The TOEFL PBT is a paper based test for English foreign learners. TOEFL scores are needed if you are not a native-speaker of English and want to apply to College or University where English is required (As usual educational establishments in Northern America, Canada and Western Europe). Each university or college has its own requirements concerning acceptable scores.
Paper based test is taken with a help of paper and pencil. It can be taken in one of centers that provide this service and are placed in the entire world. Today, Internet based test is the most common form of TOEFL. But there still are centers that are not ready to present iBT, therefore they present PBT.
The TOEFL PBT has three sections: reading comprehension, structure and written expression, and listening comprehension. The test also contains a writing portion, known as the Test of Written English.
Students read several passages and answer questions about them. The students' ability to understand and analyze the information in the passages and the meanings of specific words that are used in the passages are rated.
Structure and Written Expression
Students are tested on their ability to recognize structural and grammatical errors in sentences and on their ability to select the proper word or phrase to fill in the blank in a sentence.
Students listen to both short and long conversations and speeches and then answer questions about the recordings. This section tests students' ability to understand spoken English, including vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and grammatical constructions.
Test of Written English
Students write an essay in response to a given topic and be evaluated on the development, organization, language, and grammar of their writing.
TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. You will receive one printed score report and can ask ETS to send up to four score reports to institutions that you designate on test day. Your score report will contain feedback that indicates how you compare to other test takers in your performance range.
On the TOEFL PBT, the total scaled score range for the three main sections (reading comprehension, structure and written expression, and listening comprehension) is 310 to 677. The score scale for Reading Comprehension is 31 to 67. Listening Comprehension and Structure and Written Expression each have a score scale of 31 to 68. The Test of Written English is scored separately, on a scale from 1 to 6.
The TOEFL is given at a variety of times throughout the year. To find the latest information about Test Dates and to register for the test, apply now.
Some Locations offer the iBT version and other locations offer the PBT version. To find out which version is offered in your area and to locate a testing center, apply now.