The duration of the TOEFL exam will be cut by 30 minutes to just three hours from 1 August, 2019, ETS, the organization that administers the test, announced.
The overall test format or question types will not change, but there will be fewer questions in the Reading, Listening, and Speaking sections.
Combining test takers’ best scores
In addition, the new MyBest scores feature will combine 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 August 1, 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.
ETS’s Srikant Gopal, Executive Director of the TOEFL Program, said:
A growing number of institutions are acknowledging the value of seeing applicants’ best section scores when they take a standardized test more than once. We also know that our test takers want an English-language test that helps them stand out to admissions officers. These changes provide a significantly better testing experience for students, while institutions can widen their pools of qualified applicants that meet their English-language requirements. It’s a win-win.
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.
For more information about the enhancements to the TOEFL test’s format, score reports and registration, please visit https://www.ets.org/toefl/better_test_experience. For general information about the TOEFL test or to register for the test, please visit http://www.ets.org/toefl.