TOEFL The Paper Test

«Si queres graduarte a nivel universitario, esta es la certificación que tú necesitas.»

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) is the certification test you need to take if you want to graduate from university/college level. At UNAM, it is necessary to get the TOEFL certification in order to be admitted to do Ph. D. level studies.

Passing TOEFL grades range from 350 to 550, depending on what the certification will be used for. For instance, most schools accept a 350 point final grade in order to credit English knowledge and not to take English classes along university studies. 550 points are required to get a title whether it is a Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degree.

TOEFL is considered as a Receptive Skill test, because it basically assesses the skills of applicants to understand English as it is spoken at university / college level classes plus their grammar knowledge. The rationale which was used to develop this test was that as long as a student could understand what teachers said in classes, it was just enough. They didn´t consider that these students would necessarily have to interact with their teachers/classmates.  Modern tests evaluate both receptive (listening. reading skills) and productive skills (speaking and writing) plus grammar knowledge (well, not all of them).

A TOEFL test consists of the following sections:

  1. Listening Comprehension (50 questions)
  2. Structure and Written Section / Grammar (40 questions)
  3. Reading Comprehension (50 questions)

This exam may last from 2.5 to 3 hours.

If you want to know more about the TOEFL test, click on the following icons:

TOEFL The Paper Test


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This was a contribution from Teacher Patrick Burns

Teacher Patrick Burns, Cambridge Certified

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