Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The majority of international students seeking admission to SCSU will take the iBT (Internet-based) TOEFL examination.

What is the TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language is an English proficiency testing service for international students planning to study in the United States, Canada, or other countries where English is the language of instruction.

What Skills Does the TOEFL Measure?

Each section of the TOEFL has a score of 0-30.

  • Listening: measures ability to comprehend spoken North American English.
  • Reading: measures ability to read and understand short passages.
  • Speaking: measures the ability to speak English.
  • Writing: measures ability to write in English. You are given 30 minutes to compose one required essay on an assigned topic. Writing focuses on the command of English vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and syntax, all fundamental writing skills.

Most of the questions are multiple-choice. However, there are questions that require selecting a visual (or part of a visual), answering questions with more than one response, ordering items, and matching objects or text to categories.

Schedule an Appointment

The TOEFL examination is offered at test centers and institutional testing sites throughout the world. Appointments are available throughout the year but centers fill quickly, so it is best to schedule your appointment early. You may take the TOEFL test more than once per calendar month.

Cost: $170 U.S. dollars, but can vary by country.

To find a testing center or schedule your exam, visit The St. Cloud State University Testing Center does offer the exam. Call 320.308.5456 or email

To assure your TOEFL scores are sent to SCSU, list the SCSU code: 6679.

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