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Changes in TOEFL: Test Exam Shortened

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TOEFL iBT test time will be shortened by 30 minutes, to just 3 hours, with no changes to the overall test format or question types. In other words, it’s the same fair, reliable, preferred test, just with fewer questions in the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections. You can still finish the test in half a day with no need to return for a second day.
Education NewsThe test changes are -

Test Section

Before August 1, 2019

After August 1, 2019


3–4 reading passages
12–14 questions each
60–80 minutes

3–4 reading passages
10 questions each
54–72 minutes


4–6 lectures, 6 questions each
2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
60–90 minutes

3–4 lectures, 6 questions each
2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
41–57 minutes


6 tasks
2 independent
4 integrated
20 minutes
4 tasks
1 independent
3 integrated
17 minutes

The Writing section will remain the same, with 2 tasks taking a total of 50 minutes. The test will still be scored on a 0–30 scale for each section, and 0–120 for the total score.

The test has been shortened for a better testing experience and to lessen fatigue and improve focus and performance, helping them to show their best.

Two questions removed from the Speaking section:
Independent question #1 (express a personal preference) and integrated question #5 (campus situation; problem/solution) are being removed. The remaining questions will be renumbered 1 to 4 in the shortened version.
Published on 9/11/2019 2:26:00 PM

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