What is TOEFL and how can you prepare for it?

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TOEFL is a standardized test for testing English language knowledge. TOEFL is accepted by many academic and professional institutions of the English language. It is one of the two main tests in the English language in the world; the other one is IELTS. 

This four-hour test includes 4 sections. Each section measures one of the main language skills (meanwhile some of the questions require the integration of multiple skills), and all the questions are focused on the language used in the academic and higher education setting. There are two ways of testing: TOEFL iBT Test and Paper-based Test. You can take notes while doing the TOEFL iBT test. You can undergo this test more than once every 12 days.

  • Reading: (60-80 min)

The reading section consists of 3-5 fragments with 700 words. The fragments are borrowed from university materials.

  • Listening: (60-90 min)

The listening section includes 6 audio fragments where each one lasts around 35 minutes. These fragments include two student discussions and four lectures or academic discussions. Each fragment can be listened to only once. Student discussions have five questions, whereas lectures have 6 questions.

  • Speaking: (20 min)

The speaking section consists of six questions: two independent ones and four integrated ones. Candidates are evaluated based on fluency and spontaneity in speaking as well as their ability to convey their ideas in a clear and coherent way.  In this section, the candidates are offered a short period of preparing before they speak. The responses are registered in a digital way and are sent to the online network of notes in ETS (OSN) and are evaluated from three to six evaluators.

  • Writing: (50 min)

The writing section measures the writing skills in an academic way and includes two tasks: one is integrated and one is independent. The responses are sent to ETS OSN and are evaluated by at least three evaluators.

In the links below you can find preparatory models for the TOEFL test:





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