The TOEFL Is Now 30 Minutes Shorter

The TOEFL Is Now 30 Minutes Shorter

The duration of the TOEFL exam was cut by 30 minutes to just three hours on 1 August, 2019.

The overall test format or question types does not change, but there are fewer questions in the Reading, Listening, and Speaking sections.

Here is a summary of the test changes:

Test Section Before 1 August, 2019 After 1 August, 2019



3–4 reading passages
12–14 questions each
60–80 minutes


3–4 reading passages
10 questions each
54–72 minutes




4–6 lectures, 6 questions each
2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
60–90 minutes


3–4 lectures, 6 questions each
2–3 conversations, 5 questions each
41–57 minutes




6 tasks

  • 2 independent
  • 4 integrated

20 minutes



4 tasks

  • 1 independent
  • 3 integrated

17 minutes


The Writing section remains the same, with two tasks taking a total of 50 minutes. The test will still be scored on a 0–30 scale for each section, and 0–120 for the total score.

Combining test takers’ best scores

In addition, the new MyBest scores feature now combines test takers’ best scores for each section from all valid TOEFL iBT scores from the previous two years. MyBest scores allow test takers to show their best overall test performance to institutions making important admissions decisions. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent after 1 August, 2019, regardless of the test administration date, will automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditional scores from the test taker’s selected test date.

Check out: How Important Is English Grammar for Your TOEFL and IELTS Scores?

New registration and account management system

To round out the improved test-taking experience, ETS developed a new registration and account management system. As a result, test takers will see greater functionality, a streamlined registration experience, easy access to test prep and more.

Check out: 4 Tips on How to Choose IELTS and TOEFL Test Dates

Source: ETS

Valentin Vassilev

About Valentin Vassilev

Valentin Vassilev has a Master’s degree in International Media Studies from Deutsche Welle Akademie and the University of Bonn as well as a Bachelor's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Veliko Tarnovo. He has a background in business journalism, having written about European political, economic and business issues. Valentin is currently a content writer and editor at business education services provider Advent Group.

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