TOEFL iBT

About the Test 

The TOEFL iBT is meant to test an individual’s mastery and understanding of English. The test consists of four parts:

 

Reading

The reading section consists of 3 passages, each of which is approximately 700 words in length. Each of the passages has between 11 and 15 questions and the total number of questions is between 39 and 42. A few of the questions are worth more than one point.

Listening

The listening section consists of 2 conversations and 4 lectures. The conversations are 2 to 3 minutes in length and are followed by 5 questions each. The lectures are 4 to 6 minutes in length and are followed by 6 questions each. The total number of questions is 34.

Speaking

The speaking section consists of 6 tasks. The first two are independent tasks and the third through sixth are integrated tasks. In the independent tasks, test-takers are asked questions about their personal experiences, opinions, preferences, or the like. They are given 15 seconds to prepare a response and 45 seconds to respond. In two of the integrated tasks, test-takers first read a short passage, then listen to a short conversation or lecture on the same topic, and then respond to a question about the material just presented. They are given 30 seconds to prepare a response and 1 minute to respond. In the final two integrated tasks, test-takers listen to a somewhat longer conversation or lecture and are asked to respond to a question about the material just presented. They are given 20 seconds to prepare a response and 1 minute to respond.

Writing

The writing section consists of 2 tasks. The first task is an integrated task, while the second task is an independent task. In the integrated task, test-takers first read a passage of moderate length, then listen to a talk on the same topic, and then respond to a question about the material just presented. Suitable responses are between 150 and 225 words in length. In the independent task, test-takers are asked questions about their personal experiences, opinions, preferences, or the like. Suitable responses are at least 300 words in length.

Unscored Section

For most test takers, there is one unscored section added to either the Listening or Reading section. Some test takers will do extra reading, while others will do extra listening. Students who do extra reading will have two additional passages and be given 40 minutes to complete them. Students who do extra listening will have one extra conversation and two extra lectures, which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. However, it is critical to understand that there is no way to know exactly which passages are scored and which are unscored. For example, if a student gets extra reading for a total of 5 passages, the unscored section might be the first section, the middle section, or the last section. Because there is no way to know which passages will be scored, the test taker must perform at a high level on all sections of the iBT.

Timing & Scoring

Section

Time

Points

Reading

60 minutes

30

Listening

60 minutes

30

Break

10 minutes

N/A

Speaking

15-20 minutes

30

Writing

60 minutes

30

Total  3 hours, 30 minutes 120


Registering

Register for the test online at www.toefl.org. When registering, you will be required to enter your passport or national ID number. You must use the same name (and same spelling of the name) and the number that appear on the identification document that you will bring to the test center. If the name that you register under does not match your identification document, you will not be permitted to take the test. The deadline to register for the test online is seven days before the test date. Late registration closes three days before the test date (not including the day of the test). The fee for late registration can be found at www.ets.org. You will be asked to create a username and password when you register. Be sure to use Latin characters; any other non-Latin characters, such as Turkish, are not accepted by the system. It is very important that you do not forget your username or password as you will need them to get your scores or to reschedule a test. The fee for the iBT test can be found at www.ets.org.

 

Rescheduling or Canceling

You can reschedule or cancel a test online at www.toefl.org. Important note: If you want to reschedule or cancel a test, you must do it 3 full days before the test, not including the day of the test or the day of the request. For example, if your test is on Saturday, you must reschedule by Tuesday. After that time, the test cannot be rescheduled, and the test fee will be forfeited if you do not show up for the test as scheduled. The fee to reschedule can be found at www.ets.org. (All the rules and regulations of the TOEFL iBT test are subject to change by ETS at any time. For more information, please check www.toefl.org.)

 

On Test Day

You will need to provide identification. Your form of identification must contain both a photo and your signature. Therefore, you will need to bring your passport or driver’s license with you (see www.toefl.org for detailed information). Forms of identification must not be expired, and they must be originals, NOT copies. If you do not bring identification to the test, you will not be admitted. You must also bring your Registration Confirmation form to the test center. Eat a hearty and protein-rich breakfast in the morning. You’ll be at the test center for several hours and don’t want to get hungry. Make sure you feel calm, clear-headed, and confident. Arrive at the test center 30 minutes before the test. Your identification will be checked and you will be asked to sign a “Statement of Confidentiality” form, after which your photo will be taken. You will be asked to put your personal items, such as bags and mobile phones, under your desk where they will remain until the end of the test. You will not be permitted to access your belongings or bag throughout the test.

 

During the test

No speaking to other test takers

No destruction of test center equipment

No eating or drinking

Using the telephone is not permitted.

Using electronic devices, such as calculators, watches or cameras, is not permitted.

(Rules and regulations: www.toefl.org)

 

After the test

You will be allowed to access and collect your bag and belongings.

 

Score reporting

Scores will be available approximately ten business days after test. You can view your scores online at www.toefl.org. You will need your user name and password to access your scores. Scores will also be mailed to you and/or your designated recipients fifteen business days after the test.

 

Customer Support Centers for TOEFL Test Takers

Contact the TOEFL office in Holland:

Phone: +31-320-23-9540

Fax: +31-320-23-9541

Address to send via surface mail:

Prometric

Attn: PTC Registrations Europe

P.O. Box: 2024

8203 AA Lelystad

LELYSTAD – The NETHERLANDS

Address to send via special delivery—DHL, FED-EX, etc.:

Prometric

Attn: PTC Registrations Europe

Noorderwagenplein 6

8223 AL Lelystad

LELYSTAD – The NETHERLANDS

Contact the TOEFL office in Princeton, U.S.A.:

Phone: +1-609-771-7100