Toefl Test Format

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TOEFL Test Format

    The TOEFL is done on a computer but is administered via Internet connection from where its name – TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) – comes. The test takes about four and a half hours to complete and consists of a variety of reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks.

     

    During the test students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to combine all four skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks.

    Students may, for instance, be asked to:

    Read, listen and then write in response to a question

    Read, listen and then speak in response to a question

    Listen and then speak in response to a question

     

    Structure of the TOEFL iBT

    The TOEFL iBT test is given in English and administered via the Internet. Time is the main component of this test because It is a time bound test. There are four sections listening, reading, speaking and writing which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete.

    Section Time Limit Question 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.

     

    TOEFL IBT Score Scales

    Each of the four TOEFL sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) are scored out of 30. The composite (or overall) TOEFL score will range from 0 to 120 and is calculated by combining the TOEFL scores on each of the four sections.

    Skill Score Range Level
    Reading 0-30 High (22-30)   Intermediate (15-21)   Low (0-14)
    Listening 0-30 High (22 – 30)   Intermediate (15 – 21)   Low (0 – 14)
    Speaking 0-30 Good (26 – 30)  Fair (18 – 25) Limited (10 – 17)   Weak (0 – 9)
    Writing 0-30 Good (24 – 30)   Fair (17 – 23)   Limited (1 – 16)

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