iBT TOEFL TEST
iBT TOEFL is an internet based English language proficiency test. Some key facts about the TOEFL test format.
There are four sections in the test – reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Maximum score for each section is 30, meaning the maximum total score is 120.
The test is entirely conducted on a computer.
You have access to scrap for paper to write your own notes and to take notes of listening passages.
The test last around 3.5 hours, with a break after the first two sections (reading & listening).
The Reading Section
The reading section is the first section of the test. The reading section consists of 3 academic passages, though at times you may get additional passages which are not graded. You have 20 minutes to answer all the questions for each passage. Each passage contains between 12-13 questions and there are 10 different question types. The reading section lasts about an hour.
- Negative Factual
- Rhetorical purpose
- Sentence Insertion
- Sentence Restatement
- Summary Question
- Category Question
The Listening Section
The listening section is the second section of the test. The listening section consists of 4 academic lectures and 2 conversations around campus, which tend to be between students and professors. Academic lectures have 6 questions each, and each lecture lasts around 5 minutes. Conversations have 5 questions each and each conversation lasts between 3 and 4 minutes. The listening section lasts just under an hour though that depends on how quickly you answer the questions.
The following are questions found in the listening section
- Main Topic
- Main Purpose
- Negative Factual
The Speaking Section
The speaking section is the third section of the test after the break. The speaking section consists of 6 speaking tasks – 2 independent tasks and 4 integrated tasks. The integrated speaking tasks require the test-taker to use both reading and listening skills to create appropriate responses. For all the speaking tasks, you are given between 15 and 30 seconds to prepare and between 45 and 60 seconds to speak. The speaking section is the shortest section of the test and it lasts about 20 minutes.
- Independent task – Personal Preference
- Independent task – Choice
- Integrated task – Campus situation
- Integrated task – Academic (General to Specific)
- Integrated task – Problem and solution
- Integrated task – Academic (Summary)
The Writing Section
The writing section is the last section of the test. The writing section consists of two writing tasks – an integrated writing task and an independent writing task. You are required to produce a writing response of a certain length and within a specified time limit. For integrated writing, you have 20 minutes and for independent writing, you have 30 minutes.
- Integrated writing – Between 150 and 225 words
- Independent writing – Minimum 300 words.