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Introducing a Better TOEFL iBT® Test Experience
The English-language test that helps you show admissions officers your best is getting even better! Beginning August 1, 2019, you will benefit from an improved TOEFL iBT® test experience with a shorter test, enhanced score reporting and easier registration. Here’s how.

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A Shorter Test

TOEFL iBT test time will be shortened by 30 minutes, to just 3 hours, with no changes to the overall test format or question types. In other words, it’s the same fair, reliable, preferred test, just with fewer questions in the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections. You can still finish the test in half a day with no need to return for a second day.

Here is a summary of the test changes:

Test SectionBefore August 1, 2019After August 1, 2019

Reading

3–4 reading passages
12–14 questions each
60–80 minutes

3–4 reading passages
10 questions each
54–72 minutes

Listening

4–6 lectures, 6 questions each
2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
60–90 minutes

3–4 lectures, 6 questions each
2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
41–57 minutes

Speaking

6 tasks

  • 2 independent
  • 4 integrated

20 minutes

4 tasks

  • 1 independent
  • 3 integrated

17 minutes

Test Sections

Reading

Before August 1, 2019
  • 3–4 reading passages
  • 12–14 questions each
  • 60–80 minutes
After August 1, 2019
  • 3–4 reading passages
  • 10 questions each
  • 54–72 minutes

Listening

Before August 1, 2019
  • 4–6 lectures, 6 questions each
  • 2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
  • 60–90 minutes
After August 1, 2019
  • 3–4 lectures, 6 questions each
  • 2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
  • 41–57 minutes

Speaking

Before August 1, 2019
  • 6 tasks
    • 2 independent
    • 4 integrated
  • 20 minutes
After August 1, 2019
  • 4 tasks
    • 1 independent
    • 3 integrated
  • 17 minutes

The Writing section will remain the same, with 2 tasks taking a total of 50 minutes. The test will still be scored on a 0–30 scale for each section, and 0–120 for the total score.

See FAQs About the Shorter TOEFL iBT® Test.

MyBest Scores

This new feature combines your best scores for each section from all of your valid TOEFL iBT scores in the last 2 years. Everyone has a bad day once in a while, and MyBest scores give you a way to show your best overall test performance. The best news? You don’t have to do anything to take advantage of this feature. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent after August 1, 2019, regardless of the test administration date, will automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditional scores from your selected test date, like this:

This image shows a single student test score where scores for reading, listening, speaking, writing and a total score are shown on the left, and the right image is showing the test takers MyBest score for each section from all of their valid TOEFL scores in the last 2 years.

Easier Registration and Account Management

Now when you log in to your account to register for the TOEFL iBT test, you’ll enjoy greater functionality, an improved registration experience, easy access to test prep and more. Create your account or log in to explore the new registration system.