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Getting a complete TOEFL practice test is only half the battle.
You also need to learn the structure of the test and how to study effectively. 

By the end of this short article, you will be able to distinguish the difference between the Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing sections of the TOEFL. You will also discover five TOEFL study tips to help organize your study schedule and improve your TOEFL score.

The TOEFL Exam Structure

The TOEFL Reading Section

The first part of the exam is the TOEFL Reading section. In the reading section, there are three academic passages of approximately 700 words each. The subjects will consist of texts you might find in a typical university textbook. Following each passage are 10 questions about the reading passage. You will have one hour to read the three passages and answer the 30 questions in total.

There are 10 types of questions in the Reading section of the TOEFL. The frequency of each question type varies. Here is a helpful chart of the question types with examples of the question phrasing.

The Reading Section Question Types

Question Type Frequency
(per section)
Time to Answer Question Phrasing
1. vocabulary 3-6 60 seconds “The word _________ in paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to…"
2. factual information 4-8 90 seconds “According to paragraph 4, what….”
“Which of the following…”
“It is stated in paragraph 4 that…”
3. negative factual information 2-4 120 seconds “All of the following are mentioned in paragraph 3 EXCEPT…”
“Which of the following is NOT mentioned....”
4. inference 2-4 90 seconds “What can be inferred from paragraph 5 about…”
“Paragraph 5 implies that…”
“Paragraph 5 suggests…”
5. rhetorical purpose 2-4 90 seconds “In paragraph 6, the author discusses ________ in order to…”
“Why does the author mention…”
6. sentence simplification 2-3 120 seconds “Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence in paragraph 4?”
7. insert text 2-3 120 seconds “In paragraph 2 there is a missing sentence. Where would the sentence best fit?”
8. reference 0-1 60 seconds “The word _________ in paragraph 1 refers to…”
9. prose summary 2-3 150 seconds “An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting the THREE answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage."
10. organization 0-1 150 seconds “Complete the table below to summarize information about _________ in the passage."
"Match the appropriate statements to _________”

For more information about the TOEFL Reading section, check out this post by Professional ESL Test Prep 

The TOEFL Listening Section

After the Reading section, you will have another hour to complete the Listening section. The Listening section is divided into two identical parts. In each part, you will have three listening passages: one conversation, between a student and campus employee, and two academic lectures. The conversations last 2-4 minutes and the academic lectures are approximately five minutes each.

You will be asked five questions after the conversation, ten in total, and six questions after each of the four academic lectures, 24 in total. The question types, like in the Reading section, vary. This chart explains the question types, with examples of phrasing, and the frequency of the question type:

The Listening Section Question Types

Question Type Frequency
(per section)
Question Value Question Phrasing
1. gist - content 6 1 "What is the topic of the discussion?"
"What is the professor mainly discussing?"
2. gist - purpose 3-5 1 "Why does the student visit the professor?"
"Why does the professor mention...?"
3. detail 10-12 1-2 "What is stated in the passage about..."
"According to the speaker..."
4. understanding the speaker's attitude 3-5 1 "What is the professor's oppinion of...?"
"What can be inferred about the student?"
5. understanding the function 3-4 1 "What doest the speaker mean when he says..."
"Why does the professor say this..."
6. making inferences 5-6 1 "What can be inferred about...?"
"What does the speaker imply about..?"
7. understanding organization 4 1-3 "How does the professor organize the information about..."

Curious what these conversations and lectures sound like?
Exam English provides some audio samples here.

Then you will get a 10 minutes break…

Use this break wisely. Stand up, stretch your legs, use the restroom, or have a small snack. When you return, you will still have two hours left in your TOEFL exam.

The TOEFL Speaking Section

When you return to your computer, you will begin the speaking section. The structure of this section is different from the reading and listening. In the speaking section, you will encounter four questions. The first is an independent question, and the next three are integrated questions. Let’s take a closer look at each since they all follow a different structure.

The first question is usually a paired-choice question, which means you must decide between two choices. For example:

Do you agree or disagree: all high school students should wear school uniforms.

The questions range in subject matter, so there is no way to prepare a specific answer before the exam. You might be asked a question about business, travel, education, family, friendship, and so on. After the question is asked, you will be given 15 seconds to prepare a response and 45 seconds to speak.

