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The premier test of academic English communication

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TOEFL iBT Test Content

The TOEFL iBT test has four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.


Test time

The total test takes just under 2 hours to complete, but you should plan for 2.5 hours, allowing 30 minutes for check in.


Test sections overview

Use the table below to view the breakdown of each TOEFL iBT test section.


Section Estimated Timing Questions/Tasks Description
Reading 35 minutes 20 questions Read passages and respond to questions.
Listening 36 minutes 28 questions Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions.
Speaking 16 minutes 4 tasks Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and heard.
Writing 29 minutes 2 tasks

Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response.

State and support an opinion in an online classroom discussion.


To receive official scores, you must answer at least one question each in the Reading and Listening sections, and complete at least one Speaking task and one Writing task.

Learn more about each test section

Take a closer look at each section of the test.