TOEFL iBT Changes Coming August 1st of 2019

Many of our ESL students here at Hancock International College are preparing for the TOEFL iBT exam. Although ETS, the creators of the TOEFL, have not officially announced anything, reliable sources say that there will be significant changes coming August 1st of this year. International students can breathe a little lighter because these changes are for the better—better as in the exam is shorter. outlines each sections’ changes saying:

“Reading Section
Each reading passage will have only 10 questions, instead of 12-14. It will take 52-74 minutes to finish the reading section, instead of 60-80 minutes. The same types of questions will be used. No question types will be eliminated. The number of articles will not change.

Speaking Section
Speaking Question 1 (personal preference) and Speaking Question 5 (campus situation) will be removed from the test. It will take 17 minutes to finish the speaking section, instead of 20 minutes.

Listening Section
There will be just 3-4 lectures in the listening section, instead of 4-6. The number of conversations will not change. The number of questions will not change. It will take 41-57 minutes to finish the listening section, instead of 60-90 minutes).

It will take three hours to finish the test, instead of 3.5 hours. The test will still be scored out of 120 points, and each section will still have equal weight.

Some of this information comes from the ETS website. Some details have not been publically acknowledged by ETS, but have been confirmed privately.”

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