What is the TOEFL® exam?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based test) is designed to measure whether someone is prepared to live and thrive in an English-speaking environment. Over 1 million people worldwide opt to take an English-speaking proficiency exam each year in order to attend an English-speaking university or simply as a refresher course to improve their English skills.
TOEFL scores are often used by universities and colleges as an admission requirement for students who have received their education in a non-English speaking country.
The TOEFL Structre:
The exam consists of 4 sections and takes approximately 3.5 hours in total to complete. You can score between 0 - 120 on the TOEFL and the exam does not give a pass or fail grade as higher education institutions set their own TOEFL requirements. However, the scores students receive are valid for a period of two years after the test date.
From 1st August 2019 the TOEFL exam will become shorter in length by 30 minutes. There will also be a new scoring system in place ('My Best Scores') combining your best section scores from tests taken within 2 years! Find out more on the TOEFL ETS Better Test Experience website!
|Reading||This section of the TOEFL exam includes two main question types: Multiple Choice and Drag-and-Drop. You read three or four passages from academic texts and answer questions.||36-56 questions||60-80 minutes||From 0 to 30 (Raw scores converted to scaled scores)|
|Listening Section||This section contains similar types of questions as the reading section (Multiple Choice and Drag-and-Drop). You listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations and answer questions.||34-51 questions||60-90 minutes||From 0 to 30 (Raw scores converted to scaled scores)|
|Speaking Section||Test takers are provided with a microphone to record themselves responding to two types of prompts in the speaking section. You will express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.||2 tasks in prompt 1, and 4 tasks in prompt 2||20 minutes||From 0 to 30 (0-4 score per task; sum of task scores converted to scaled scores)|
|Writing Section||This is the final section of the exam. It requires test takers to compose written responses to two tasks. You will write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks.||2 tasks||50 minutes||From 0 to 30 (0-5 score per task; sum of task scores converted to scaled scores)|
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