|TOEFL iBT® Test Content
The TOEFL iBT® test is 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.
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:
||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic
texts and answer questions.
||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions
and conversations, then answer questions.
||Express an opinion on a familiar topic;
speak based on reading and listening tasks.
||Write essay responses based on reading and
listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.
This chart reflects changes made to the Reading section effective November 1, 2011.
|TOEFL iBT® Test Scores
Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. You must answer at least one question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least one essay, and complete at least one Speaking task to receive an official score. For the TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, you will receive four scaled section scores and a total score:
- Reading Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Listening Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Speaking Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Writing Section (Score of: 0–30)
- Total Score (0–120)
In addition to your scores, your official score record also includes performance feedback that is a reflection of your performance level and a description of the kinds of tasks that test takers within the reported score range can typically do.
There is no passing or failing TOEFL® score; individual higher education institutions and agencies set their own score requirements. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date and there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test.
Understanding Your TOEFL iBT® Test Scores
|TOEFL® Score Scales
||0-30 Score scales
||0-30 Score scales
|TOEFL iBT® Test Registration
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|On The Test Day
Knowing what to expect can put you more at ease on test day. Here is what typically happens:
Before the Test
- Plan to arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before your specified start time. If you come late, you may not be able to take the test.
- ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of the test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.
- Your photo will be taken and placed at your assigned seat. It will also appear on your score report.
- You will be asked to sign a required confidentiality agreement.
- Scrap paper and a pencil are provided for you and will be collected at the end of the session.
- Identification documents are the only personal items you are allowed to have in the testing room.
- Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted.
- Your seat will be assigned by the test administrator.
- No schedule changes can be made at the test center.
- Testing premises may be videotaped for security reasons.
- ID verification may also include.
During the Test
- The test takes about 4 1/2 hours. No one is allowed to continue beyond the time limit.
- There is a mandatory 10-minute break midway through the test.
- Watch your pace so you do not go over your time for each section; the computer is the official timekeeper.
- If you need help for any reason, simply raise your hand.
- Cell phones and other devices are not permitted during the test or during breaks. (If you have health-related needs requiring you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations in advance. Procedures for requesting accommodations are described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs (PDF).)
- A standard QWERTY English-language keyboard is used for the test. It is a good idea to practice on this type of keyboard prior to the test so that you are familiar with the layout and function keys.
- Scrap paper is provided and must be returned at the end of the test.
After the test
- Your scores will be posted online, within two weeks after the test date.
- You can view your scores online by logging into your TOEFL iBT test account and selecting "View Scores" on your home page.
- Scores are also mailed to you and the universities or institutions you selected within two weeks of the test date.
- You can take the test again to improve your scores.