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The TOEFL iBT 0

Global English Exchange | 12:20 AM |

TOEFL means Test Of English as a Foreign Language.  There are two kinds of TOEFL test – the TOEFL PBT and the TOEFL IBT.  The TOEFL PBT is a paper based test while the TOEFL IBT is an internet based test.  TOEFL IBT  was first introduced in 2005 and has been popular ever since. 

What is the purpose of TOEFL? 
TOEFL exams are administered to measure the student’s  ability to survive and cope in an English academic setting.  According to ets.org, It has been administered more than 20 million times since 1964, and is available in more than 180 countries. It is also the most accepted test in the world.  More than 6,000 colleges, universities, and agencies in 110 countries accept TOEFL scores. That means that students have the flexibility to use their TOEFL test scores worldwide.”  Thus, more doors of opportunities are opened for those who are able to pass the TOEFL.

What’s in the TOEFL IBT?

According to TOEFL tips from ets.org, these are the new things about the TOEFL ibt:
  • It tests your Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking in academic settings
  • A speaking section with six tasks has been added.  The test takers wear headphones and speak into a microphone, which is digitally recorded.
  • The Writing section has been expanded.  The test takers should write an essay in support of an opinion and response to a material that they have heard and read.
  • Note taking is allowed
  • This test takes about four hours
  • The test is delivered on computer via the Internet
  • The test takers can view their scores online.
SOURCE: ets.org

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