionnaires focused on the main ideas, inferences, essential information, sentence insertion, vocabulary, rhetorical purposes and overall ideas in those passages.


The Listening section will consist of questions of 6 passages which will be recitals of 3-5 minutes during the listening period. The passages include pre-recording of 2 student conversations and 4 academic lectures/discussions. These pre-recorded played student conversations can involve a student and either a professor or campus service providers. During these recording, test takers can take notes about the conversations being played. Then, they can use those notes to answer the questions that will be asked after the conversation ends. Each conversation will only be played once, hence, test takers must be truly focused on listening. 5 questions will be asked from each student conversations and 6 questions from each academic lecture/discussion. The questions are structured to understand and test the test takers’ ability to understand main ideas, important details, implications, relationships between ideas, the organization of information, each individual speaker’s purpose and attitude.


The Speaking Section will consist of six tasks, two of which will be independent and four are integrated tasks. In the two independent speaking tasks, the test takers will be asked to answer opinion questions on familiar and popular topics. Their evaluation will be done on the basis of the ability of their spontaneous speech strength and also on how they can convey their ideas by being clear and logical. In two of the integrated speaking tasks, test-takers will read a short passage, listen to an academic course lecture or a conversation about campus life. Then, they need to answer a question about the text or speech by combining appropriate information. Then the two remaining tasks will have them listening to an academic course lecture or campus life conversation and give their response to the questions based on them. In the integrated speaking tasks, test-takers will be given short preparation time before they have to speak. All their responses will be digitally recorded and evaluated by 3-6 raters which will be sent to ETS’s Online Scoring Network (OSN). The Speaking sections tasks are to evaluate and rate them on their ability to appropriately summarise and relay their understanding of the listening and reading material provided.


The Writing Section will measure the test taker’s ability to write in an academic setting in two individual writing tasks. One will be integrated and the other will be independent writing tasks. Test takers will be reading based on an academic topic and will listen to a discussion conducted by a speaker in the integrated writing tasks. They will then be required to write a summarised viewpoint of the listening passage while explaining why they relate in context to the leading passage they read beforehand. In the independent writing task, the test takers must write an essay each that will state their opinion or choice with explanations rather than simply listing out their personal preferences or choices. Their essays will then be sent to ETS OSN and evaluated by at least 3 different raters.

Task Description Approximate time
Reading 3–5 passages, each containing 12–14 questions 60–80 minutes
Listening 6–9 passages, each containing 5–6 questions 60–90 minutes
Break Mandatory break 10 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks 20 minutes
Writing 2 tasks 50 minutes

The TOEFL® test will be carried out in time periods as stated in the table above. One of the sections of the test will, however, contain at an extra, uncounted material. For example, if the test takers receive an extra passage while they are taking their test sections, they must do it. They also must give equal effort to it as none will be predetermined as to which the raters will be deemed counted to their band score. The extra material will be considered as pilot test questions for future test forms by the Educational Testing Service.

Accepted TOEFL Scores

The minimum TOEFL scores accepted by an international university is 61 – 110 in Bowling Green State University and University of Oxford respectively. These scores are only one factor that most international universities and colleges consider when accepting admission for international students. Hence, they accept a minimum TOEFL score band when considering the students’ admissions.

TOEFL Score Score Description
118-120 Expert User
115-117 || 110-114 Very Good User
102-109 || 94-101 Good User
79-93 || 60-78 Competent User
42-59 || 35-41 Modest User
32-34 Limited User
0-31 Extremely Limited/Intermittent/Non User

The TOEFL test Score is valid for the next 2 years and it is accepted in most international universities. You can visit us in hopes of test preparation classes and test booking information. We pledge to give our students the best possible course infrastructure from lessons to mock tests to booking dates for TOEFL iBT (internet Based Tests).