TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language)

Information in Hungarian

This test must be taken by students for whom English is not a native language.

The purpose of the test is to evaluate the English language proficiency of people who would like to continue their studies in the United States or Canada. The test measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. TOEFL is also used by institutions in other countries where English is the language of instruction. Many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate the knowledge of English of candidates.

The test uses multiple-choice format.

The TOEFL Internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT) consists of four sections: 1) Reading - measures the ability to understand academic reading material; 2) Listening - measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities; 3) Speaking - measures the ability to speak English in an academic context; 4) Writing - measures the ability to write in a way that is appropriate for college and university course work.

There are two test centers in Hungary: Budapest and Miskolc. Prospective examinees will find information and test dates for both sites on the website of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or (for Budapest) on the page of the Budapest test center. Examinees from Europe have to apply through the European RRC, The Netherlands, instructions are included in the TOEFL Bulletin of Information. Applying via phone seems to be the best way for reserving the desired test date. From 2004 the possibility of online registration is also available from the following page:

Scores are posted on the TOEFL iBT online registration system 15 business days after the test date and then mailed to examinees and designated score recipients.

The Total score: 0-120

In the 2007/2008 testing year the fee for TOEFL for Hungary is $155.

Bulletins with application forms and further information on the TOEFL iBT are available in the Information Center.

Before the test candidates are advised to use preparational materials available in the office. We have books, casettes and CD-ROMs that help to familiarize with the test and provide lots of practice questions.


Last update: 2007 October

(The information included into the text is based mainly on the TOEFL Bulletin of Information published by the Educational Testing Service.)

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