TOEFL® - Faqs

How will the new test be administered?

  • The new test will be administered on fi xed dates in a network of secure Internet-based test centers.
  • Internet-based testing makes it possible to greatly expand the number of test centers in what is already
  • the world´s largest testing network. Most areas where the TOEFL® test is offered will have 30 to 40 administrations a year, but the number will vary based on the number of test takers and test center capacity.
  • ETS will continue to utilize the current computer-based testing as well as paper-based testing until the Internet-based version is available.
  • Test center information will be posted at www.ets.org/toefl /nextgen and will be updated regularly.
  • Information and Registration Bulletins will be available at many educational advising centers, colleges,
  • universities, and libraries.

Why is the TOEFL test changing?

The new test measures better what colleges and universities need to know: a prospective student´s ability to use English to communicate in an academic setting. The new Speaking section evaluates a person´s ability to use spoken English, and the new integrated Writing and Speaking tasks measure the ability to combine information from more than one source and communicate about it.

Why use Internet-based testing (iBT)?

ETS has wanted to add Speaking to the test for quite a while, but needed to wait until it could be done in a way that met its standards for quality. Internet-based testing makes it possible for ETS to capture and score test-taker speech in the most effi cient, standardized, and objective manner. Internet-based testing will also make it possible to greatly increase the number of test centers, which is good for test takers.

What is different about the TOEFL® test?

The TOEFL® test has a new 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. Note taking is allowed throughout the test. The lectures and conversations in the TOEFL® Listening section are longer, but test takers can take notes. The speech in the listening material sounds more natural, and one lecture per test may use a British or Australian accent.

Also, there are new questions that measure the understanding of a speaker´s attitude, degree of certainty, and purpose. The TOEFL® Reading section has new questions that ask test takers to categorize information and fill in a chart or complete a summary. In the TOEFL® Writing section, typing is required. There is an integrated task, in addition to the current independent task, and the rubrics used for rating are different from the current test.

Will it be possible to take just a specific section of the test?

It will be necessary to take the entire test to receive a score.