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Structure of the TOEFL iBT® Test and revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test

FeaturesTOEFL iBT® Testrevised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test
Skills tested
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
Total time 4 hours 3 hours
Integrated tasks Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Reading section 3–4 passages
  • 700 words
  • multiple-focus passages (compare/contrast, cause/effect)
  • 12–14 questions for each passage
  • Time: 60–80 minutes
  • Score scale: 0–30
3 passages
  • 14 questions for each passage
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Score scale: 0–30
Listening section 4–6 lectures, some with classroom discussion
  • each 3–5 minutes, 6 questions each

2–3 conversations

  • each 3 minutes, 5 questions each
  • Time: 60–90 minutes
  • Score scale: 0–30
2 conversations and 4 lectures
  • 5–6 questions each
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Score scale: 0–30
Speaking section 6 tasks
  • 2 independent tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic
  • 4 integrated tasks based on what is read and heard
  • Up to 30 seconds to prepare the response
  • Up to 1 minute to respond
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Score scale: 0–4 points
  • Total of ratings converted to 0–30 score scale
Not measured
Writing section 2 tasks
  • 1 integrated task based on what is read and heard
  • 1 independent task to support an opinion on a topic
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • 20 minutes for integrated task
  • 30 minutes for independent task
    • Score scale: 0–5 points
  • Total of ratings converted to 0–30 score scale
2 tasks
  • 1 integrated task based on what is read and heard
  • 1 integrated task to support an opinion on a topic
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • 20 minutes for integrated task
  • 30 minutes for independent task
  • Score scale: 0–30
Total score 0–120 No total score is provided.
Scoring
  • Responses from the Speaking and Writing sections are sent to the ETS Online Scoring Network and scored by ETS-certified raters.
  • Scores are available online 10 days after the test date; a PDF of the test taker score report can be downloaded and printed approximately 13 days after the test date. Paper score reports are mailed approximately 13 days after the test date.

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  • Responses to the writing section are sent to ETS and scored by certified raters.
  • Score reports are mailed approximately 5 weeks after the test date.

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Performance feedback Feedback for each skill is provided with the test taker's scores. Feedback for each skill is provided with the test taker’s scores.
Administration
  • Taken on a computer, via the internet, in secure test centers.
  • Test takers are provided with noise-reducing headphones for listening to test material.
  • A microphone is provided for recording spoken responses.
  • Written responses are composed using a keyboard.
  • Taken with paper and pencil in secure test centers.
  • Test takers answer questions in a test book and mark their responses on an answer sheet.
  • Writing section responses are handwritten.
  • Playback equipment is used for the Listening section.

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