GOOD NEWS FROM TOEFL iBT

Effective from August 1, 2019, all TOEFL iBT® test takers will profit from upcoming test formats and score submission improvements and simpler registration.

To begin with, the test time of TOEFL® will be reduced by 30 minutes to just three hours, without any modifications to the general test format or question types. It’s the same fair, reliabletest, but the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections have fewer questions.

Below is a side-by-side contrast, after August 1, 2019, between the old TOEFL and the new TOEFL. Alterations to TOEFL were printed in bold.

SECTION OLD TOEFL NEW TOEFL
TOEFL Reading 3-4 passages (standard length of 3 passages) 3-4 passages (standard length of 3 passages)
12-14 questions per passage 10 questions per passage
60-80 minutes (standard time of 60 minutes) 54-72 minutes (standard time of 54 minutes)
Average of 1 min. 40 sec. per question Average of 1 min. 48 sec. per question
TOEFL Listening 4-6 lectures, 6 questions each (standard length of 4 lectures) 3-4 lectures, 6 questions each (standard length of 3 lectures)
2-3 conversations, 5 questions each (standard length of 3 conversations) 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each (standard length of 3 conversations)
60-90 minutes (standard time of 60 minutes) 41-57 minutes (standard time of 41 minutes)
Average of 1 min. 46 sec per question Average of 1 min. 28 sec. per question
TOEFL Speaking 6 tasks 4 tasks
2 TOEFL Independent Speaking tasks 1 TOEFL Independent Speaking task
4 TOEFL Integrated Speaking tasks 3 TOEFL Integrated Speaking tasks
20 minutes 17 minutes
TOEFL Writing 2 tasks 2 tasks
50 minutes of response time 50 minutes of response time

(NO CHANGES)

Whole Test 3.5 hours 3 hours

 

 

Speaking Tasks on the New TOEFL: Removed Tasks and Renumbered Tasks

In conjunction to the above-mentioned 2019 ETS TOEFL updates, the 4 TOEFL Speaking Tasks from the old TOEFL still in the new TOEFL will be re-numbered. The table below gives a closer look at the removal and renumbering of tasks:

TOEFL Speaking Tasks
(old TOEFL)
TOEFL Speaking Tasks
(new TOEFL)
TOEFL Speaking Task 1 (Independent) (removed)
Task 2 (Independent) Task 1 (Independent)
Task 3 (Integrated) Task 2 (Integrated)
Task 4 (Integrated) Task 3 (Integrated)
Task 5 (Integrated) Removed
Task 6 (Integrated) Task 4 (Integrated)

 

 

What Will NOT Change in the New TOEFL Exam

We’ve discussed some of what’s not going to be changed in the sections above. Yet getting an overview of what remains the same for the TOEFL is also a good idea. Here’s a roundup of all the same things in the old and new TOEFL.

  • TOEFL Reading will continue to have a standard format of 3 passages, with the possibility of a fourth experimental passage.
  • TOEFL Listening will continue to have 6 questions per lecture or classroom discussion, and 5 questions per conversation.
  • TOEFL Reading and TOEFL Listening will keep all of the same question types. (In other words, there are fewer questions in these sections, but not fewer question types.)
  • Reading times, preparation times, and response times will not change for the TOEFL Speaking tasks that are being kept in the exam.
  • On the four TOEFL Speaking tasks that will remain on the exam, the time limits for preparation and speech have not changed.
  • No TOEFL changes whatsoever in Writing. The TOEFL Writing section will remain exactly as is: the same two tasks, the same task and section time limits.
  • The scaled score system (0-30 per section, 0-120 for the whole test) will stay the same.
  • For people who’ve only taken the test once, however, score calculation and score reporting remains exactly the same.
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