Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT = Internet Based Test)
The new TOEFL iBT test consists of four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. All sectionsare taken on the same day, and the test is approximately four hours long.
The chart below shows the range of questions and the timing for each section. The time limit for each sectionvaries according to the number of questions.
|Test Section||Number of Questions||Timing|
|Reading||3-5 passages, 12-14 questions each||60-100 minutes|
|Listening||4-6 lectures, 6 questions each 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each||60-90 minutes|
|Speaking||6 tasks: 2 independent and 4 integrated||20 minutes|
1 integrated taks
1 independent task
The TOEFL iBT test features many of the question types used on the computer-based test. However, thenew questions that ask test takers to integrate (combine) two or more skills are probably the most distinguishingfeature of the new test.
Questions that assess integrated skills require test takers to:
• Read, Listen, and thenSpeak in response to a question.
• Listen, then Speak in response to a question.
• Read, Listen, then Write in response to a question.
The total score is the sum of the four skill scores.These new questions measure the ability to use English to communicate effectively and succeed in anEnglish-speaking academic environment.
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