Question two is the first of three integrated speaking questions. This is probably the easiest of all the integrated speaking questions. First, you will read a short announcement about a new rule or policy on campus.  Like question two, question three will begin with a short reading passage. 

In task four, you are expected to listen to an academic topic for two to three minutes and then report on the information you heard. You will be given 20 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak. In your response, you must be able to identify the topic of the lecture and the most important details. 

 

The Speaking Section Question Types

Question Type Question Details Question Explanation Time Breakdown
Independent Speaking Question 1
Paired Choice
Asks about your general opinion on a wide range of possible issues. You usually have just two options. 15 seconds to prepare
45 seconds to speak
Integrated Speaking Question 2
Campus Announcement and Conversation
Report on the opinion of one of the speakers in the conversation and explain why he or she feels that way 50 seconds to read/take notes
60-120 seconds to listen/take notes
30 seconds to prepare
60 seconds to speak
Question 3
Academic Reading and Lecture
Explain the academic topic introduced in the reading and describe the main points about the topic described in the lecture. 50 seconds to read/take notes
60-120 seconds to listen/take notes
30 seconds to prepare
60 seconds to speak
Question 4
Academic Lecture
Sum up the topic and main points from the lecture. 120-180 seconds to listen/take notes
20 seconds to prepare
60 seconds to speak

The TOEFL Writing Section

Finally, you have arrived at the last section, the TOEFL Writing section. The Writing section also lasts one hour. Here, you will be expected to write an essay in response to two separate writing tasks. 

The first is an integrated writing task, and the second is an independent writing task. The integrated writing is almost identical to question #4 in the Speaking Section above. You will read a passage, listen to a lecture, and then write about the two.

The last question on the exam is the independent writing task. You will be asked for your opinion about a topic, similar to Speaking questions #1 and #2 above.

Here is a breakdown of the tasks and the time allocations for the TOEFL Writing section:

The Writing Section Question Types

Question Type Question Explanation Time to Answer
Integrated Essay - Academic reading, listening and writing
(250-300 words)
Connect the topic of the reading with the academic lecture. Show how the main points in the reading are contrasted by the lecturer. Only report on the information you heard and read 3 minutes to read
2-3 minutes to listen
20 minutes to write
Independent Writing -Write your oppinion on a random topic
(400-500 words)
Write about your oppinion. Include supporting reasons and personal anecdotes 30 minutes to write

Looking for more information on the Writing section?
Check out this link from the ETS website.

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Now that you are familiar with the structure of the TOEFL, it’s time to check out some exclusive TST Prep TOEFL Tips.

Five Tips to
Improve your TOEFL Score!

Here are five actions you must take while studying for the TOEFL so you can improve your score. 

TIP 1: Get Used to the Clock

This is a timed test! And, each section of the TOEFL lasts somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Therefore, it is very important to get used to working with the clock.

When studying at home, ALWAYS do practice tests under the test time constraints. This will prepare you to work under pressure and manage your time on test day. See the time breakdowns above for each section of the exam.

If you are struggling, practice without a timer first. Start to incorporate the timer with your TOEFL studies once you feel more comfortable working under the clock.

TIP 2: Type Without Spellcheck

On the TOEFL exam, you will not have access to spellcheck. Therefore, you should be practicing with spellcheck turned off! You are going to be responsible for finding your own grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes on test day, so start practicing this now!

This is especially true for the Writing section, where you will be writing 300 to 400-word essays. Give yourself extra time to edit and proofread your answers since you won’t have spellcheck there to do it for you.

Want more tips for how to tackle the Writing section?
Check out our 10 Awesome TOEFL Writing Tips

TIP 3: Take Notes Like a TOEFL pro

Throughout the test, one of the most important things to do is to take notes! You will need to give yourself a little extra time to gather your thoughts and plan your answers. So, during the exam, you need to take good notes. Therefore, you should practice taking notes on your practice tests too.

I can’t emphasize this enough.

Note taking is important for EVERY section of the exam!

Want to know more about taking notes in the Reading section?
Check out Guide to TOEFL Reading Time Management

TIP 4: Study like an American!

As you prepare for the TOEFL, you should do a lot of TOEFL practice tests. Grading the TOEFL Reading and Listening sections of the exam is easy, but the speaking and writing sections will require professional help from a teacher or TOEFL expert. 

Don’t make the same mistake as others. You need someone who knows about the TOEFL to listen to your speaking and read your writing responses. They will tell you your strengths, weaknesses and exactly what you need to do to improve. 

