Test Content

The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, contains 100 percent academic content created by working with institutions to identify the English-language demands faced by non-native English speakers.

It simulates actual tasks from classrooms — from comprehending a lecture to participating in discussions and extracurricular activities.

Our researchers recorded examples of classroom teaching, study groups and student interactions at several institutions. They collected textbooks and packets from students’ courses and compiled their findings into a language database called a "corpus." The language used in the TOEFL iBT test closely reflects what is used in everyday academic settings.

This ensures your applicants are equipped with the skills students need in a higher education classroom. Students who score well on the TOEFL iBT test are prepared for success at your institution and to go further in their careers.

Know How Well Candidates Use English

The TOEFL iBT test uses integrated tasks to measure all four skills students need to communicate: reading, listening, speaking and writing. Students may read a passage, listen to a lecture, assimilate what they have learned and then speak or write just as they do in a classroom.

The TOEFL iBT test uses six different tasks to simulate and assess real academic speaking demands and provides test takers with feedback on three aspects of academic speaking proficiency:

  • academic course content
  • campus situations
  • familiar topics

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4 out of 5 Institutions Prefer the TOEFL Test

Among admissions officers surveyed, and who expressed a preference*, four out of five prefer the TOEFL test.

* Source: Survey of 263 admissions officers at U.S. universities, of which 212 accept both the TOEFL test and the IELTS™ test and 152 state a preference.

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