TOEFL® IBT Frequently Asked Questions

What is the TOEFL® exam?

What is the TOEFL® IBT exam?

What is it used for?

Who needs to take the TOEFL® IBT?

Why should I take the TOEFL® exam?

When can I take the TOEFL® IBT?

What is inside the TOEFL® IBT exam?

What types of questions are in the TOEFL® IBT exam?

How long does it take to do the test?

Are there any breaks during the official test?

Can I just do part of the test?

What does the TOEFL® IBT look like?

How should I prepare for the TOEFL® IBT?

How much does it cost to take the TOEFL® IBT test?

Where can I get more information on the official TOEFL® IBT test?

How do I register for the official TOEFL® IBT test?

How do I get my score for the official TOEFL® IBT test?

How long is my TOEFL® IBT test score good for?



What is the TOEFL® exam?
TOEFL® stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. TOEFL was developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS). TOEFL has been around since 1964.
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What is the TOEFL® IBT exam?
It's the same TOEFL® test but it's the version developed to be taken on a computer rather than doing it on paper. IBT stands for Internet Based Test. It started in 2005.
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What is it used for?
TOEFL® tests your ability to understand, use and communicate in English.
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Who needs to take the TOEFL® IBT?
Anyone who wants to study at an English speaking higher education institute or work in an English speaking country will benefit from taking TOEFL®.
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Why should I take the TOEFL® exam?
The TOEFL® test score is widely accepted by universities and companies around the world as an accurate measure of a person's proficiency in English. You will need to send your TOEFL® test score as part of the entrance requirements.
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When can I take the TOEFL® IBT?
It's offered 30 to 40 times a year at locations around the world. You can practice at any time with TestDEN's Ultimate TOEFL Test Prep course.
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What is inside the TOEFL® IBT exam?
There are always four sections, done in this order: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. The number of questions in Reading varies from 36 to 70 questions. The number of Listening questions varies from 34 to 51. There are always 6 tasks in Speaking and 2 tasks in Writing.
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What types of questions are in the TOEFL® IBT exam?
Single multiple choice is the most common type, but there's a bunch of other types too. Visit TestDEN's TOEFL practice demo to see what the test is like. Enroll in TestDEN Challenge to find out your score.
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How long does it take to do the test?
At minimum, the official test will last 3 hours and 10 minutes. At maximum, it will take 4.5 hours. The length may vary because the Reading section can take from 60 to 100 minutes, and the Listening section ranges from 60 to 90 minutes. Speaking is always 20 minutes. Writing is always 50 minutes.
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Are there any breaks during the official test?
There is a 10 minute break after the Reading and Listening sections have been completed.
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Can I just do part of the test?
No. All four sections must be completed on the official test.
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What does the TOEFL® IBT look like?
You will do the official exam on an Internet secure computer. You can see what the exam is like by trying TestDEN's free practice demo. Click HERE to try!
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How should I prepare for the TOEFL® IBT?
There are TOEFL® books and other free online resources. Practicing by doing simulation tests is the best way to prepare. TestDEN's Ultimate TOEFL Test Prep Course is an effective way to prepare for the exam.
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How much does it cost to take the TOEFL® IBT test?
Prices vary from country to country. In the USA, it will cost you about $170. See the ETS web site for pricing guides.
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Where can I get more information on the official TOEFL® IBT test?
Go to the ETS website. You can also read a detailed PDF file here.
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How do I register for the official TOEFL® IBT test?
Go to ETS.
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How do I get my score for the official TOEFL® IBT test?
You will get a copy in the mail and be able to see your score online within 2 weeks of completing the IBT test.
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How long is my TOEFL® IBT test score good for?
2 years.
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