preparation for TOEFL


The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tasks. The TOEFL test, delivered via both the internet and paper, is an important part of a student’s journey to study in an English-speaking country. 

At ACHIVIA, we offer quality training to our students to achieve the desired score in TOEFL. Our experienced faculties look into each student’s need by evaluating their strengths and weaknesses on the very first day and make individual study plans for the whole training program. 

Listed below are few reasons, why a student should prepare for TOEFL at ACHIVIA.

  • Qualified and professional faculty having years of experience.
  • Flexible and convenient schedules that suit students' needs and requirements with small batch sizes giving personalized attention to ensure that every individual establishes realistic goals for score improvement.
  • We monitor the students’ progress through personalized review sessions even after class hours.
  • Each student is given comprehensive guidance on effective test taking strategies to improve test scores through extra tutoring and result oriented strategies.
  • Focus on improving the aptitude levels through customized question pools & revise from question banks that mirror the actual test.
  • ACHIVIA constantly updates and customizes its study and reference materials, along with practice test papers, to ensure that it is addressing students' specific needs and areas of concern.
  • ACHIVIA uses the most relevant and frequently tested courseware, helping its students to fully familiarize themselves with the TOEFL exam and to strategize their speed and accuracy in an effective manner to achieve the desired scores.

  • The realistic practice and extensive training, along with test day tips and exam strategies provided by expert instructors, enhance students' confidence in preparation for the actual test.

Listening (Duration – 60 to 80 minutes)

The Listening test assesses the candidate's ability to understand spoken English in typical interactions in an academic environment. The Listening section comprises questions about academic lectures and longer conversations in which the speech sounds very natural. The candidate may take notes onany audio material throughout the entire test. The Listening section has 2 components. There will be 4 to 6 lectures, each of 3 to 5 minutes long, 6 questions per lecture, 60 to 90 minutes. The later part will have 2 to 3 conversations, each of 3 minutes long, 5 questions per conversation, & will take about 60 to 90 minutes

Speaking (Duration – 20 minutes)

The Speaking test assesses a candidate's ability to converse in English. The Speaking section is approximately 20 minutes long and includes 6 questions. 

The first 2 questions are called "independent Speaking tasks" as they require, the candidate to draw entirely on his/her own ideas, opinions and experiences when s/he responds. 

The other 4 questions are called "integrated Speaking tasks" because they need the candidate to integrate his/her English-language skills — listening and speaking or listening, reading and speaking — just as it happens in a classroom. 

The candidate will speak into the microphone on the headset and the responses will be recorded and sent to ETS, where they will be scored by certified human raters.

Writing (Duration – 50 minutes)

The Writing test assesses a candidate's ability to express himself through written text. The total time for the Writing section is 50 minutes. You are asked to write responses to 2 writing tasks: an integrated Writing task and an independent Writing task. 

In the Integrated Writing task (20 minutes), the candidate will read a short passage and listen to a short lecture. Then s/he will write in response to what s/he read and listened to. 

In the Independent Task (30 minutes), the candidate will write an essay in response to a Writing topic.

The TOEFL test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in approximately four & half hours.


No. of Questions




12 to 14 questions per page

3-4 reading Passages

60 - 80 minutes


34-51 questions

4 Recordings

60 - 90 minutes

                                                           Break – 10 minutes


6 Tasks

independent Speaking tasks & integrated Speaking tasks

20 minutes


2 Tasks

Integrated Writing task (20 minutes) & Independent Task (30 minutes)

50 minutes

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Score Validity: 2 years 

Test Administration Frequency: 2-3 times a month 

Mode of Registration: Telephone / Mail/ Online 

Nature of Test: Internet Based Test 

Mode of payment: Demand Draft/ Online banking/ credit card 

Test Fee: US$ 195 

Rescheduling Fee: US$60 

Score Reporting time: Approximately 10 days 

Extra Score Reporting Fee: US$20 each

Q. When should I register for TOEFL? 

A. Ideally, you should register 3 to 4 months before the test date & start preparing for the test at least 8 to 10 weeks prior to your test date. 

Q. How long is the test session? 

A. The entire TOEFL test session (including check-in time of 30 minutes) is approximately 4½ hours. The test alone is for 4 hours. Can notes be taken during the test? 

One can take notes throughout the entire test, using the paper provided by the test administrator. However, at the end of the test,note / paper is collected and destroyed at the test center, to ensure test security. 

Will I be required to wear headphones for the test? Yes. All the candidates will be given noise-canceling headphones with a microphone that the candidate will speak into for the Speaking section of the test. 

Q. Do score recipients accept TOEFL scores from previous tests? 

A. It may vary as per the policy of recipients hence, it is advisable to check with the recipients directly. However, the counsellors at ACHIVIA may also be able to advise in these cases. 

 Please ask our counsellors to know more about the test!