Purpose of the TOEFL: The TOEFL is designed to evaluate the English proficiency of students whose native language is not English. The scores are required for purposes of admission by more than 2,400 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The test has four sections:
- Listening - Measures ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America
- Structure - Measures ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English
- Reading - Measures ability to understand nontechnical reading matter
- Writing - Measures ability to write in English on an assigned topic
Who must take the TOEFL: All undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction.
When should the TOEFL be taken: You should take the exam at least six weeks prior to the deadline for receipt of admission materials to ensure that the score is received in time for consideration. Scores are valid for two years. Additional score reports may be requested by completing a Score Report Request Form contained in the current TOEFL "Bulletin of Information.".
TOEFL is administered ONLY as a Computer Based Test.
TOEFL Score Guidelines: For the computer-based test, you will receive four scaled scores: Listening (0 to 30), Structure/Writing (0 to 30), Reading (0 to 30), and a total score (0 to 300). On the Computer Based Test, CSUEB requires a score of 197 or above for admission as an undergraduate, or a score of 213 or above for admission as a graduate student. Call 510.885.2624 if you have any questions regarding your score results for admission to CSUEB.
TOEFL is NOT administered at CSU East Bay.