The TOEFL iBT Paper Edition test has four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. You’ll take the Reading, Listening and Writing sections on paper at a test center. Then within 3 days after taking the paper section, you’ll take the Speaking section at home on your computer. Your Speaking session will be monitored online by a human proctor.
The Reading, Speaking, and Listening sections at a test center take about 3 hours to complete, but you should plan for 3.5 hours, allowing 30 minutes for check in.
The Speaking section, which you’ll take at home, takes about 16 minutes to complete, but you should plan for 35 minutes, allowing 20 minutes for check in.
Use the tables below to view the breakdown of each TOEFL iBT Paper Edition test section.
|Reading||54–72 minutes||30–40 questions||Read passages and respond to questions.|
|28–39 questions||Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions.|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks||Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response.|
|Speaking||17 minutes||4 tasks||Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to.|
Take a closer look at each section of the test.