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Frequently Asked Questions about the revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test

About the Test

What is the difference between the TOEFL® PBT test and the revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test?

They are similar in many ways. Both tests measure 3 skills. There is no speaking component due to the technology required to capture speaking responses. TOEFL paper testing is only offered in locations where testing via the internet is not available.

The revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test uses the same types of questions as the TOEFL iBT® test. Because the revised paper test is more closely aligned with the TOEFL iBT test, the scores will be reported on the TOEFL iBT score scale of 0–30 for each section, eliminating the former TOEFL PBT score scale of 310–677.

The Writing section has 1 integrated question and 1 independent question, just as on the TOEFL iBT test. This is a change from the TOEFL PBT test, where students wrote only 1 essay.

What is the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test like?
  • The revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test uses the same types of questions as the TOEFL iBT test.
  • The test measures Reading, Listening, and Writing. Speaking is not included.
  • The Writing section has 1 integrated question and 1 independent question, just as on the TOEFL iBT test. This is a change from the TOEFL PBT test, where students wrote only 1 essay.
  • The test length is approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Learn more about test content and structure.

What am I tested on in each section?
  • Listening measures the ability to understand lectures, classroom discussions, and conversations spoken in English at the university level.
  • Reading measures the ability to understand written passages from academic texts.
  • Writing measures the ability to write in English to respond to questions based on reading and listening tasks, and to support an opinion.
Are all the questions multiple choice?

All of the questions in the Listening and Reading sections are multiple choice. The Writing section consists of two essay questions.

Are the TOEFL ITP® tests changing?

No. The TOEFL ITP® tests, which are used by institutions for placement and monitoring progress of their ESL students, have not changed.

The test that has changed is the TOEFL Paper-based test (TOEFL PBT), which has been replaced by the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test as the paper alternative to the TOEFL iBT test. These tests are used for college and university admissions and are delivered at authorized test centers. The revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test is offered in locations where testing via the internet is not available.

Learn more about the TOEFL ITP tests.

Registration

Where will the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test be available?

To determine whether the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test is offered in a particular country, select your testing location.

How often will the test be offered?

The test is offered on 4 dates during each testing year. A testing year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year.

How do I register to take the test?

You can register online or by mail. Review the list of test centers and dates. Find additional registration information.

How much does the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test cost?

The test fee is US$180. See TOEFL Testing and Service Fees for payment information.

When will I have my admission ticket?

If you do not receive your admission ticket by 2 weeks before the test date, contact TOEFL Services.

How do I cancel or reschedule my registration?

Test date changes are not permitted. If you do not take the test and do not register for another date, you may request a partial refund of 50 percent of the registration fee by submitting the Refund Request Form . If you wish to take the test on another date, submit a new registration form and test fee.

Do not contact the test center before the day of the test. Staff at the test center will not have the information necessary to help you. Contact TOEFL Services if you need help.

What must I bring on test day?

You will need:

  • valid ID with your name, signature and photograph (see what to bring on test day); the name on your ID must exactly match the name you use when you register for the test
  • your admission ticket
  • your signed Photo File Record with a recent, recognizable photo — Note: Your Photo File Record must be completed in black lead pencil so it can be scanned when it is returned to ETS.
  • 3 or 4 sharpened soft-lead (No. 2 or HB) pencils and a good eraser
I have a disability. How will I be accommodated?

Accommodations are provided for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs who meet ETS requirements.

Please see Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs .

Test Preparation

Where can I find sample questions for the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test?

See Prepare for the Test to view free sample questions.

Can I use TOEFL iBT materials to prepare for the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test?

Yes. TOEFL iBT test preparation materials can be used for the Reading, Listening, and Writing sections of the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test. Just remember, there is no Speaking section on the test.

On Test Day

What should I bring on test day?

See What to Bring on Test Day.

Are personal belongings allowed?

You can bring only your approved identification (ID) document(s), admission ticket, photo file record and pencils into the testing room.

See What to Expect on Test Day.

What rules do I have to follow while at the test center?

Visit the Scoring Policies page for information on test-taker behavior and ETS score cancellation policies.

Scores and Score Reports

How and when do I get my scores?

Typically, score reports will be provided to you and any score recipients you selected about 5 weeks after the test date.

Allow 7–10 days after the mailing date for delivery within the continental United States, and additional time for other areas. If your scores have not been received 7 weeks after your test date, contact TOEFL Services.

Your test fee includes a test taker score report for you, and up to 4 official score reports sent from ETS directly to your selected institutions.

How do I order additional score reports?

Print out a copy of the Additional Score Report Request Form and follow the instructions on the back of the form for completing and mailing or faxing your request and payment.

Read more about ordering additional score reports.

What is the score scale?

Each of the 3 sections is scored on a scale of 0–30. There is no total score.

Will the Writing section be scored the same way as it is for the TOEFL iBT test?

Yes, the Writing section will be scored with the same rubrics used for the TOEFL iBT test. However, because the responses are handwritten, automated scoring is not used, and all responses are scored by human raters only.

How long will my scores be valid?

All TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.

How can I cancel my scores?

Complete the score cancellation section of your answer sheet on test day, or contact TOEFL Services within 1 week of your test date.

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