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Category: TOEFL

What is the TOEFL test?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language, otherwise known as TOEFL, is a standardised English language test that can be used to enrol in English-speaking universities, or for migration purposes. It tests your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.

All parts of this test will be conducted on the same day and will take a total of 4 hours. The reading and listening tests will be conducted first, followed by a 10-minute break, and then the speaking and writing components.

What’s in the TOEFL test?

The TOEFL test includes four sections: reading, listening, speaking and writing.


The reading section includes three-four academic passages. You will be given 60-80 minutes to read the passages and answer 35-56 questions.

The reading texts come from academic sources and vary in subject matter.  However, no particular subject knowledge is needed as all necessary information is included in the text.


The listening section consists of 4-6 classroom conversations and academic lectures. You will be given 60-92 minutes to answer a total of 34-51 questions.

This will include listening to and answering questions about academic-related discussions. For tips on the TOEFL Listening, check out Meaghan’s post here.


The speaking test will take about 20 minutes and include 6 tasks. The first two tasks will include expressing your ideas and opinions about a familiar topic.

The remaining 4 tasks are integrated tasks. You will be required to integrate listening and speaking, or reading and speaking. Here you will need to speak about information in a reading or listening text.

The speaking test is automated which means you will be given a headset and microphone. Your answers will be recorded and sent to an examiner for assessment.


You will have 50 minutes to complete the writing test. It will include two tasks. The first task will take 20 minutes. You will write an essay in response to a reading or listening text.

The second task will take 30 minutes. You will write an essay in which you will be required to support an opinion.