The Internet-Based TOEFL® (iBT)

The TOEFL iBT has four sections: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. On the four-part TOEFL iBT, most of the questions are independent, but some of the questions are integrated. For example, you may be asked to listen to a lecture or read a text and then speak about it or write a response. The total score will be based on a scale of 0-120.

The majority of the questions in the TOEFL iBT Listening and Reading Sections are multiple-choice. Some other types of questions are also on the TOEFL iBT. These questions will have special directions on the screen. You will have examples of them in the Practice Test.

The total time for the testing session of the TOEFL iBT is about four hours.

Listening 33-34 questions
Speaking 6 questions
Reading 36-39 questions
Writing 2 questions
TOTAL TIME 4 hours

Scoring on the TOEFL® iBT

The TOEFL® iBT has section scores for each of the four sections. The range for each section score is 0-30. Then the scores for the four sections are added together. The total score range for the TOEFL® iBT is 0-120

Registering for the TOEFL® iBT

The Information Bulletin for the Internet-based TOEFL® will have a registration form in it.

There are three ways to order a TOEFL® Information Bulletin.

Contact ABE Overseas.

You may take the Internet-based TOEFL® as many times as you wish in order to score to your satisfaction. There may be a limit to the number of times that you may take the test in a one-month time period. More information about these limits will be published at a later date.

Helpful Hints for taking the TOEFL® iBT

Work as rapidly as possible without compromising accuracy.

Answering Test Questions: When you are presented with a multiple-choice question on the TOEFL® iBT, read the four possible answers on the screen, point the arrow, and click beside the answer that you choose

Taking Notes: You are allowed to take notes and use them to answer questions on the Internet-based TOEFL®. You will be given paper for that purpose when you go into the test room.

Changing Answers: On the Listening Section of the TOEFL® iBT, you can change your answer by clicking on the new answer. You can change your answer as many times as you wish until you click on the Next button. When you click on Next, you move to the next question, and you cannot go back to a previous question.

On the Speaking Section, you will be cured with a beep to begin and end speaking. Everything that you say during the recording time will be submitted. You cannot change an answer.

On the Reading Section, you can change your answer by clicking on the new answer. You can change your answer as many times as you wish, and you can go back to previous answers on the same reading passage. When you begin a new reading passage, you may not return to the previous passage to change answers.

On the Writing Section, you can revise your essays as much as you wish until the clock indicates that no time is remaining. If you submit your essays before time is up, you cannot return to them.

Guessing: If you are not sure of an answer, you should guess. The number of incorrect answers is not subtracted from your score. Your score is based on only the number of correct answers.

First, eliminate all of the possibilities that you know are NOT correct. Then, if you are almost sure of an answer, guess that one. If the supervisor tells you to stop working on a section before you have finished it, answer all the remaining questions with the “guess answer."

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