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Internet Based TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL is designed for non-native speakers of English who plan to pursue either undergraduate or graduate programs at universities or colleges in North America. The TOEFL iBT has replaced the TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) and the paper and pencil (PBT) versions of the test which were earlier administered in India.

Format of the TOEFL iBT.

The TOEFL iBT consists of four sections :

Listening measures the ability to understand academic reading material.
Reading measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities.
Speaking measures the ability to speak English in an academic context.
Writing measures the ability to write in a way that is appropriate for college and university course work.

All the sections are taken on the same day, and the entire test is about four hours long. The test is not computer-adaptive. Each test taker receives the same range of questions. Instructions for answering the questions are given within each section.

The following chart shows the range of questions and the timing for each section. The time limit for each section varies according to the number of questions.

TEST SECTION NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TIMING
Reading 3-5 passages, 12-14 questions each 60-100 minutes
Listening
  • 4-6 lectures, 6 questions each
  • 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each
60-90 minutes
BREAK
Speaking 6 tasks: 2 independent and 4 integrated 20 minutes
Writing
  • 1 integrated task
  • 1 independent task
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
Score report for iBT TOEFL :

Your TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based TOEFL) scores will provide accurate information about your ability to participate and succeed in academic studies in an English-speaking environment. Your score report will contain five scores: one total score on a scale of 1 to 120, and four skill scores, each on a scale of 0 to 30.

  1. Listening (0-30)
  2. Reading (0-30)
  3. Speaking (0-30)
  4. Writing (0-30)

Your score will be available online approximately 15 business days after you take the test. TOEFL test score is valid for two years.