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TOEFL iBT Reading Section

The TOEFL iBT Reading section assess how well you can read and understand materials used in an academic environment.

It includes three or four reading passages, each approximately 700 words long, with 10 questions per passage. You have 54 to 72 minutes to answer all the questions in the section.

Reading passages are excerpts from university-level textbooks that would be used in introductions to a topic. The passages cover a variety of subjects. Don't worry if you're not familiar with the topic of a passage. All the information you need to answer the questions will be included in the passage. There is a glossary feature available to define words not commonly used, if you need it.


Reading videos

Watch these videos to learn about the types of questions in the Reading section, plus helpful tips.


Reading Factual Information

Inference and Rhetorical

Reading Vocabulary

Sentence Simplification

Insert Text Question


Extra test questions

Your test may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening sections that don't count toward your score. These questions help ETS to:

  • make test scores comparable across administrations
  • determine how these questions function under actual testing conditions