Overview of TOEFL Test in Nigeria

TOEFL is the acronym for Test of English as a Foreign Language.  Main purpose of the exam is to test the proficiency of the individual sitting for this exam in English language.


The beautiful thing about this exam is that it is done direct online. Consequently, those sitting for it will never have to travel around or out of the country; they can sit for the exam in their locality, provided a TOEFL center is located in that environment.

You need to sit for TOEFL exam if you are seeking for admission into a foreign educational institution. This is more so if the medium of teaching will be in English in that chosen institution.  You need to prepare properly for the examination before ever sitting for it. This will enable you get he required score.

You must know that there is a minimum score you must get in the examination before you are granted admission by your school of choice. The minimum score however differs from one institution to another. While some demand for high score, some accept about average score.

You should take time to investigate what the minimum score is in your school of choice before you even start with the preparation. This will enable you focus your mind on how to prepare properly.

Purposed of the examination

The purpose is to test your ability to makes use of English and your ability to understand English language at university level.  Additionally, the test is designed to evaluate how well you are able to listen. It also evaluates your speaking, writing and reading abilities. This will help to evaluate how well you can perform in academic tasks.

The examination is taken by millions of individuals on yearly basis and these individuals originate from several countries across the globe. TOEFL is an integrated examination combining up to 3 communicaiotn skills, vis-à-vis listening, reading and writing

As hinted earlier, TOEFL is for students who are planning on studying for higher education in a foreign English-speaking country. It is also for students who plan on studying English language.

Anyone interested in certification and scholastic studies also need to sit for TOEFL.  If you are planning on applying for resident permit or visa into an English-speaking country as a worker or a student, you also need to sit for TOEFL exam.

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Over 8,500 institution and agencies ask for and accept TOEFL as requirements and these agencies and institutions are spread across 130 countries.  If the truth must be told, TOEFL exam is the most popular of all tests to access English language proficiency.

Aside the other documents you submit at these various institutions and agencies, they will also assess your TOEFL score and use it in determining your appropriateness in language and academic background.  They will then use that to admit you or grant you your request.

The minimum score for TOEFL can be determined by the institution of study you register to. The score equally differ based on whether you are applying for graduate or undergraduate program.

Test seats availability

TOEFL exam is made up of 4 sections. 30 points are allocated to each of these points.  This brings the total number of points to 120.  The examination is taken throughout the year.  It is mostly taken during weekends. This allows everyone to participate, including those that may be away at work or at school during the week.

TOEFL centers in Nigeria are very few.  There is also high demand for the test by Nigerians. Consequently, most of these test centers are filled up very fast.  It is therefore in the best interest of the candidate to register for the test very fast and far ahead of time.  As a result, such student will be able to get his/her preferred date for the test.

The time you register for the TOEFL test also determines the location where you will sit for the test.

Documents for identification

On the day of the examination, you need to present a valid document of identification in order to be allowed to sit for the test.  In order to sit for TOEFL in Nigeria, you are required to present a valid International passport.

The examination takes up to 4 hours.  Therefore, you must be prepared to sit for that long.  It means you must not have any serious engagement planned for the day of the test. It is recommended that you start preparing for the test some 4 weeks before the date you will sit for it.

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TOEFL centers in Nigeria

TOEFL test can be taken in various cities in Nigeria and these cities are highlighted below:

  • Port Harcourt
  • Owerri
  • Lagos
  • Jos
  • Enugu
  • Asaba
  • Abuja

Current dates for TOEFL test

As hinted earlier, TOEFL test is taken all through the year. This means it is organized 12 times in a year, one each month.  The test for October 2016 is scheduled to take place on 8th, 22nd and 29th of the month. The one for November 2016 is scheduled to take place on 5th and 18th of the month.

The one for December 2016 is scheduled to take place on the 2nd, 3rd and 17th of the month.  Overall, the test is taken three times each month of the year. This is however subject to change by the organization responsible.

Test registration

It is very easy to register for TOEFL test in Nigeria. You can register direly online or register with any of the TOEFL training centers. The registration can be done instantly and you can get it completed within 24 hours after making payment.

Before you register for TOEFL test preparation with any institution, find out if they have trained and experienced tutors for that purpose. It is also important to find out how long they have been involved in organizing the test for people.

You can sit for the examination any time and as many times as you want.  It is even possible to sit for it every month of the year if situation warrants that.  The beauty of it is that the results are released very fast; you will have access to your score maximum of 10 days after the examination.


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