If you just download the free TOEFL practice PDF without asking someone to grade your speaking and writing, then you are NOT putting yourself in a position to improve. 

That’s why there are certified English teachers out there who are available to give you feedback on your practice exams, especially for the Speaking and Writing sections. Reach out to them to get the help you need while preparing for the TOEFL. 

TIP 5: Prepare for a noisy TOEFL Test

Be prepared for a noisy room on test day. At the test center, you will hear the voices of other students because everyone will be responding to the speaking section questions at different times.

There will also be noise from people dropping their pencils, coughing, opening and closing doors, etc. Trust us, it is not going to be ideal for test taking.

So, in order to simulate this kind of test environment, take your complete TOEFL practice tests in a coffee shop or in another, louder area. That way, you will already know how to ignore these kinds of distractions on test day!

Look, we know the TOEFL exam is a huge undertaking, and kudos to you for taking it on!

The fastest and easiest way to your TOEFL score is through practice. Use this free test to get started:

Complete Test #13

Did you find these TOEFL tips helpful? Is there another TOEFL tip you believe is useful? 

Let us know in the comments section below. 

And we are always here to help if you have any questions: [email protected]

92 Comments

  1. Abu Noor

    Josh: Your youtube videos are so helpful! Thank you so much great TOEFL teacher!

    Reply
    • Josh

      Such a nice comment! Thank you 🙂

      Reply
    • Josh

      No problem! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

      Reply
  2. Ruszaimi

    Dear Josh,
    I am currently establishing small scale course of TOEFL Preparation’s in my neighborhood. I am targeting post-graduates as they will need TOEFL score as one of the academic requirement to pass. I am low in financing to buy complete TOEFL Book of Tests and Audios.I am deeply frustrate and need you to help me out with free sample of downloadable materials. Please consider.
    I also can not afford internet in case of only online materials available.
    Any solutions or suggestions.
    Best Regards,

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    • Josh

      Hi there Ruszaimi and thank you for your comment. We have a lot of free materials on our site which include a free practice test. 200 reading and listening questions, 100 independent speaking questions and more. All you have to do is click the “free resources” tab on the top of the page and you will find it all there.

      Besides that, our paid services are for students who pay. It would not be fair to everyone else if we were to share the materials for free with you that everyone else has paid for. I do hope you understand.

      Thanks for commenting and good luck with your school!

      Reply
  3. Tixxa Cassie

    This website really helpful! I will visit everyday if there any updates. I’ll do my test on Nov this year. wml 🔥

    Reply
    • Josh

      Great to hear Cassie! Let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.

      Reply
  4. elysee

    this is really helpful.however,i would like to know about new TOEFL structure .

    Reply
    • Josh

      I understand Elysee. We are currently updating our tests and everything should be done by the end of September 2019. In the meantime, you may find this video I made helpful – https://youtu.be/fD-oAVSth6U

      Reply
  5. silas leprince

    Hi sir ,i would like to know if is it possible to take that practice test offline.Thanks

    Reply
    • Josh

      The test is a downloadable PDF, so you can actually only take it offline. Hope that clarifies.

      Reply
  6. Barry Mamadou Mountagha

    Thank you, the website seems to be interesting sir. What do you think about offline software preparation according to your experience? I have been using the since few weeks, but i have stopped cause i don’t know whether they followed ETS requirement. Thank you once more.

    Reply
    • Josh

      Hi Barry and good question. It depends on the company. Of course, I will always recommend our resources here at TST Prep, but anything from ETS itself is also good. those are the only two resources I trust with practice materials 😉

      Reply
    • Nasratullah

      Dear sir, I agree with him and it gonna be a really practical resource for all of us.

      Reply
  7. Obaid Hamdard

    Thank You Josh, with these wonderful and so much useful materials of TOEFL IBT.

    Reply
    • Josh

      Thank you for commenting Obaid. Happy to hear you found them helpful.

      Reply
  8. Javier

    Its good, excellent

    Reply
    • Josh

      Thanks Javier! Happy to help 🙂

      Reply
  9. Paola Merizalde

    Hi Josh, I really appreciate the big efforts from you and your team in the success of the Toefl students. I have a question for you. It seems almost impossible to read the passages of the reading part, what would recommend us to do? thanks for any advice and suggestions.

    Regards,

    Paola M.

