Tips & Strategies You Need to Know for the TOEFL Test

Tips & Strategies You Need to Know for the TOEFL Test

General strategies to help you prepare for the TOEFL test

Find out which version of the TOEFL you will take
Depending on where and when you take the TOEFL test, you will encounter either the Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) or the TOEFL Paper-based Test (TOEFL PBT). Be sure of which format you will use. Your TOEFL score from either test will be accepted by the colleges you choose, but the differences in the test formats will influence some of your TOEFL preparation.

Approach the TOEFL test with a plan

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3 Tips to Master the TOEFL

3 Tips to Master the TOEFL

TOEFL test prep should be comprehensive—and can even be fun.

Proving a mastery of the English language is a crucial step in coming to the United States for college or graduate school—a goal that’s becoming more pervasive and increasingly competitive.

U.S. schools use the Test of English as a Foreign Language, known as the TOEFL, as a gauge of language proficiency. The standardized test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at testing centers in 165 countries. It is usually offered online (known as the iBT: Internet-based test), but sometimes still in paper form (PBT: paper-based test).

Both versions of the exam test for skills in four areas—writing, listening, reading, and speaking—but have different point totals students can achieve. The TOEFL iBT has a test total of 120 points—30 points per section. The maximum PBT score is 677 points.

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What is the difference between the TOEFL iBT® and TOEFL® PBT tests?

What is the difference between the TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT

The TOEFL iBT® test is administered via the Internet, and the TOEFL PBT test is administered in a paper-delivered format. The TOEFL PBT test is being phased out. The TOEFL iBT test measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. It is offered more than 50 times a year and is administered online at testing sites … Read more

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TOEFL iBT® Test Content and Structure

TOELF IBT

The TOEFL iBT® test is given in English and administered via the Internet. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete, including check-in.

Combining All Four Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing

During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:

  • Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Read, listen and then write in response to a question

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

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TOEFL® PBT Test Content and Structure

The TOEFL® PBT test, administered in a paper-delivered format, takes about three and one-half hours to complete. There is also a 30-minute writing test, called theTWE® test, which is required of everyone who takes the paper-delivered test. The total time to take both tests will be about four hours. As you can see in the … Read more