Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL iBT® test helps you stand out confidently in English, and it comes with a clear advantage — universities know you are ready to succeed.

That's why it's accepted by more than 11,500 universities and other institutions in over 160 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the U.K., and across Europe and Asia.

The test is conveniently offered via 3 testing options:

  • the traditional TOEFL iBT test in a test center

  • the TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  • the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition

It's the only test that measures all 4 academic English skills — reading, listening, speaking, and writing — the way they are actually used in a classroom. So your TOEFL® scores provide a true reflection of your abilities and show admissions officers you have what it takes to be great.

TOEFL iBT® Test Content

The TOEFL iBT® test has 4 sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. During the test, you'll perform tasks that combine these 4 English communication skills, such as:

  • read, listen and then speak in response to a question

  • listen and then speak in response to a question

  • read, listen and then write in response to a question

The total test takes about 3 hours to complete, but you should plan for 3½ hours, allowing 30 minutes for check in



Time Limit




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


17 minutes

4 tasks

Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to


50 minutes

2 tasks

Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response

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