What is TOEFL?

The TOEFL iBT test is designed to help you demonstrate your proficiency in English confidently. It is the only exam that evaluates all four essential academic English skills – reading, listening, speaking, and writing – in a manner that reflects their use in a classroom setting. This ensures that you are well-prepared for university environments. In Nepal, the TOEFL iBT is the most widely taken paper-based test.

TOEFL iBT Test Content

The TOEFL iBT exam comprises four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

Test Duration

The complete test lasts just under 2 hours, but it is recommended to allocate 2.5 hours, accounting for 30 minutes for check-in.

Test Sections Overview

Below is a breakdown of each TOEFL iBT test section:

TOEFL Test Detail in Nepal

Fee: $165.00

TOEFL Preparation Class

Course Name: TOEFL Preparation Class
Fee: NPR 10000  NPR 7,000

SectionEstimated TimingQuestions/TasksDescription
Reading35 minutes20 questionsRead passages and respond to questions.
Listening36 minutes28 questionsAnswer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions.
Speaking16 minutes4 tasksTalk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and heard.
Writing29 minutes2 tasksRead a passage, listen to a recording, and type your response. State and support an opinion in an online classroom discussion.

To receive official scores, you must answer at least one question in the Reading and Listening sections and complete at least one task in both Speaking and Writing sections.

Section Details

1.Reading: The TOEFL iBT Reading section evaluates your ability to read and comprehend academic materials. It includes:

    • Two reading passages, each approximately 700 words long, with 10 questions per passage.
    • Passages are excerpts from university-level textbooks introducing various topics.
    • The section includes a glossary feature to define uncommon words.
    • Types of questions: a. Factual Information and Negative Factual Information b. Inference and Rhetorical Purpose c. Vocabulary d. Sentence Simplification e. Insert Text Question f. Prose Summary
    • Estimated completion time: 35 minutes.

2.Listening: The Listening section measures your ability to understand conversations and lectures in English. It includes:

    • Basic comprehension, understanding the speaker’s attitude and certainty, and connecting information.
    • Three lectures (3-5 minutes each) with classroom discussions, followed by six questions each.
    • Two conversations (3 minutes each) with five questions each.
    • Note-taking is allowed throughout the test.
    • Types of questions:
      1. Gist Content and Gist Purpose
      2. Detail
      3. Function
      4. Attitude
      5. Organization
      6. Connecting Content
      7. Inference
    • Estimated completion time: 36 minutes.

3.Speaking: The Speaking section evaluates your ability to speak English in academic settings. It consists of four tasks:

    • Question 1: Independent Speaking Task – Respond using your own ideas, opinions, and experiences.
    • Questions 2-4: Integrated Speaking Tasks – Combine listening, reading, and speaking skills.
    • Preparation time: 15–30 seconds before each response.
    • Response time: 45 or 60 seconds, recorded via a microphone.
    • Estimated completion time: 16 minutes.
    • Scoring: Based on Speaking Scoring Guides (Rubrics), combining AI and certified human raters. Scores are scaled from 0 to 30.

4.Writing: The Writing section assesses your ability to write in English in an academic setting. It includes two tasks:

    • Integrated Writing Task (20 minutes) – Read a passage, listen to a lecture, and write a response.
    • Writing for an Academic Discussion Task (10 minutes) – State and support an opinion in an online discussion.
    • Responses are typed on a computer keyboard.
    • Estimated completion time: 29 minutes.
    • Scoring: Based on Writing Scoring Guides (Rubrics), combining AI and certified human raters. Scores are scaled from 0 to 30.

TOEFL iBT Test Registration Fees

The registration fee varies by country, with a general cost of USD 195. Additional fees include:



Late registration




Reinstatement of canceled scores


Additional score reports (per institution or agency)


Speaking or Writing Section score review


Speaking and Writing Section score review


Returned payment


For more detailed information on fees, refer to the TOEFL iBT test and service fees documentation.

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