【MUST SEE!!!】Changes to the Format and Questions on the TOEFL iBT from 7/26/2023
Hello, everyone. Today, we will be introducing changes to the format and questions on the TOEFL iBT, which is one of the English proficiency tests required for international students for admission to universities and colleges. We hope this brief explanation will benefit you in your preparation for the test.
We, Mentor Language Institute (MLI), are an English school accredited by ACCET and accepting international students approved by SEVP in the U.S. MLI has been teaching students how to prepare for English proficiency exams for many years, and our team of teachers in our Test Preparation Program teach students how to succeed on such exams and keep them updated on changes to exams whenever they occur.
Starting from 7/26/2023, the TOEFL iBT will have a new test format and some other changes. These changes are good for test takers, because the test will be much shorter and much less of a burden.
The test will have instructions that are simpler and more direct. (This is a minor change.)
The test UI “User Interface” will be easier to use and understand. (This is a minor change.)
The reading section will have 2 passages with 10 questions each. (Right now, it is possible to have 3 or 4 passages with 30 to 40 questions. On the new version of the test, there will be 33% to 50% fewer questions, and the time on this section will be reduced from 54 – 72 minutes to 35 minutes.)
The writing section will also change. The “Independent Writing” question (Writing 2) will be replaced with a new exercise that is called the “Academic Discussion” question. This is the most significant change to the test.
The reading section and the listening section will not have unscored questions. (There will no longer be experimental, “dummy” questions.)
New TOEFL iBT test format from 7/26/2023
# of Questions
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Under 2 hours
The new writing task is called the “Academic Discussion” task. The exercise starts with a reading passage. It is an online discussion between a professor and two students. The professor introduces a topic to the students and gives them a question that is related to the topic. After this, the two students respond to the question.
You must also write a post responding to the professor’s question. In your response, you should express and support your opinion and make a contribution to the discussion. An “effective response” should be more than 100 words, and you have 10 minutes to write.
Here is a sample exercise of the new writing question and two sample essays at advanced and intermediate levels of English:
New TOFLE iBT Writing Sample Question
Professor Clark: Today, we’ll be discussing environmental issues, which are of utmost importance to our society. There is no doubt the world is currently facing some serious environmental problems, and governments have a vital role to play in addressing them. So, what do you think is an environmental issue governments must address? Why?
Sandra: One of the biggest issues, I think, is the problem of plastic waste. Plastic is one of the most commonly used materials in our daily lives, but it has a huge impact on the environment. It takes hundreds of years for plastic to decompose, and a lot of it ends up in our oceans, harming marine life and ecosystems.
Tim: I believe a severe environmental problem is deforestation. We are cutting down too many trees, and forests all over the world are disappearing really quickly. With fewer trees, animals are losing their habitats. I’m pretty sure this has led to some species becoming extinct. How can animals stay alive if they have nowhere to live?
All in all, these changes to the TOEFL iBT should benefit you by making the test shorter and less of a burden. We hope that this information helps you, and we wish you the best of luck on your preparations and studies!
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