Beat the Test.

October 14, 2007

Complete Structure of the TOEFL iBT

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1. Reading

Time: 60-100 minutes
Material: 3-5 academic readings, 600-700 words per reading
Questions: 12-14 questions per reading, 36-70 questions total
Question Types (no order):

1. Details
2. Negative Details
3. Vocabulary
4. Inference
5. Reference
6. Author’s Purpose/Method/Opinion
7. Sentence Simplification
8. Insert Text
9. Fill-in-a-Chart
10. Summary

2. Listening

Time: 60 to 90 minutes
Material: 4-6 university lectures (up to 7 min.), 2-3 student conversations (up to 3 min.)
Questions: 5 questions per conversation, 6 questions per lecture
Question Types (no order):

1.  Main Idea
2.  Details
3.  Purpose and attitude
4.  Prediction and inference
5.  Categorizing information
6.  Summarizing a process

(Mandatory Break – 10 minutes)

3. Speaking

Time: 20 minutes
Question Types (in order):

Independent Speaking— Preparation 15 s. / Response: 45 s.

1. Personal Preference                    
2. Paired Choice

Integrated Reading + Writing + Speaking — Preparation: 30 s. / Response: 60 s.

3. Announcement  (conversation)
4. General/Specific  (lecture)

Integrated Listening + Speaking –– Preparation: 20 s. / Response: 60 s.

5. Problem/Solution/Opinion  (conversation)
6. Summary  (lecture)

4. Writing

Time: 50 minutes
Question Types (in order):

1. Integrated Reading + Listening + Writing — 20 minutes, approx. 200 words
2. Independent Writing — 30 minutes, approx. 300 words
 
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TOTAL TEST TIME: 3 hrs 10 min – 4hrs 20 min          
       

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