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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 exam is broken into 4 sections:

  1. The Reading Section
  2. The Listening Section
  3. The Speaking Section
  4. The Writing Section

Let’s take a closer look at what each of these sections involve…

1. 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 12 to 14 questions about the reading passage. You will have one hour to read the three passages and answer the 40 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.

There is a table here. Please rotate your phone to landscape in order to see it. (TABLE 1)
The Reading Section Question Types
Question Type Question Frequency
(per section)
Question Value Question Phrasing
1.vocabulary 10-12 1 "The word _______ in paragraph 2
is closest in meaning to..."
2.detail 10-12 1 "According to paragraph 4, what..."
"Which of the following"
"It is stated in paragraph 4 that..."
3.negative detail 4-6 1 "All of the following are mentioned in paragraph 3 EXCEPT..."
"Which of the following is NOT mentioned in paragraph 2"
4.inference 3-5 1 "What can be inferred from paragraph 5 about..."
"Paragraph 5 implies that..."
"Paragraph 5 suggests that..."
5.rethorical purpose 3-5 1 "In paragraph 6, the author discusses _______ in order to..."
"Why does the author mention..."
6.paraphrasing 3 1 "Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence in parapgraph 4?"
7.sentence insertion 3 1 "In paragraph 2 there is a missing sentence.
Where would the sentence best fit?"
8.pronoun referent 0-2 1 "The word ______ in paragraph 1 referes to..."
9.summary 1-3 2 "An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting the THREE answer choises that express the most important ideas in the passage"
10.organization 0-1 2-3 "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 

2. 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:

There is a table here. Please rotate your phone to landscape in order to see it. (TABLE 2)
The Listening Section Question Types
Question Type Question 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. attitude 3-5 1 "What is the professor's oppinion of...?"
"What can be inferred about the student?"
5. function 3-4 1 "What doest the speaker mean when he says..."
"Why does the professor say this..."
6. inference 5-6 1 "What can be inferred about...?"
"What does the speaker imply about..?"
7. 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.

3. The TOEFL Speaking Section

After the break comes the TOEFL Speaking section. The Speaking section is different from the previous Listening and Reading sections. In this section, you will answer six questions. The first two questions are independent questions and the remaining four questions are integrated questions.

The independent questions focus on your opinion about a topic. The first of these two questions is an open question, such as, “What do you think about…?” The second is very similar, but asks a paired question where you have to choose a side to agree or disagree with. You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to speak for each question. Here are a few examples: 

What advice would you give to a friend who is traveling abroad to study at a university?

Do you agree or disagree with following statement: All high school students should wear school uniforms. 

The integrated questions are all different in type, task, and time to prepare and speak. They all involve a listening passage, and questions three and four also include a reading passage. You will be expected to discuss and summarize each.  Here is a breakdown of the four integrated speaking questions:

There is a table here. Please rotate your phone to landscape in order to see it. (TABLE 3)
Integrated Speaking
Question Type Question Explanation Time
Question 3 - 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
60-120 seconds to listen
30 seconds to prepare
60 seconds to speak
Question 4 - academic topic 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
60-120 seconds to listen
30 seconds to prepare
60 seconds to speak
Question 5 - campus conversation Describe the problem of one of the speakers.
After that, decide which suggestion would be best.
120-180 seconds to listen
20 seconds to prepare
60 seconds to speak
Question 6 - academic lecture Sum up the topic and main points from the lecture 120-180 seconds to listen
20 seconds to prepare
60 seconds to speak

4. 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:

There is a table here. Please rotate your phone to landscape in order to see it. (TABLE 4)
The Writing Section Question Types
Question Type Question Explanation Time
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.

Woo hoo! The TOEFL is so exciting, right?

Excited enough to download the PDF version of a free and complete TOEFL practice test?  Download our free TOEFL Practice Test

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

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!

Don’t forget your free TOEFL Practice Test PDF here:

Complete TOEFL 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]


  1. Abu Noor

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    • Josh MacPherson

      Such a nice comment! Thank you 🙂

    • Josh MacPherson

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

  2. Ruszaimi

    Dear Josh,
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    I also can not afford internet in case of only online materials available.
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    • Josh MacPherson

      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!

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    • Josh MacPherson

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

  4. elysee

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

    • Josh MacPherson

      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 –

  5. silas leprince

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

    • Josh MacPherson

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

  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.

    • Josh MacPherson

      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 😉

    • Nasratullah

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  7. Obaid Hamdard

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    • Josh MacPherson

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

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    • Josh MacPherson

      Thanks Javier! Happy to help 🙂

  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.


    Paola M.

    • Josh MacPherson

      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 –

      Hope that answers your question.

  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.

    • Josh MacPherson

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


    Mr. Josh,
    This website is perfect!!! After the 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!

    • Josh MacPherson

      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.

  12. Josh MacPherson

    You’re welcome 🙂

  13. Joseph

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

    • Josh MacPherson

      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.

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

  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!

    • Josh MacPherson

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

    • Azode Elvis

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      • Josh MacPherson

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

      • 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

        • Josh MacPherson

          Thank you for your kind words! Happy to help 🙂

  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?

    • Josh MacPherson

      Excellent point Suncana. There’s an excellent and short article about this issue on TOEFL Resources at this link – – 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!

      • Suncana

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

        • Josh MacPherson

          No problem! 😉

  16. Najibullah Naziry

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    • Josh MacPherson

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

  17. Leonardo

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    • Josh MacPherson

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

  18. tanya

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  19. John

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

    • Josh MacPherson

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

  20. Peak Academy

    Best Introduction regarding basic four sections of TOEFL test.

    Keep It Up ….!

    • Josh MacPherson

      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.

    • 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


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