Introduction to the TOEFL Test

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The TOEFL iBT test is a computer based test. It confirms that a student has the English language skills necessary to succeed in an academic setting. That’s why it is the most highly regarded and widely accepted test in the world. More than 8,500 colleges, universities, and agencies in 130 countries accept TOEFL scores, so test takers have the flexibility to use their TOEFL test scores worldwide.

The TOEFL iBT test has four sections: reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

Here is a breakdown of each section.

Test SectionNumber of questionsTiming
Reading3-4 passages 12-16 questions each60–80 minutes
Listening4-6 lectures, 6 questions each
2-3 conversations, 5 questions each
60–90 minutes
BREAK10 minutes
Speaking6 tasks: 2 independent and 4 integrated20 minutes
Writing1 integrated task
1 independent task
20 minutes
30 minutes