(Test of English as a Foreign Language)
A high score in the TOEFL examination is essential for entry to an American university. You learn specific strategies for the TOEFL with an emphasis on enriching vocabulary. During the course you will have practice examinations with feedback from your teacher. What's different about the TOEFL iBT (Internet-based testing)?
The new TOEFL includes a Speaking Section.
This section consists of 6 open-ended speaking questions, which require test takers to speak into a microphone. Responses are recorded and scored by human graders. There are more writing questions.
The TOEFL iBT contains an added 20-minute essay along with the current 30-minute essay, for a total of two essays.
The TOEFL iBT is longer.
Some questions on the TOEFL iBT focus only on reading, listening, speaking, or writing skills, while other questions require test takers to integrate these skills. The new exam includes both independent and integrated skills testing. The new test is approximately 4 hours long—an increase of about one hour over the current exam.
The new test has a different scoring system.
Test takers receive a score on each of the four skill areas (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) tested on the TOEFL, as well as an overall score.
TOEFL iBT Scoring Chart
Listening: 0-30 | Reading: 0-30 | Speaking: 0-30 | Writing: 0-30
Why TOEFL iBT?
The TOEFL PBT/CBT are largely multiple-choice exams that test listening, grammar, reading, and writing skills. Test takers who have a broad vocabulary and strong English grammar skills usually do well on the test; however, the TOEFL PBT/CBT does not measure a person's ability to use spoken English or to learn and integrate information from more than one source. For years, colleges and universities have wanted an exam that would assess a prospective student's ability to use spoken English in an academic setting.
How is the new Speaking Section scored?
Test takers receive a score between 0-30 for overall performance on the 6 speaking questions. The Speaking Section accounts for one-fourth of the total score. Human graders will assess and score both essays.
Is grammar still tested?
The TOEFL iBT does not have a stand-alone Structure Section. Grammar skills are incorporated into all sections of the test.