Official Guide to TOEFL

Toefl Official Guide - a Review

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is responsible for conducting TOEFL. ETS publishes many documents which provide detailed information about the iBT and the PBT of TOEFL. ETS also publishes preparation materials for the iBT and PBT. These two test-takers should primarily rely on the official guide for up-to-date and genuine information. All the vital documents that provide information about the test are freely available on ETS's website for download. However, all the preparation materials are not available free of cost. Those that are not available free of cost can be purchased.

TOEFL Bulletins

The test-takers must read the current test bulletin if they have decided to register for the test. Note that there are separate bulletins for iBT and PBT. The iBT bulletin is not available in print medium currently. The PBT bulletin is available in print medium. ETS has published the iBT bulletin in the text format for the screen reader users. The bulletin which is in the text format does not contain registration forms.





The bulletins vary slightly though they contain similar content. Payment policies, registration methods, and form-filling procedure differ between the two tests. Hence, select the appropriate bulletin. The following information will be available in the bulletins:

  • Registration Related Information

    Test-takers learn about registration methods, registration deadlines, cancelling and rescheduling test, fee details, fee payment methods and policies, fee refund policy etc.

  • Test Related Information

    Test-takers get brief information about TOEFL, brief information about official prep materials, guidelines to be followed on the test day, test codes, test dates, test locations etc.

  • Scoring Related Information

    Test-takers get information about Score reporting, score analyzing, cancelling score, obtaining additional score report, submitting request for rescoring etc.

  • Forms

    Test-takers get all the required forms in the iBT and the PBT bulletins. Test-takers with disabilities and health-related needs should obtain the bulletin supplement for the additional forms for requesting special arrangements.

    For downloading the current test bulletins, visit the following URL: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about/bulletin

Official Guide to TOEFL

ETS provides the Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT. For the TOEFL PBT, a detailed guide is not available. Some of the content that is included in the book is freely available on the official website (http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/TOEFL_Tips.pdf). It provides many tips for test-takers. It discusses the structure and the pattern of the iBT. It describes various types of questions that appear on the all the four sections of the test. Examples are given for each question type. The guide also has well-organized step by step guide for iBT preparation. Tips provided in the guide for improving reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are useful. The guide explains the scoring related information very well.

There are many benefits of purchasing the ETS's Official Guide which is now in its third edition. The paid version of the official book emphasizes on practicing along with providing comprehensive details about the iBT. In every section, practice material is available. Also, the book comes with a CDROM which contains two practice tests. The questions that are given in those practice tests are taken from real iBT tests. The book is available in both print and electronic formats. Buyers of the guide can download practice tests from the publisher's website. Visit this URL for information about the book or for purchasing the book: http://store.ets.org/store/ets/en_US/pd/productID.140852400 

The PBT is not discussed comprehensively in the Official Guide of TOEFL. However, ETS provides some sample questions for the PBT test. Visit this URL to read that page: http://www.ets.org/toefl/pbt/prepare/sample_questions