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MAJOR CHANGES TO THE TOEFL iBT

On May 22, 2019, ETS announced major changes to the TOEFL iBT that will come into effect on August 1, 2019. ETS promises that test takers will benefit from an improved TOEFL iBT test experience with a shorter test, enhanced score reporting, and easier registration. 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 is the same fair, reliable, preferred test, just with fewer questions in the Reading, Listening, and Speaking sections. Each reading passage will have 10 questions, instead of 12-14. The number of reading passages will remain the same (3-4). It will take just 54-72 minutes to finish the Reading section (instead of 60-80). There will be 3-4 lectures in the Listening section (instead of 4-6). The number of conversations will not change. The number of questions will not change. It will take 41 to 57 minutes to finish the Listening section (instead of 60-90 minutes). There will be 1 independent (instead of 2) and 3 integrated speaking questions (instead of 4). It will take 17 minutes to finish the Speaking section. We do not know yet which questions will be eliminated. 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.
In addition, the new MyBest scores feature will combine test takers’ best scores for each section from all valid TOEFL iBT scores from the previous 2 years. MyBest scores allow test takers to show their best overall test performance to institutions making important admissions decisions. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent after August 1, 2019, regardless of the test administration date, will automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditional scores from the test taker’s selected test date.
For more information about the enhancements to the TOEFL test format, score reports, and registration, please visit https://www.ets.org/toefl/better_test_experience.

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