TOEFL iBT vs TOEFL PBT vs TOEFL CBT

TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) The four-hour test consists of four sections: Reading (approx.60-80mins), Listening (approx.60-80mins), Speaking (20mins), Writing (50mins), each measuring one of the basic language skills (while some tasks require integrating multiple skills) and all tasks focus on language used in an academic, higher-education environment. Note-taking is allowed during the iBT. The test cannot be taken more than once a week. Registration is done online on ETS website.

TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) is given in areas where the iBT is not available. Test takers must register in advance either online or by using the registration form provided in the Supplemental Paper TOEFL Bulletin. They should register in advance of the given deadlines to ensure a place because the test centers have limited seating and may fill up early. Tests are administered on fixed dates 6 times each year.
The test is 3 hours long and all test sections can be taken on the same day (Listening: 30-40mins; Structure and Written Expression: 25 minutes; Reading Comprehension: 55 mins; and Writing: 30 mins). Students can take the test as many times as they wish. However, colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent score.

TOEFL CBT (computer-based test) has been discontinued since 2006 and these scores are no longer valid.

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2 Responses to “TOEFL iBT vs TOEFL PBT vs TOEFL CBT”

  1. This is important to remember while you are browsing IELTS or TOEFL preparation course, if you are planning on applying for citizenship or collage and intend to use your results as an entry requirement.

  2. jon says:

    About TOEFL iBT

    The TOEFL® Internet-based test emphasizes integrated skills and measures all four language skills, including speaking. Each of the four language skills reported on a scale of 0 to 30. There will also be a total score.

    The content on the test is authentic, and the language is consistent with that used in everyday, real academic settings. The Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® test) evaluates the proficiency and general understanding of the English Language for people whose first language is not English.

    A Standardized Test, (TOEFL®) assesses the English Proficiency of people, whose native language does not happen to be English. It tests the ability to understand North American English. Institutes in other countries, where the mode and language of instruction is English, also use TOEFL®. Most people take the TOEFL® test as a prerequisite for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. In addition, many government, licensing, and certification agencies and exchange and scholarship programs use TOEFL® scores to evaluate the English proficiency of people for whom English is not their native language.

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