    Reply
    • Josh

      Hi Paola and thanks for the question. When you say “almost impossible to read the passages”, do you mean that you do not have enough time to read the passages and answer the questions at the same time? If that is the case, here is a guide to time management to the TOEFL Reading – https://tstprep.com/a-guide-to-toefl-reading-time-management/

      Hope that answers your question.

      Reply
  10. Tamiris

    This website is really helpful! I have been practicing a lot for my TOEFL test these days and this preparation will help me improve in Writing and Speaking section.

    Nice job! Congratulations to the team.

    Reply
    • Josh

      Thank you for your kind words Tamiris. Let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.

      Reply
  11. GULNAR ALBUSHOVA

    Mr. Josh,
    This website is perfect!!! After the superlearn.com shut down I felt hopeless about TOEFL. Thank you very much for regaining my hope again.
    I am advertising your website everywhere!
    Best of luck!

    Reply
    • Josh

      Wow, thank you for your kind words Gulnar. And we are new so spreading the word would be great. Let me know if there is any other way we can help.

      Reply
  12. Josh

    You’re welcome 🙂

    Reply
  13. Joseph

    I really appreciate this plateform, looks so practical, but i need your help to improve my speaking and writting.

    Reply
    • Josh

      Hi Joseph and I understand what you mean. Some students need more personalized feedback, especially for speaking and writing. If you check the TOEFL store you will see classes and evaluations for the speaking and writing. You might consider enrolling.

      https://tstprep.com/toefl-store/

      Either way, happy to hear you found the site helpful.

      Reply
  14. Kelly

    This test is such a practical 🙂 Also, i bought test packs so I can practice it everyday until my exam date. Thank u!

    Reply
    • Josh

      Thank you for your trust and support Kelly! I appreciate it. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

      Reply
    • Azode Elvis

      I really enjoy having this test because it brings out aspiration and motivation so I which to summit all my efforts to go far

      Reply
      • Josh

        That’s great! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions along the way.

        Reply
      • Mohammed ALMISBAHY

        Hi sir ….
        I’m really appreciated that you allow us to understand the way of the test .
        I wish you all the best

        Reply
        • Josh

          Thank you for your kind words! Happy to help 🙂

          Reply
  15. Suncana

    Some of the information on this website is contrary to the official toefl book info, especially regarding the number of words in written parts, which cofuses me. Why’s that?

    Reply
    • Josh

      Excellent point Suncana. There’s an excellent and short article about this issue on TOEFL Resources at this link – https://www.toeflresources.com/news/question-how-long-should-a-toefl-essay-be – but here is a short quote which I believe answers your question,

      “I am often asked how long the TOEFL essays should be. The quick answer to this is that an independent essay should be between 380 and 400 words, while an integrated essay should be between 280 and 300 words.Let me explain where these numbers come from. It is true that when you are looking at the screen at the test center, the TOEFL software will suggest that a “typical” essay is much shorter than what I have suggested above. I caution you that a “typical” essay should not be your target. A typical essay will score in the low twenties. If you want a higher score than that, you need to write more.” – Hope that helps!

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      • Suncana

        Thank you very much. I really appreciate your help
        Best regards

        Reply
        • Josh

          No problem! 😉

          Reply
  16. Najibullah Naziry

    So practical thank you so much.

    Reply
    • Josh

      Thank you for the kind comment 🙂 It really helps us when students like you confirm the quality of our materials. Thanks again!

      Reply
  17. Leonardo

    Thank you so much for these materials, they were a life saver !!

    Reply
    • Josh

      That’s great to hear Leonardo! Let me know if there’s any other way we can help 😉

      Reply
  18. tanya

    thank you 🙂

    Reply
  19. John

    This is so valuable – a great breakdown of the exam from one of the best in the business! Thank you Josh!

    Reply
    • Josh

      Ha, thank you John. I do really appreciate that 😉

      Reply
  20. Peak Academy

    Best Introduction regarding basic four sections of TOEFL test.

    Keep It Up ….!

    Reply
    • Josh

      Wow! Nice compliment and much appreciated Peak Academy. We will keep working. Let me know if there’s anything you would like to see in particular.

      Reply
    • Binyam Ayele

      Hi josh first I want to thanks you for your support my question is how can I contact you on social media to be in touch and ask questions like on face book or telegram and my other question is how can I douloud all sections of tofle practice tests

      Reply

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