The TOEFL® test is now shorter
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The TOEFL® test is now shorter

Oct 10, 2019

Great news for you! The TOEFL iBT® test—the world’s premier English-language test for more than 50 years—has been shortened by 30 minutes with no changes to the overall test format or question types.

Great news for you! The TOEFL iBT ® test—the world’s premier English-language test for more than 50 years—has been shortened by 30 minutes with no changes to the overall test format or question types.

That’s right. It’s the same fair, reliable, preferred test, just with fewer questions in the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections. You can still finish the test in half a day with no need to return for a second day (like some other tests require).  

With fewer tasks to complete and fewer questions to answer, you will be better equipped to improve your focus and performance.

Most important, the shorter TOEFL ® test maintains its high standard of quality. With feedback from students along with our extensive research, it’s clear that a shorter test is in the best interest of our test takers.

Here is what you can expect on the four sections of the recently shortened TOEFL test.

Test Section Before August 1, 2019 After August 1, 2019
Reading 3-4 reading passages
12-14 questions each
60-80 minutes
3-4 reading passages
10 questions each
54-72 minutes
Listening 4-6 lectures, 6 questions each
2-3 conversations, 5 questions each
60-90 minutes
3-4 lectures, 6 questions each
2-3 conversations, 5 questions each
41-57 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks:
2 independent
4 integrated
20 minutes
4 tasks:
1 independent
3 integrated
17 minutes

The Writing section will remain the same, with 2 tasks taking a total of 50 minutes. The test will still be scored on a 0–30 scale for each section, and 0–120 for the total score.

Learn more about the TOEFL test.

The TOEFL test helps you stand out confidently in English, letting universities know that you are ready to succeed. What’s more, your TOEFL scores provide a true reflection of your abilities in the way that they are actually used in the classroom. Check out the resources below to familiarize yourself with the test and help you prepare for success.

With expert guidance from those who know the TOEFL test best, you will be a step ahead of your peers.

A few tips for test day.

On test day, you want to be able to focus solely on your English-language skills. To that end, we’ve put together some tips to help you get ready for test day:

  • Make sure that you have a valid form of identification (ID) that meets the requirements of the country where you are testing. The name on your ID must exactly match the name you provided at registration. Also be sure to recheck your TOEFL iBT account the day before the test, in case there have been any updates such as a different starting time or a different building.
  • Arrive at the test center 30 minutes early. If you’re late, you won’t be able to take the test!
  • You will be assigned a seat a few minutes before your start time. No mobile phones or other personal items are allowed in the testing room.
  • You can use the restroom at any time. Just keep in mind that the time clock does not stop while you are out of the room.  

You can check out more information on what to expect on test day.

The TOEFL test experience is now better than ever. Take the test that’s accepted by more than 10,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., the U.K. and all across Europe and Asia. You’ll find everything you need to register here.