In this article, we will introduce the structure of the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). It is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is used as an entry requirement by English-speaking academic institutions for international students whose mother tongue is not English. Having good scores opens the door to the most prestigious universities, it is thus important to be well prepared before taking this test! Once passed, the certification is valid for two years.


The Structure of the TOEFL

This test has been administered by Educational Testing Service (ETL) since 1947, which organize the exam and the certification throughout the world. You can find the nearest exam center on their web site.

This test takes more than four hours to complete. Here is the structure of the TOEFL. Become familiar with it because knowing what to expect will make your job much easier!

1) Reading Section

Time: 60-90 minutes
Assignment: 3-5 passages
Number of questions: 36-70
Scaled Score: 30

2) Listening Section

Time: 60-90 minutes
Assignment: 2-3 conversations, 4-6 lectures
Number of questions: 34-51
Scaled Score: 30
Break (10 minutes)

3) Speaking Section

Time: 20 minutes
Assignment: 2 independent, 4 integrated
Number of questions: 6
Scaled Score: 30

4) Writing Section

Time: 50 minutes
Assignment: 1 independent, 1 integrated
Number of questions: 2
Scaled Score: 30

As you can see, the Reading and Listening sections may take up to 90 minutes. Sessions of this length are for extended versions, which are randomly assigned. It’s basically the same exam but a little bit longer.

In the next articles of our blog, we will give you useful tips and tricks to ace each of these parts.


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