The TOEFL® Internet-based test (iBT) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: reading. listening, speaking, and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. The TOEFL iBT also emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework.
The TOEFL iBT is being introduced in selected cities in a country as test centers become available. At the same time, the TOEFL iBT testing is being retained to ensure that is sifficient capacity for all who want to test.
ETS will maintain the current version of the test in locations where the TOEFL iBT has not yet been introduced.
The test includes four sections and takes about four hours to complete.
|Section||Time Limit||No.of Questions|
|Speaking||20 minutes||6 tasks|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks|
What's different about the test?
The TOEFL iBT has a Speaking section, which includes independent and integrated tasks. There is no longer a Structure section. Grammar is tested on questions and tasks in each section.
Lectures and conversations in the Listening section are not longer, but note-taking is allowed. In fact, note-taking is allowed throughout the entire test.
The speach in the listening material sounds more natural. Also, there are new questions that measure understanding of speaker's attitude, degree of certainty, and purpose.
The Reading section has new questions that ask test takers to categorize information and fill in a chart or complete a summary.
The Writing section requires typing. There is an integrated task in addition to the current independent task, and the scoring guides (rubrics) used for rating are different from the current test.
The entire test must be taken to receive a score.
The Toefl iBT Reading and Listening sections are not dramatically different from those on the current TOEFL test.
The integrated task on the TOEFL iBT Speaking and Writing sections may be considered more challenging they are new to test takers. However, to succed academically in English-speaking colleges and universities, students need to be able to combine their languaje skills in the classroom.
The integrated task in the new test will help learners build the confidence needed to communicate in the academic environments they plan to enter.
The inclusion of Speaking, the use of integrated skills, and the emphasis on communicative competence will have greate impact on how English is taught in the future. Students and other test takers will develop a higher level of English ability as a result, and will have confidence that they will be able to communicate and succeed.
Admissions officials and faculty at English-speaking colleges and universities, as well as administrators of certification and licensing agencies, will have better information about their applicants' English communication abilities.
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