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Taking the TOEFL? Preparation and scoring
Manisha Zaveri
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November 21, 2007

Part I: TOEFL: Introduction, format and registration details

Yesterday, we took a look at what teh TOEFL is all about, its format and how you can appear for it. Today, in the second part of the series, we look at how you can prepare yourself for the test and other relevant details you should know.

How to prepare for the TOEFL

Test score reporting & cancellation
~ Score reporting
The overall score for TOEFL iBT is expressed on a scale from 0 to 120. The score report shows the scores obtained by the student in the four skills: Listening (0-30), Reading (0-30), Speaking (0-30), Writing (0-30).The scores are available online on the ETS website 15 working days after the test date. The printed score report will be mailed by ETS to you after another 15 working days.

You can choose up to four colleges/ universities to which you'd like to report your TOEFL iBT scores, this option is available free of cost prior to taking the test. You can visit for 4 free online score reporting, by using your login and password, up to 24 hours in advance of your actual test time. For every additional report, you will be charged $17 per university, which can be done after taking the actual test.

Your TOEFL scores to these institutions will be sent electronically by ETS. Since all universities will require such an official electronic report, it is wise to identify the universities of your choice well in advance of your test date.

~ Score cancellation
At the end of the TOEFL iBT test session, you will be given the option to cancel your scores. Consider very carefully before canceling your scores as these scores will be reported to colleges/ universities only at your request. If you cancel your scores, they will NOT be reported to you or any institutions, and no refund will be made.

However, if you cancel your scores, you can reinstate them, if you send a request to ETS within 10 days of your test date. This request can be sent by phone, fax or mail and a $20 fee is charged by ETS for this.

Part I: TOEFL: Introduction, format and registration details

Manisha Zaveri is joint managing director at Career Mosaic.

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