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How to Prepare for the TOEFL Test
The TOEFL test is designed to measure the English skills of non-English speaking people by testing their writing, reading, listening and speaking abilities.
This may sound terrifying at first, but that’s okay. It’s natural to feel a bit nervous or overwhelmed (feel like you have too much to do). But I have even more good news for you: It’s a really useful test.
As a language teacher, I love that the TOEFL test is all about using real English in a real-life setting. It’s not about complex grammar and difficult vocabulary that you would never use in real life.
Understand the TOEFL content: No matter which format you take, the TOEFL always has three parts: reading, listening and writing. The Internet-based TOEFL also includes a speaking section.
The Internet-based test (iBT) looks like this:
- Reading section: 60-80 minutes | 36-56 questions
- Listening section: 60-90 minutes | 34-51 questions
- Short break: 10 minutes
- Speaking section: 20 minutes | 6 tasks
- Writing section: 50 minutes | 2 essays
The paper-based test looks like this:
- Listening section: 30-40 minutes| 50 questions
- Writing section: 25 minutes | 40 questions
- Reading section: 55 minutes | 50 questions
- TWE test: 30 minutes | write one essay