TOEFL® Essentials™ Test Content
The TOEFL® Essentials™ test has 4 sections — Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking — plus a 5-minute, unscored Personal Video Statement.
The total test takes about 1 ½ hours to complete, not including check in.
|Listening||21–34 min.||30–45||Answer questions about conversations and talks in various settings|
|Reading||22–33 min.||30–45||Answer questions about short academic and nonacademic texts|
|Writing||24–30 min.||14–18 questions and 2 tasks||Build sentences and write responses for everyday and academic situations|
|Speaking||13 min.||3 tasks with 19 responses||Retell written and spoken input, and speak to a simulated interviewer|
|Personal Video Statement||5 min.||2||Answer questions about yourself and your opinions (not scored)|
* The time and number of questions are approximate and can vary due to the adaptive format of the test. The test you take may include some unscored questions — either in the Listening and Writing sections, or in the Reading section. These questions are for research purposes and don’t count toward your score.
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