TOEFL

TOEFL –  Test of English as a Foreign Language

The TOEFL exam is an English proficiency exam. It is a requirement for many different programs of study in the United States, including university studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The test has 4 sections (reading, listening, speaking and writing) and takes about 4½ hours. The new internet-based test (iBT) is offered in Brussels and Liège for approximately $240 at 30-40 times throughout the year. Registration is available 3-4 months before the test date. Students should try to sign up online for the test as early as possible to ensure a seat at the test and the delivery of their scores on-time.

The TOEFL iBT is administered in Brussels at two locations. It is advised that test takers check the TOEFL websites (www.ets.org/toefl or http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/) regularly for test date updates and additional information. Registration must be done through ETS (www.ets.org), either online, by phone, or by mail. Those who wish to take the TOEFL iBT and cannot get a seat in Brussels may consider travelling to Paris or The Netherlands, as well.

TOEFL scores are valid for two years. After this time, students wishing to submit proof of English proficiency to U.S. universities will need to re-take the exam. Scores will be posted online, usually within 2 weeks after the test date. They are also mailed to the test-taker and the universities or institutions he or she selected. A student may decide which universities to send the scores to up until the day before the exam. Score reports are delivered to four universities for free; to have the scores sent to more institutions, there is a small additional per-institution fee.

A few things to keep in mind when registering:

  • Have your identification on hand, because your name must be entered exactly as it appears on the identification you will bring with you on test day.
  • Have one of the following ready for payment: a credit/debit card, electronic check or TOEFL registration voucher – which you can purchase from a TOEFL iBT™ Test Resource Centre in local currency. Where can I find a TOEFL iBT Test Resource Centre?
  • Know the names of up to four institutions you want to receive your scores.
  • Know the test dates and locations where you want to test.

The average scores of people taking the TOEFL in Belgium are:

Reading 24
Listening 25
Speaking 24
Writing 24
Total: 97

However, test-takers may improve this average score with advanced preparation. For example, students take the TOEFL iBT™ on a standard English-language (QWERTY) computer keyboard. If you haven’t used this kind of keyboard before, make sure you practice on one before you arrive on test day. Other test preparation materials can be found on the following links or in the 8-week preparation booklet download below: http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/ or http://www.ets.org/c/17722/index.html

DOWNLOAD the TOEFL Test Prep Planner here (.pdf)

See statistics on other countries TOEFL results here: http://www.ets.org/Media/Research/pdf/TOEFL-SUM-2010.pdf