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TOEFL (iBT)

The test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Is registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is administered worldwide. Almost 80% of the students who wish to study in US take this test. The TOEFL iBT measures how well you read, listen, speak, and write in English and the integrated use of these skills together in the classroom. The four- hour test consists of four sections, each measuring mainly one of the basic language skills (although some tasks require multiple skills). The test focuses on language used in an academic environment. Not-taking is allowed during the test. The test cannot be taken more than once a week.

READING

The reading section consists of 3-5 long passages and questions about the passages. Students answer questions about main ideas, details, inferences, sentence restatements, sentence insertion, vocabulary, function and overall ideas. New types of questions in the iBT require paraphrasing, filling out the tables, or completing summaries. Generally prior knowledge of the subject under discussion is not necessary to come to the correct answer, through a prior knowledge may help.

LISTENING

It consists of six long passages and questions about the passages. The passages consist of two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussions. The questions are asked to the students to determine main ideas, details, function, stance, inferences, and overall organization.

SPEAKING

It consists of six tasks, two independent tasks and four integrated tasks. In the two independent tasks, students must answer opinion questions about some aspect of academic life. In two integrated reading, listening. And speaking tasks, student must read a passage, listen to a passage, and speak about how the ideas in the two passages are related. In two integrated listening and speaking tasks, student must listen to passages and then summarize and offer opinions on the information in the passages. Test takers are expected to convey information, explain ideas, and defend opinions clearly, coherently, and accurately.

WRITING

The writing section consists of two tasks, one integrated task and one independent task. In the integrated task, students write an essay on what they read and listen. In the independent task, students must write an essay.

SECTION DESCRIPTION TESTING TIME

Reading

3-5 Passages from academic texts; Approximately 700 words long; 12-14 questions per passage

60-100 minutes

Listening

4-6  lectures, some with classroom discussion; each 3-5 min long; 6 questions each; 2-3 conversations; each 3 min long; 5 questions each

60-90 minutes

Break

10 minutes

 

Speaking

 

2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to

20 minutes

Writing

1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic

50 minutes

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