Computer-Based TOEFL Test
Get general info about the Computer-based TOEFL test. Discover TOEFL CBT sections, measuring language proficiency in listening, structure, reading and writing.
Computer-Based TOEFL Test

The TOEFL test was introduced as a computer-based test in July 1998 in many parts of the world. It combines many of the same question types as the traditional paper-based test with new question types that can be offered only on the computer. Search for several advantages to taking the computer-based TOEFL test:

  * testing at more than 300 test centers around the world
  * convenient scheduling
  * comfortable testing environment
  * fewer test questions than on the paper-based test
  * questions that are tailored to your ability level
  * immediate viewing of scores on screen
  * opportunity to choose up to four score recipients after seeing your scores
 * official score reports mailed approximately 14 days after testing   

The computer-based test (CBT) continues to be administered in areas where the iBT is still not introduced. This is divided into four sections, measuring language proficiency in listening, structure (grammar), reading and writing. Note-taking is not allowed.

1. Listening Comprehension (45-70 minutes)
o Type of Questions:
- Conversations between two or more people in academic environments.
- Short conversations between students and lectures may be possible conversations.
- Questions are basically of the ‘who said what’ type.

2. Structure (grammar) (15-20 minutes)
o Type of Questions:
- Identify the erroneous word(s) in the sentence.
- Fill in the blanks using the appropriate word.

3. Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary (70-90 minutes)
o Type of Question:
Questions are posed about content, intent of the author, and ideas inferred from each of the 3-4 passages given.

4. Essay Writing (30 minutes)
o Type of Question:

To write an essay on a given general topic, and take a position towards it. eg: "Is stem cell research necessary? Explain your stance?"
The Listening and Structure sections are computer-adaptive, meaning that the difficulty level of each question depends on the correctness of previous responses.

Three subscores are obtained, each of which is given on a 0-30 scale: Listening, Structure/Writing (combined), and Reading. These subscores are averaged to obtain the final score, which is in a 0-300 scale. The Writing score is also reported separately, on a 0-6 scale.