Overview of The TOEFL iBT Exam

What It Is, Where It Takes Place, How Long It Will Take, The Format Of The Exam, How It It Scored…
+ “The Coolest Thing About The TOEFL iBT Exam

Image Credit: Toefl from Vector.me

Image Credit: Toefl from Vector.me


In the last two posts about The TOEFL iBT Exam, we first covered The Most Important Thing To Know about the exam and then When To Start Preparing for the exam.

Now we will return to the subject from the first post, where-in it was stated that the most important thing, is to know the format of the exam itself.


For some reason, all of the text-books about the exam feels that it is necessary to tell you that the word, “TOEFL” is an acronym which stands for…


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  • Test
  • Of
  • English
    (as a)
  • Foreign
  • Language

And “iBT” stands for:

  • Internet
  • Based
  • Test

I can only imagine that the reason for not capitalizing the “i” in “iBT” comes from the huge popularity and success of all the “i” products from that one computer company around the same time of the last major changes to the exam were made.


Wow... That's... Very "Original"... Good Work.

Wow… That’s… Very “Original”… Good Work.


Despite the fact that all of the text-books feel that it is necessary to start this way, and then to tell you who created the exam, and finally to tell you about the history of the exam… None of this information will help you to get the score that you need on The TOEFL iBT Exam.

If you want to waste your time reading about that, be my guest.  It certainly won’t hurt you.  But I would rather focus on getting you the results that you need.


Now On To The Important Stuff


The exam is done on the internet, but it not possible to take the exam from one’s home.  The exams are held every weekend throughout the world in certified testing centers.  These are usually language schools or Universities, but may also be business centers and even the US Embassies in different countries.


Every TOEFL Testing Center is different, but will probably look very similar to this.

Every TOEFL Testing Center is different, but will probably look very similar to this.


Unfortunately for some would-be test-takers, the testing centers are not evenly distributed throughout the world. The locations and available dates for taking the exam vary according to the population and sometimes, according to the political and social stability of the country as well.

You can check what dates and locations are available in your area here.  But as was stated in the last post, dates and locations change all the time, and some locations are booked up to a month in advance (or more.)


So Check Early and…  Check Often…


The test takes about 3 & 1/2 to 4 & 1/2 hours to complete and there is only a 10-minute break in-between the first and second half, so bathroom-time is limited.  Especially if the testing center has only one bathroom…  For more about this, check out the word“Facilities” on this TOEFL Vocabulary Post.


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The Format


The exam is broken up into four different sections, each with it’s own allotted time.  The different sections are in the order they are presented below.  For more detailed information check the TOEFL Overview on the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – TOEFL Portal.



Each part of the exam tests a persons ability to Comprehend, Combine, and Use various English skills that he or she will need in a University-type setting.


The Best Part Of The TOEFL iBT Exam (at least for many people)


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There in NO dedicated Grammar section on the exam, but one’s use of grammar will be taken into consideration in the scoring of The Speaking and Writing Sections – and one’s comprehension of the basic points of grammatical structure (such as direct and indirect pronouns), and the ability to comprehend vocabulary with-in the context of certain reading and listening passages is tested in the Reading and Listening Sections of the exam.


Scoring


Each section of the exam is worth a total of 0-30 points for a grand total of 120 possible points for the entire exam.  Most people will need to achieve at least 80-85 points on the entire exam for whatever University or program for which they are required to take the exam.  People entering Medical, Legal or highly technical programs usually need to score 90-100 points.

The scoring for each section is done with a different criteria and may be explained in a future post if requested or needed, but one can find links to the scoring criteria on The TOEFL “Free-For-All” Page.


But One Of The Coolest Things about The TOEFL iBT Exam… (besides no grammar) Is…


It is possible to make mistakes and still get a “perfect” score on certain question and task-types!!!


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How is this possible?


Each of the sections has many different types of questions which are worth different amounts of points (depending on the section and question type.)  And, as this is a test of one’s ability to function, rather than one’s memorized text-book knowledge and skill, The TOEFL iBT Exam makes concessions for minor mistakes in the Speaking and Writing sections.


This is because, nobody speaks and writes perfectly all the time.  Therefore, this is “Authentic” English.


Getting Excited Yet?


We still have a lot to cover, but I think that this is a good place to take a break for now.  We will go much further in-depth about each section in future posts – and I am nearly done with The Reading Section of my up-coming text-book:  “How To Answer Every Question & Fulfill Every Task-Type On The TOEFL iBT Exam.  As soon that is ready, you will you certainly know as I will make it available world-wide.

If you’re interested in the up-coming GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! TOEFL Training Courses, then make sure to subscribe so that you will be one of the first to know when they are ready to launch.  If you need individual help on preparing for The TOEFL iBT Exam, then send me a message.  And, of course, let me know if you have any questions.


Have An Excellent Day!

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  1. July 16, 2016

    […] First of all, one needs to know at least the most basic information about the exam.  This includes: The Format of The Exam – How Much Time They Will Need To Prepare – and at least a Brief Overview Of What Is In The Exam. […]

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