Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT = Internet Based Test)

Overview

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.

Format

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. Reading3-5 passages, 12-14 questions each60-100 minutes

Test Section Number of Questions Timing
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 taks 1 independent task 20 minutes 30 minutes
 

Question Types:

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.

Scoring:

Listening:    0–30
Reading:     0–30
Speaking:   0–30
Writing:       0–30
Total:         0–120

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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