The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to communicate in English in an academic setting. It accurately measures how well students can read, listen, speak and write in English in the college or university classroom.

Test takers have up to 4 hours to complete the TOEFL iBT test. The test has 4 sections: Reading; measures the ability to understand academic reading material written in English. Listening; measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities. Speaking; measures the ability to speak English in an academic context. Writing; measures the ability to write in English in a way that is appropriate for college and university course work.

The test is delivered via the Internet at secure, ETS-approved test centers. It emphasizes integrated skills and helps confirm that you are ready to communicate your ideas about what you will read and listen to in your academic courses. Integrated tasks require you to combine more than one skill. You’ll be asked to: Read, listen, and then speak in response to a question. Listen and then speak in response to a question. Read, listen, and then write in response to a question.

Each section of the test has a time limit. If you finish a section early, you can go on to the next section, but you cannot go back to a section you have already completed or for which time has been called. However, in the Reading section you can go back within the section during the time allotted for it. There is a mandatory 10-minute break midway through the testing session.

You should work quickly but carefully on the Listening and Reading sections. Some questions are more difficult than others, but try to answer every one to the best of your ability. If you are not sure of the answer to a question, make the best guess that you can. The questions in the Speaking and Writing sections are each separately timed. Try to answer every one of these questions as completely as possible in the time allowed. For the Speaking and Writing sections, respond only on the assigned topic. If you respond on a different topic, your response will not be scored.

-Information taken from 2012-2013 TOEFL iBT Bulletin -

TOEFL iBT Exam Format

Reading 60-80 minutes 3-5 passages, 12-14 questions each Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 60-90 minutes 34-51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Break 10 minutes -- --
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

Online Registration

Register online at using a credit/debit card, a PayPal account, an electronic check, or a TOEFL voucher

Telephone Registration

Call Prometric Services at 1-443-751-4862 or 1-800-468-6335. Credit/debit card or voucher number is required.

Mail-In Registration

You can register by mail with the test registration form available for download at (PDF file).

Test Dates

Test dates are available on the TOEFL website. The regular registration deadline is 7 days prior to the test date (not including the day of the test). The late registration deadline is 3 days prior to the test date (not including the day of the test), or 1 business day before the test date if you register by phone. Testing start times vary; your start time will be in your registration confirmation.

Test Fees

Costs depend on the test location you choose. The cost varies by country. United States (Utah) is US$185.

Test Centers in Utah

Salt Lake City - 5343
University of Utah
201 South 1460 East
490 Student Services Building
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Taylorsville - 0086
Prometric Testing Center
5500 South 1900 West
Suite 201
Taylorsville, Utah 84118

Lindon - 0090
Prometric Testing Center
350 South 400 West
Suite 250
Lindon, Utah 84042

Logan - 7730
Utah State University
University Inn 115
0118 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322