The TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) -- Overview

60-80 min Reading 36- 56 multiple-choice comprehension questions 3-4 passages (about 700 words)
@ 20 min. each;
includes glossary & review feature
30 points
60-90 min. Listening notes; 34-51 multiple choice comprehension questions 2-3 conversations
4-6 academic lectures (3-5 min.)
30 points
10 min. BREAK
20 min.



Speaking (6 tasks) ➊ independent
15-30 sec. preparation
2 questions about familiar topics; response using personal knowledge
and experience
30 points
➋ integrated
45 sec. response time
2 responses to a short lecture &
a short reading;
2 summaries of key ideas in short lectures or conversations; notes
50 min.  



➊ independent
(30 min.)
essay of opinion or preference 30 points
➋ integrated (Reading/Listening/Writing
(20 min.)
response to a reading and lecture;
about 4 hours TOTALS 120 points
TOEFL: About the iBT TOEFL Test, Registration (information, cost, registration & information bulletin, registration form, registration centers, country/language codes, comparison tables, sample writing/speaking responses, tips), Prepare for the Test, On the Test Day, Scores and TOEFL iBT Writing Section Scoring Guide (PDF), TOEFL Web Site <>
order TOEFL iBT Bulletin
TOEFL iBT free Sampler: when you register for the iBT TOEFL
TOEFL iBT Practice Tests (not free): register for membership (free); then access the site to purchase materials
TOEFL Test Overview by EnglishTestPrepReview
Prepare for the test: Take the TOEFL® iBT Tour;
TOEFL iBT® Quick Prep: free downloads of real TOEFL iBT test questions from past tests, 4 volumes, 2 with links to mp3 files for listening); also: TOEFL Test Prep Planner (sample questions, answers, scores), Free Sample Questions (free download), Sample Writing Responses
tips & samples for Integrated Speaking: TOEFL® TV Channel; videos with tips & samples for Speaking 1 & 2, Writing 1, Writing 2; videos with tips for Reading/Vocabulary & Listening at Inside the TOEFL® Test
Price: US$180 to US$250 (depending on country)

ETS Test Center List (US); all iBT Test Centers and Dates; video about what to expect at the test center

Test Center for Vermont: Williston -- 5209
Prometric Testing Center
600 Blair Park Road, Suite 326
Williston, Vermont 05495, United States of America
TOEFL iBT Tips Booklet (PDF); TOEFL Prepare & Practice (links to tips from experts and students & practice samples) TOEFL Resources in the Language Learning Resource Center at SMC

© 2006  Christine Bauer-Ramazani, Saint Michael's College. Last updated: Nov. 4, 2019