Changes in 2023 July
- Overall shorter exam
- No independent writing, just “Writing for an Academic Discussion” - replying to teahcer and student in online forum. I will share an example in class.
- Reading shorter - 20 questions, 2 reading passages, 35 minutes.
- Listening shorter - 28 questions based on 3 lectures and 2 conversations. Time allocation: 36 minutes
- No speaking change
TOEFL Score comparison
30 points per section, total maximum score 120
- Don’t forget your ID with signature and name
- You are expected to take notes.
- They will give you paper
- It will be destroyed after the test.
- Do NOT listen to the directions.
- You should already know what you are doing.
- Click CONTINUE and spend your time on the questions/content.
- Get some sleep
- Check your score breakdown, and work on your weakness
General tips for all speaking
- Record yourself speaking.
- Transcribe yourself and look for problems
- Do the same speech again and again - faster and smoother
- See http://www.ets.org/s/toefl for example answers
- Don’t repeat to fill time. Add something
- Practice filling the time until you get it right
What score do I need?
- 60-80: Some universities will accept lower scores (to take a language course first)
- 71: The average in Japan
- 82: The average score in the world
- 79-105: Programs state a minimum in this range to not be immediately rejected. However…
- 100+: A good university will usually say “100+ iBT to be competitive”
- SOme notes
- Check the department. Science courses have lower requirements than reading-heavy majors.
- Usually, there are also section minimums: e.g. “100, with 23 on the speaking section and 21 on other sections”.
- Check the page of the course you want. There is also a website for checking what score you need: http//:www.toeflgoanywhere.org