Toefl Test

What are the main difference between Internet-Based Testing (iBT) and Paper based Testing(PBT) formats?
TOEFL iBT measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and takes approximately 4 hours. It is given on computer 30-40 times a year at test centers throughout the world.

TOEFL PBT measures listening, structure (grammar), reading and writing and takes approximately 3 hours. It is given using paper and pencil 6 times a year at test centers where TOEFL iBT is not available.

SectionInternet Based Test (IBT)Paper-Based Test (PBT)
Reading 3-5 passages from academic texts; approximately 700 words long; 12-14 questions per passage.
    What's different?
  • Glossary to define key words; easy-to-use review feature
  • New task categorize information and fill in chart/complete summary

Time:60-100 minutes
Score Scale:0-30
measures the ability to understand non-technical reading material.
Time:30 minutes
Questions:1 topic
Score Scale:31-67
Listening 4-6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; each 3-5 minutes long; 6 questions each. 2-3 conversations; each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each.

Time:60-90 minutes
Score Scale:0-30
10 minutes break

    What's different?
  • Longer, more authentic conversations and lectures
  • Note taking allowed
  • New questions that measure understanding of a speaker's attitude, degree of certainty, purpose, or motivation

Listening Comprehension measures the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America.

3 4 mini-talks: each 60 90 seconds long, 3 5 questions each
2 3 extended conversations: each 60 90 seconds long, 3 5 questions each
30 40 dialogues: each 5 15 seconds long, 1 question each

Time:30-40 minutes
Score Scale:31-68
Speaking 2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to.
Up to 30 seconds to prepare the response
Up to 1 minute to respond
Time:20 minutes
Questions:6 tasks
Score Scale:0-4 points converted to 0-30
No Speaking Section
Structure (grammar) No Structure Section
No grammar section, although grammar is evaluated in Speaking and Writing responses.
This part has 15 exercises of completing sentences correctly and 25 exercises of identifying errors.
Time:25 minutes
Score Scale:31-68
1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.
Time:50 minutes
Questions:2 tasks
Score Scale:0-5 points converted to 0-30
One essay with 250-300 words in average.
Time:30 minutes
Questions:1 topic
Score Scale:0-6
Total score Score Scale:0-120 Score Scale:310-677