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TOEFL iBT Paper Edition Test Content

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.


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Test Structure

Watch this video to learn about the structure of the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition test and what to expect in each section.

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Test time

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.

Test sections overview

Use the tables below to view the breakdown of each TOEFL iBT Paper Edition test section.

Reading, Listening and Writing sections (taken at a test center)

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 54–72 minutes 30–40 questions Read passages and respond to questions.

41–57 minutes

28–39 questions Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions.

10 minutes

Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response.

Speaking section (taken at home)

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Speaking 17 minutes 4 tasks Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to.

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