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How Long Does the TOEFL Take and What’s on it

11 Sep
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The TOEFL test can take anywhere from 3 and 1/2 hours to 4 and 1/2 hours to complete. Below, when we explain the structure, you’ll learn why it varies. Let’s talk about TOEFL in more detail. You’ll be tested on 4 sections in the following order and manner.
Section
Explanation
Time
Questions
Score
Reading
3-4 academic passages; about 700 words long; 14 questions each.
60-80 minutes
42-56 questions
0-30
Listening
4-6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; 3-5 minutes long with 6 questions. 2-3 conversations; each 3 minutes long with 5 questions.
60-90 minutes
34-51 questions
0-30
Break
 
10 minutes
 
 
Speaking
2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to.
25 minutes
6 questions
0-4 points converted to 0-30 score scale
Writing
1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.
55 minutes
2 questions
0-5 points converted to 0-30 score scale
In sum
 
210-260 minutes
 
0-120
TOEFL iBT Reading: Why 60-80 Minutes
Some students (this may be you) will be given an extra experimental reading. This will give you a total of 4 passages to complete with 80 minutes on the timer for all 4.
This experimental reading won’t count towards your score and will appear randomly among the other 3 readings, so there’s no way to know which one it will be. This means that if you get 4, you must do your best on each. Don’t waste time or energy trying to guess which one the experimental reading is.
TOEFL iBT Listening: Why 60-90 Minutes
As with the reading, some students (this may be you), will receive an extra experimental set of 3 listenings, bringing the total to 9 listenings.
Again, the experimental set will not count towards your overall TOEFL score, but don’t try to guess which listenings are experimental. They will be randomly spread throughout the section and it will be a waste of time and energy to try to figure out which listenings are experimental and which are not.
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