What is the TOEFL?
The TOEFL iBT is otherwise known as “Test of English as a Foreign Language”. This exam is designed to test a person’s English proficiency across speaking, reading, listening, and writing.
The TOEFL exam is divided into four sections, one for each of the main communication skills. However, individual tasks can combine more than one skill. The exam is structured in the following way:
- Reading (54-72 minutes): reading passages and answering comprehension questions
- Listening (41-57 minutes): listening to recordings and answering comprehension questions
- Break (10 minutes)
- Speaking (17 minutes): talking about a familiar topic, as well as the material included in the first two sections
- Writing (50 minutes): writing a response to a written passage and a recording
The test takes approximately three hours and is delivered online. This means that there is even greater flexibility regarding when and where you sit the exam.
There are regular test sessions across the world in authorized examination centers, or test takers can even register to take a Special Home Edition test. To take the TOEFL at Home, all you need is your computerand you will be monitored online by a human proctor.
How to register
You can register for the TOEFL Lausanne online on the ETS TOEFL website. To get things started, you’ll need to do the following:
- Select your TOEFL Lausanne examination center
- Select your test session
- Create an account
It’s quick and easy to create an account on the ETS website, and then you’re ready to finalize your registration. To do so, you’ll need to input your personal information and pay the registration fee.
If registering online isn’t possible for you, then you can do so by phone or mail instead.
Where to take the TOEFL Lausanne
If you’re looking to take the exam at a TOEFL Lausanne examination center, the ETS TOEFL website is a good place to start for finding locations. It’s always best to check their website for the most up-to-date information, but we’ve included the key information for the TOEFL Lausanne below.
|TOEFL Lausanne examination center||Address
|Wall Street Institute||Place De La Gare 11, Lausanne, 1003 Switzerland
If the TOEFL Lausanne examination center is the most convenient location for your exam, all that’s left to do is to consult their upcoming exam sessions before proceeding to registering your place. Luckily, most TOEFL examination centers offer weekly test sessions, so there’s a good chance you can sit the test at a time that’s convenient for you.
Of course, if this examination center isn’t convenient for you, you can always consider taking the test at home instead.
How much does it cost?
Taking the TOEFL isn’t free. To complete your registration for the test, you’ll have to pay a one-off registration fee.
This fee can differ slightly from country to country, but in Switzerland it currently stands at $295 (USD), or approximately €250. The TOEFL Lausanne comes in a little higher at $320, or approximately €270.
This is, however, the only cost involved in taking the TOEFL. It’s only if you register late for your test session, choose to reschedule your exam, or request a score review, that you may incur further costs.
If you wish to take the exam in other cities such as Geneva or Zurich, the price may vary. In fact in Switzerland there are more centers to take the TOEFL exam.
What are the advantages of taking the TOEFL?
The TOEFL is one of the best known international English tests on the market. As well as being a great way of certifying your level in English, there are several advantages to taking the TOEFL over one of the many other types of exams out there.
First of all, the TOEFL is widely considered the best English proficiency test for university entrance.
The TOEFL test score is accepted by more than 11,000 universities worldwide, including in the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia, as well as across Europe and Asia. This means that if you’re a non-native English speaker looking to join an English program of study, a good TOEFL score could open the door for you.
As well as being widely accepted, the TOEFL is the preferred English score for more than 80% Canadian graduate programs and nine out of ten US universities.
Secondly, the TOEFL is considered highly accurate. It covers the four key communication skills and the Speaking section is moderated by up to six examiners to ensure you get a fair grade.
Thirdly, the TOEFL is easily accessible. With regular testing sessions and the possibility to take the test from the comfort of your own home, taking the exam couldn’t be more convenient.
Preparing with GlobalExam
If you’re ready to go with your TOEFL preparations, let’s take a minute to look at how GlobalExam could help you get the score you need.
Our e-learning platform offers learners three central learning tools:
- Study sheets and revision: work on specific vocabulary, grammar, and discussion topics
- Training mode: test your knowledge with corrected exercises
- Exam mode: test yourself under real exam conditions
On GlobalExam, our learning materials are organized in a way that lets you prepare specifically for the TOEFL exam. Head to Training Mode and choose the skill you wish to improve. Within each skill set, the exercises are targeted at preparing you for the types of tasks that you will face in the real exam.
If you subscribe to our Premium service, you’ll even have the chance to review your progress using our Statistics and Corrections mode. This way you can understand exactly where you’ve gone wrong and correct it for next time.
If the TOEFL is the test for you, it’s time to register for the exam and get studying!