Timing and Navigation Enhancements to the
TOEFL iBT® Reading Section

In response to feedback about the length of the TOEFL iBT® Reading section, ETS has decreased the maximum number of reading passages from five to four beginning on November 1, 2011. Test takers will have either 60 minutes to complete three reading passages and questions, or 80 minutes to complete four reading passages and questions.

In addition, the Reading section will no longer be divided into separately timed parts. Instead, all the reading passages and questions will be made available in a single block of time. This change will allow test takers to pace themselves throughout the entire Reading section. It will also allow them to navigate within the entire section, so they can skip questions, go back to review and change responses, or respond to questions that they may have skipped.

We believe this change will allow test takers to better utilise their own test-taking strategies in the Reading section. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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