Latest information on TOEFL

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Test is a standardised test and a pre-admission requirement to study at many universities in the USA and worldwide. Generally, students require between 213 and 250 points (iBT, computer based) or 550-600 points (paper-based, currently being phased out). However, requirements vary, and you must check this directly with your intended university overseas.

In its current form (iBT) the test has four parts:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Listening Comprehension
  3. Speaking
  4. Written Expression

Grammar is tested in all four parts. Most of the questions are multiple choice. Certificates are valid for up to two years after the date of the test.

The test can be taken at numerous TOEFL test centers in Germany and is conducted in a secure environment on computers. The test takes around 3 hours to complete. Results can be sent directly to your destination university, and should be posted approximately 2 weeks after the date of the test.

To enroll for the test, call the nearest TOEFL admin centre in the Netherlands on 00 31 320 239 540. You will need to have your credit card at the ready. The test costs $US 245 (as of September 2015). Alternatively, you can register for the test online on the TOEFL website.

Register for the TOEFL® Test

The TOEFL information bulletin contains useful information for test takers and can be downloaded from the TOEFL website, where sample test materials are also available.


The independent learning centre at the University of Bremen has practice material which students can use for independent preparation:

The FZHB also offers preparation courses for the TOEFL test. Please see the course programme for more details.


If you have any questions about TOEFL, please contact the English advisory team: