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The TOEFL became shorter on July 26, 2023


As of 07/26/2023, everyone taking the TOEFL will be taking this new version, also known as the "Shorter TOEFL."


Can I Use Magoosh to Study for the Shorter TOEFL?

Yes! Our lessons, practice questions, and practice tests have already been updated to reflect the changes that happened in 2023, so you can use Magoosh to study for the present-day version of the TOEFL.


What Does the Shorter TOEFL Look Like?


Section Number of Questions Time Limit
Reading 20 questions 36 minutes
Listening 28 questions ~36 minutes
Speaking 4 tasks 16 minutes
Writing 2 tasks 30 minutes
Total 48 questions and 6 tasks ~2 hours

Also, the scoring scale for each section remains the same: 0 to 30.


If You Studied for an Older Version of the Exam


Here are some quick highlights on the main differences:

  • Most sections now ask fewer questions and take less time. However, the test topics and question types remain the same.
  • The current TOEFL has a unique Writing question type—Academic Discussion—which replaces the old Independent Essay task.
  • There are no extra unscored questions on Reading or Listening.
  • There is no extra 10-minute break between Listening and Speaking.

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