For reference, when you take the TOEFL nowadays, your exam will:
There are now fewer Listening and Reading questions, and the amount of time for the Writing section has been cut almost in half. Here is the full list of changes:
|Test and Section||Number of Questions||Time Limit|
|Old TOEFL Reading||30 to 40 questions||54 to 72 minutes|
|Current Shorter Reading||20 questions||36 minutes|
|Old TOEFL Listening||28 to 39 questions||41 to 57 minutes|
|Current Shorter Listening||28 questions||~36 minutes|
|Old TOEFL Speaking||4 tasks||16 minutes|
|Current Shorter Speaking||4 tasks||16 minutes|
|Old TOEFL Writing||2 tasks||50 minutes|
|Current Shorter Writing||2 tasks||30 minutes|
And there are a couple other things to highlight about the current shorter TOEFL:
The Academic Discussion essay involves reading a couple short paragraphs from a professor and two students, in the format of an online forum or message board. The professor will ask you to share your opinion about something (for example, "Do the benefits of plastic outweigh its environmental costs?"), and the responses from the two students will take one side of the argument or the other. You will then have 10 minutes to write a response of your own.
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