The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)
is undergoing some important changes. In order to meet the challenge
of providing a more comprehensive assessment of an applicant’s
ability to understand and use the English language in an academic
environment, the next generation TOEFL® has been
developed to assess all four language skills
- listening, reading, writing, and speaking. While some questions
in each of the sections will be similar to questions found on
the current computer-based TOEFL® test (CBT), others will
be new. The scoring system will change as well. Each of the four
language skills will now be reported on a scale of 0 to 25 and
there will also be a total score. In addition, the next generation
TOEFL® will no longer have computer-adaptive sections; it
will be a linear assessment test covering a full range of question
difficulty. Note taking will be allowed on the
new TOEFL® in order to better reflect real-life academic situations.
The new TOEFL® will take approximately four hours to finish.
Starting in July 2004, students will be introduced to this new
version of the TOEFL® on the Internet. Full-length tests will
be unproctored (i.e.: not supervised), and the scores will be
given to the examinee only. In September 2005, the next generation
TOEFL® will begin to be administered at official ETS test
A very important change to the TOEFL® is the inclusion of
a mandatory speaking component - the Academic Speaking Test (AST).
This test will last approximately 20 minutes, and will take place
over the telephone.Your responses will be recorded on tape and
then reviewed later and given a score. During the test you will
be asked six questions, two of which will focus on familiar topics.
The other four will ask about short conversations, lectures, and
reading passages. Both the questions and the reading passages
will be printed in the test book. The time you have to prepare
your response and speak will be printed below each question. The
preparation time begins as soon as the question is finished, and
you will be told when to begin speaking.
The new TOEFL® contains questions that integrate the four
basic communication skills;
thus, the test is an excellent measure of how well individuals
are able to communicate in english in an academic situation. This
integrated approach will help students prepare for success in
the real academic environments they will be in once they begin