The TOEFL iBT® test measures a test taker’s ability to use and understand English at the university level. More than 35 million people worldwide have taken the TOEFL® test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The test evaluates their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in an academic context.
Did you know?
- The TOEFL iBT® test is the most popular certification for students. It is also preferred by universities, thanks to its 100% fair and unbiased scoring system.
- A standard English language (QWERTY) computer keyboard is used for the test. We recommend that you practice typing on a QWERTY keyboard before taking the test.
Accepted by more than 10,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries, the TOEFL iBT® test evaluates how well your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills have prepared you to perform academic tasks.
Compared to other English-language tests, the TOEFL® test offers a number of advantages to help you stand out from other applicants. Only this English assessment prepares you for universities’ English language requirements and helps ensure you go to your university better prepared than students who have not taken the TOEFL® test.
The average level of English language skill ranges from Intermediate to Advanced. These levels allow:
- Students to study at institutions of higher education
- English-language learning programs to determine admissions
- Candidates to earn scholarships and certifications
- English-language learners to track their progress
- Students and workers to apply for visas
The TOEFL iBT® test is given in English and administered digitally. The assessment is divided into 4 sections. During the test, you will be asked to perform tasks that combine language skills, such as:
- Read, listen and then respond orally to a question
- Listen and then respond orally to a question
- Read, listen and write a response to a question
The TOEFL iBT Reading section
The Reading section lasts between 54 and 72 minutes. You will be asked to read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer 10 questions for each passage.
The TOEFL iBT Listening section
The Listening section lasts between 41 and 57 minutes. You will be asked to listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversation and answer questions.
Break: 10 minutes
The TOEFL iBT Speaking section
The Speaking section lasts 17 minutes. You will be asked to express an opinion on a familiar topic and provide oral responses to reading and listening tasks.
The TOEFL iBT Writing section
The Writing section lasts 50 minutes. You will be asked to write an essay based on reading and listening tasks, and to support your opinion in writing.
For the TOEFL iBT® test, your scores will be based on your performance on the test questions. There is no passing or failing TOEFL® score.
Each section is graded from 0 to 30. The total score range is 0 to 120.
The TOEFL iBT® test also features MyBest® Score which combines test-takers’ best scores for each section from all of their valid TOEFL iBT® scores in the last two years. MyBest® scores give test takers a way to show their best overall test performance. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent after August 1st, 2019, regardless of when the test was taken, will automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditional scores.
In addition to your scores, you will also receive feedback that reflects your performance level and a description of the kinds of tasks that test takers within your reported score range can typically do.
- Total time: 3h
- Format: digital
- Score validity: 2 years
- Skills assessed: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing
- What to bring: A valid ID
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