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The Better TOEFL iBT® Test Experience
The English-language test that helps you stand out, now has 10 new features that make your experience even better.

We've shortened the test, made registration easier, increased opportunities to test, improved score reporting, added a free practice test and more.

NEW! Reading and Listening Instant Scores

At the end of your test, you will see your unofficial scores for the Reading and Listening sections on the screen. This can give you an idea of how you did on the test and help you determine whether to report or cancel your scores.

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A Shorter Test

TOEFL iBT test time has been 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

Here are a few of the things that haven't changed:

  • There is still a 10-minute break following the Listening section.
  • The Writing section remains the same, with 2 tasks taking a total of 50 minutes.
  • The test is still 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, 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.

View examples of Institutions accepting MyBest Scores

Faster Score Reporting

Now you can get your TOEFL iBT scores even faster! Scores are posted online approximately 6 days after the test date, instead of 10 days. The PDF version of the score report is available to download within 8 days after your test. Score reports are also mailed to you (if you requested a paper copy) and sent to your selected institutions or agencies within 11 days after the test date.

The TOEFL iBT® Free Practice Test

The new TOEFL iBT Free Practice test lets you become familiar with the test format and question types. It features a full test with all 4 sections and real past test questions. You can view correct answers in the Reading and Listening sections, listen to sample Speaking responses, and read sample Writing responses.
Learn more about the TOEFL iBT Free Practice Test.

Afternoon Testing

Convenient afternoon sessions have been added to select test dates, making it easier to find a seat and test time that works for you!

Reduced Retest Waiting Period and Extended Online Registration

The required waiting period between TOEFL iBT tests has been reduced from 12 days to 3 days, which allows testing on consecutive weekends, as available dates permit.

You can also register online up to just 2 days before the test (formerly 4 days). The standard late registration fee still applies from 7 days before the test.

These can give you more opportunities to test and help you meet urgent deadlines. You can still test as many times as you wish.

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.

The TOEFL® Official App

With the TOEFL® official app, it’s easy to manage all of your TOEFL test activities from your mobile device. You can search for test centers and dates, register and pay for the test, access official prep resources, view your scores, and more.

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