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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand North American English as it is applied in college and university settings. More than 4,300 colleges and universities, professional schools, and sponsoring institutions require the TOEFL.

Testing Services offers the PSU Institutional TOEFL once per term. A student can take the Institutional TOEFL if they have a relationship with PSU only or have submitted an application to be a PSU student. All PSU offices that administer the Institutional TOEFL send the scores to PSU only. Click on the following links for information about the test content and preparation.

The computer based International TOEFL is also offered several times per month in the Portland area. Visit the official TOEFL website to register to take the Internet- or Paper-based Test.

Exam Date & Location

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM in Smith 327. Register in 105 Neuberger Hall, September 4 and 5 between 9a.m.-5p.m., and September 8 from 9a.m.-Noon.


Registration for the PSU Institutional TOEFL opens the week before the test date. Bring your passport (required) and go to Neuberger Hall, Room 105. Students with registration holds or unpaid PSU TOEFL fees will not be allowed to register.


The non-refundable fee is $100, billed to your PSU student account.


You must either be affiliated with PSU or have submitted an application to be a PSU student. If you have questions about eligibility, please visit the following links or contact one of the two offices below:

A note to IELP/ESL students: IELP offers its own Institutional TOEFL for IELP/ESL students only. If you are an IELP/ESL student, you cannot take the PSU Institutional TOEFL with Testing Services.

On the Day of the Test

On your test day, make sure to bring all of the following:

  • Required:  Your current passport, which must have your signature in English. There are no exceptions.
  • Your completed admission form, which you receive when you register for the exam.
  • Two or more sharpened No. 2 pencils. Testing Services will not provide any pencils.

Additionally, before you arrive, read the booklet you receive when you register and be familiar with the testing rules, such as "you must stop writing on your test immediately after the administrator tells you to stop, at the end of each test section." Violating these rules or any other testing rules is considered cheating. If you violate any testing rule(s) and have received your second warning, your test will not be scored.


After 3-5 business days, you may go to Neuberger Hall 105 to receive your unofficial score. Bring your photo ID. Official scores are reported to PSU in approximately three weeks after the test date.




Test Content

The Institutional TOEFL is a paper-based test, consisting of three sections:

  • Section 1: Listening Comprehension (35 minutes) measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities.
  • Section 2: Structure and Written Expression (25 minutes) measures recognition of selected structural and grammatical points in standard written English.
  • Section 3: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension (55 minutes) measures the ability to read and understand academic reading material.

Test Preparation

Testing Services does not recommend any particular preparing method for the TOEFL. Some options:

  • Visit the official TOEFL website for free prep materials. ETS advises: that "language proficiency and writing ability can only be achieved after a relatively long period of study and practice. An attempt to study English for the first time shortly before taking the tests will not be very helpful. Familiarity with the format, however, is helpful in preparing for the test."
  • Students can also use TOEFL preparation books and software available in libraries, bookstores, and online booksellers.