What is TOEFL iBT

The TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – internet Based Test) is a test to measure the English proficiency and skills of a nonnative speaker of English. This test is usuallly required by colleges and universities as well as companies and scholarship programs.

The TOEFL iBT has four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

The Reading section has three long passages and questons about them. The topics of the passages are of academic such as subjects taught in schools. The questions are about the main ideas, details, inferences, sentence restatements, sentence insertion, and vocabulary.

The Listening section has six long passages and questions about them. There are two listening passages which are recordings of student conversations and four passages of lectures and discussions. The questions are for main ideas, details, function, inferences, and overall organization.

The Speaking section has six tasks; two independent tasks and four integrated tasks. In independent tasks, testtakers must answer opinion questions, while in integrated tasks, the test taker will read, listen, and and speak about the passages relationship.

The Writing section has two tasks. The first one is integrated task where the test taker will read a passage, listen to another passage, and write about how the ideas of the two passages are related. The second task, the independent task, the test taker will write a personal essay based on a given topic/question.


For those who want to take TOEFL iBT, go to www.ets.org  for registration. Follow the procedures given in the TOEFL Information Bulletin in the said site.


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One Response to “What is TOEFL iBT”

  1. 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.

    The TOEFL® test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is designed to measure the English-language ability of people who do not speak English as their first language and who plan to study at colleges and universities in Canada and the USA. Language specialists prepare the material for the TOEFL® test. The TOEFL® test Committee of Examiners establishes overall guidelines for the test content and specifications. All the content, questions, specifications, and final test forms are reviewed for cultural and racial bias and content appropriateness, according to established Educational Testing Service (ETS®) procedures.

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