What is TOEFL?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a language proficiency test used to test students’ levels of English. The test can be used for immigration purposes, job entrance, and university entrance. It is most commonly used in countries where English is not a first language or for students/applicants arriving from those countries.
TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test)
This test is taken over the internet in a testing center. The iBT contains 4 sections: reading, writing, speaking, and listening and will take around 4.5 hours to finish.
Section Time Limit Questions 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.
The ITP is a paper-based test and does not measure speaking ability. The test only takes around 2 hours to complete.
Section Number of Questions Admin. Time Score Scale
Listening Comprehension 50 35 minutes 31–68
Structure and Written Expression 40 25 minutes 31–68
Reading Comprehension 50 55 minutes 31–67
TOTAL 140 115 minutes 310–677

More Information
– TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
– The tests happen multiple times a year.
– Tests can be taken as many times as you want, with a 12 day gap between tests.
– Official scores can be sent to up to 4 universities.


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