TOEFL Format:

The TOEFL iBT

TOEFL test measures the English language skills important for effective communication in an academic setting. It consists of four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. The entire test is about four hours long, and all sections are taken on the same day.

The TOEFL iBT test uses integrated tasks that require test takers to combine skills just as they would in a real academic setting. The integrated questions ask test takers to:

  • read, listen and then speak in response to a question
  • listen and then speak in response to a question
  • read, listen and then write in response to a question

Test Format

The following chart shows the possible number of questions and the timing for each section of the test. The time limit for each section varies according to the number of questions. Every test contains either a longer Reading section or a longer Listening section.

Test Section  Number of Questions  Timing

 

Reading • 3–4 passages

• 12–14 questions each

60–80 minutes
Listening • 4–6 lectures

• 6 questions each

• 2–3 conversations

• 5 questions each

60–90 minutes
BREAK     10 minutes

 

Speaking • 6 tasks

• 2 independent and 4 integrated

20 minutes
Writing 1 integrated task 20 minutes
1 independent task 30 minutes

 

 

 

About Test Scores

Score Scales

The TOEFL iBT test provides scores in four skill areas:

Reading   0–30

Listening   0–30

Speaking   0–30

Writing   0–30

Total Score   0–120 (The total score is the sum of the four section scores.)

Score Reports

The score reports provide information about your readiness to participate and succeed in

academic studies in an English-speaking setting. Score reports include:

  • four skill scores
  • total score

Scores are reported online approximately ten days after the test. You can view your scores

online free of charge. Paper copies are mailed shortly after the scores are posted online if

you opted to receive a hard copy. Please see Appendix 2 for a sample examinee

score report.

For more details: www.ets.org/toefl

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