The Shorter TOEFL Test

The TOEFL Test is getting shorter – Beginning July 26, 2023, the TOEFL Test will be an hour shorter! That’s great news for anyone struggling with staying focused for a full three-hour test.

The Reading Section

The reading section in the TOEFL test is getting shorter. Instead of 3-4 articles with a total of forty question, you’ll now only need to answer 20 questions about 2 articles – ten for each article. They’ll continue to use the same types of articles and question types, there just won’t be as many of them.

The Listening Section

The listening section in the TOEFL test is getting shorter too. From now on, it’ll have a standard 28 questions instead of the 28-39 questions that poor test-takers have had to face until now. The conversations and articles will still be the same, and the styles of the questions won’t change – just the predictability of how many you have to get through.

The Speaking Section

TOEFL isn’t planning to make any changes to the speaking section. You’ll still be asked to justify your personal choice, analyze a campus announcement, summarize a reading and a lecture, and then summarize a lecture.

The Writing Section

TOEFL is keeping the integrated writing question, but instead of an opinion essay, they’ll want you to write a discussion essay. That’s a little different, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the format.

No Break and No Unscored Questions

Now that the test is only two hours long, TOEFL is taking away the 10-minute break that they used to let you have after the listening section. That means you’ll need to be ready to go straight into the speaking section.

We’re finally seeing the back of unscored questions. You’ll no longer have to sit there wondering whether the time you’ve spent answering a question was utterly futile!

I sincerely hope that with The TOEFL Test shrinking, other language tests will follow TOEFL’s lead and reduce the amount of time they subject us to these tests.

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