Prep with Confidence: New and Updated TOEFL iBT® Prep Materials

 

Prepare to do your best on test day with new practice questions and updated materials, which include the new Writing task and streamlined directions, that will apply to all TOEFL iBT® test appointments starting July 26, 2023. All TOEFL iBT question types will remain the same, except for one Writing task. Therefore, all existing prep materials are still valid and can be used to help prepare.

Free practice questions for the new Writing task

The new Writing task, “Writing for an Academic Discussion,” will replace the Independent Writing task. Practice as much as you’d like with the questions below for free to feel comfortable and confident with the new task.

After responding to each question, you’ll receive an immediate, unofficial, AI-generated score to gauge your performance. Additionally, two new practice questions will be added here each week, leading up to July 26. For an optimal experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer.

Writing for an Academic Discussion practice questions

Selecting and answering the practice questions

  • When selected, the question will open in a new browser tab, and users will be prompted to type their response
  • After a response is provided and the score is displayed to the practice question, the browser tab must be closed before selecting another practice question.

These questions simulate the enhanced TOEFL iBT testing experience. For an optimal experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer with Google Chrome™ 104+, Mozilla Firefox® 64+ or Apple Safari®.

Windows

Requirement Details
Devices Microsoft® Windows® desktop and laptop
Operating Systems Microsoft Windows 11,10, 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Browsers

For a test experience that most closely simulates the actual test, the following system requirements and settings are recommended.

  • Google Chrome recommended in full-screen mode at 100% zoom. Firefox 64+, Google Chrome 104+ also supported.
  • JavaScript® enabled
  • Popup blockers disabled
  • Clear browser history/cache
Display settings
  • Minimum 1280 x 1024 screen resolution
  • Default font size
  • ClearType enabled
  • Single monitor display (dual displays not supported)

 

Mac®

 

Requirement Details
Devices Mac desktop and laptop
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.13 or higher
Browsers

For a test experience that most closely simulates the actual test, the following system requirements and settings are recommended.

  • Safari 12+ recommended in full screen mode at 100% zoom
  • JavaScript enabled
  • Pop-up blockers disabled
  • Clear browser history/cache
Display settings
  • Minimum 1280 x 1024 screen resolution
  • Single monitor display (dual displays not supported)

If a user receives an error message after submitting a practice question response, they should make sure:

  • additional tabs containing practice items are closed; only one practice question can be open at a time
  • special characters (i.e., $&^#), nonsense or completely off-topic responses are not submitted
  • responses are not exceptionally short or exceptionally long; a good response should be around 100 words

If a user is still receiving an error message after the troubleshooting tips have been applied, this could be due to technical issues, including slow load times or an unusually high volume of users. If this occurs, it is recommended for users to try again later.

After submitting a response to a practice question, an immediate AI-generated score will be displayed. This score is unofficial and serves as an approximate score test takers might receive. On the real TOEFL iBT test, all answers are reviewed by AI and humans for the highest level of accuracy.

Practice Questions Scoring Guide

The table below provides score descriptors for performance on these “Writing for an Academic Discussion” practice questions.

 

Writing Skills Level Your Performance
Writing for an academic discussion

Good

(4.0–5.0)

You made a well-supported, relevant contribution to the discussion, and your ideas are easy to understand. Weaknesses, if there are any, might have to do with:

  • use of English that is occasionally ungrammatical, unclear or unidiomatic
  • the elaboration of your viewpoint needing a little more detail or explanation
Writing for an academic discussion

Fair

(2.5–3.5)

You made a mostly relevant contribution to the discussion and your ideas are mostly understandable, but your response displays weaknesses such as:

  • the support for your viewpoint is sometimes unclear, irrelevant or missing an important example or detail
  • you made some noticeable grammatical mistakes, used incorrect words or did not display sufficient variety in grammar structures and vocabulary
Writing for an academic discussion

Limited

(1.0–2.0)

You attempted to contribute to the discussion, but your attempt was mostly unsuccessful or ineffective because of deficiencies such as:

  • your response is poorly elaborated or its relevance to the discussion is difficult to understand
  • your response displays serious and/or frequent errors in grammar and vocabulary, or it uses a very limited range of grammar and vocabulary
  • by using only the same ideas that had been given in another post, you did not contribute to the discussion
Writing for an academic discussion Score of zero

Your response received a score of zero because of one or any of the following:

  • it rejects the topic or is otherwise not connected to the topic
  • it mainly copies words from the question or other posts
  • it is written in a foreign language or consists of unrelated keystroke characters
  • it contains too little scorable text to evaluate

Updated TOEFL iBT Prep Resources

The TOEFL iBT prep resources below have already been updated to align with the revised directions and content of the tests that will be administered starting July 26, 2023. Updated materials include the new Writing for an Academic Discussion question.

TOEFL iBT Free Practice Test

TOEFL iBT Practice Sets

TOEFL Practice Online

Official TOEFL iBT Prep Course