TOEFL® iBT

TOEFL iBT™ Test Content

The TOEFL iBT™ test is given in English and administered in an internet-based format. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing).
The total test takes about 3 hours to complete, but you should plan for 3½ hours, allowing 30 minutes for check in.
During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, 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

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 54–72 minutes 30–40 questions Read passages and respond to questions
Listening 41–57 minutes 28–39 questions Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 17 minutes 4 tasks Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response

Register for the TOEFL iBT™ Test

– Register 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be sure to spell your name exactly as it appears on the identification you will bring on test day.
– Pay with a credit/debit card: American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard® or VISA®. You can also use an electronic check (e-check) if you have a bank account in the United States or its territories.
– Registration closes ten days before your test date.
– Late registration closes three days before your test date (not including the day of the test) and has a late fee of US$40.
– For additional fees, visit here.
– Need help registering online?  Use step-by-step guide (PDF).