TOEFL Exam Pattern

TOEFL Exam Pattern:

  • The TOEFL tests a candidate in 4 different aspects of English Language, viz. his/her reading ability, listening and understanding, speaking proficiency and writing mastery. 

  • Sections: To test these areas the TOEFL has been divided into 4 skill areas, with a  separate score from 0 to 30, for each section. The details of the test pattern are given below:




0 - 30


0 - 30


0 - 30


0 - 30

Total Score

0 - 120

  • The total TOEFL score is the sum of the scores of all the 4 skills.

  • To receive a score, it is compulsory to attempt at least one question in the Reading section by writing at least 1 essay and the Listening section by completing at least 1 speaking task.

  • The TOEFL duration may vary from 3 Hours and 10 Minutes (190 Minutes) to 4 Hours (240 Minutes), with an additional 10 Minutes break between Listening and Speaking sections. 

  • Time is varied because the Reading section may take 60 to 80 Minutes and the Listening section may take 60 to 90 Minutes. Below is a table of sections with the respective number of questions and tasks.






60–80 minutes

36–56 questions

Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.


60–90 minutes

34–51 questions

Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.

10 minutes Break


20 minutes

6 tasks

Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.


50 minutes

2 tasks

Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.
  • Native-speaking English Accents: Since after the exam you will be joining Universities abroad, where you will encounter English speaking people of various accents, some such accents have been added in the Listening and Speaking sectons.

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