The length of the exams are also different between the two versions, the iBT is about one hour longer than the PBT. This is due to the iBT having longer texts and two essays on the writing section. The PBT has only one essay writing part.
Below is the comparison table of exam fees between the TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT exams. Exam FeesTOEFL iBT FeesTOEFL PBT FeesRegistration FeesTOEFL iBT Fee USD 185 to USD 300TOEFL PBT USD 180Additional FeesLate Registration USD 40Rescheduling USD 60Reinstatement of Canceled Scores USD 20 eachAdditional Score Report USD 20 eachSpeaking or Writing Test Section Score Review USD 80 eachSpeaking and Writing Test Section Score Review USD 120 eachReturned Personal Check (Paper or Electronic) USD 20Late Registration USD 40Rescheduling USD 60Reinstatement of Canceled Scores USD 20 eachAdditional Score Report USD 20 eachSpeaking or Writing Test Section Score Review USD 80 eachSpeaking and Writing Test Section Score Review USD 120 eachReturned Personal Check (Paper or Electronic) USD 20TOEFL iBT vs. TOEFL PBT: Exam StructureThe TOEFL iBT and the TOEFL PBT contain different exam structures, test administration, and test sections. In this section, we will make a comparison of these two TOEFL test formats.The TOEFL iBT is a computer-delivered test of the TOEFL exam. While the TOEFL PBT is the paper-based test version of the TOEFL exam, it is strictly needed to use paper and pencil to answer it.
There are only limited testing centers that only offer the TOEFL PBT in some countries worldwide. It includes the following countries such as Angola, Barbados, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Fiji, Syria, and more. In comparison, the TOEFL iBT is far more accessible than the TOEFL PBT. Plus, the TOEFL iBT has many pre-scheduled test dates annually compared to the other TOEFL exam. Below is the table comparison in terms of exam frequency between the TOEFL IBT and TOEFL PBT exams. Exam FrequencyTOEFL iBTTOEFL iBTTest days per year604Testing Centers (worldwide)450035 to 40Countries where the test is available190190TOEFL iBT vs. TOEFL PBT: Scoring DifferenceThe TOEFL exam uses a centralized scoring network for both the TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT. The scoring difference for the TOEFL iBT, the highest overall score for all test sections, ranges from 120 to 0 points. The overall scoring range of the TOEFL PBT test scores ranges from 310 to 677 points. Note that the writing and speaking test sections of the TOEFL iBT and PBT are scored using the automated AI scoring and highly-trained TOEFL professional raters.
The average TOEFL score is the 50th percentile, which is a total score of 84 on the iBT and somewhere between 550 and 589 on the PBT. The average/50th percentile score means that exactly half (50%) of all people who took the test earned less than an 84 on the iBT and half earned more than an 84.
The Listening section has four to six recordings, each followed by a set of questions. The recordings are similar to conversations students encounter in daily academic life, such as a classroom lecture or a discussion between two students or a student and teacher. Questions will be multiple choice, require you to order steps in an event or process, or require you to match objects or text to categories in a chart.
The PBT tests essentially the same skills as the CBT, albeit with some differences, noticeably the number of questions (which is higher in the PBT) and the score scales. The test lasts 4 hours more or less. Students can take the test as many times as they wish. However, colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent score.
The TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Morethan 11,500 educational institutions and agencies in over 160countries accept TOEFL scores to evaluate the English proficiencyof people whose native language is not English. The admissionscommittees of colleges and universities in the United States,Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and a largenumber of other countries require that foreign applicants submitTOEFL scores along with transcripts and recommendations to beconsidered for admission. In addition, many government,licensing, and certification agencies and exchange andscholarship programs worldwide use TOEFL scores to assess theEnglish language skills of people for whom English is not theirnative language. Finally, many companies, multinationalcorporations, and even those Moldovan businesses that work withforeign partners would like to see the TOEFL scores of their jobapplicants in order to measure the ability of the latter to useand understand English.The TOEFL iBT is the most accessible test in the world, withtesting available in more than 200 countries and territories. TheTOEFL iBT Home Edition is available everywhere that TOEFL testingis normally available, except Iran. The TOEFL iBT Paper Editionis currently offered 1-2 times a month at authorized test centersin Colombia, India, Mexico, and the United States. Almost onemillion people register to take the TOEFL every year. Some ofthem do not score well because they do not understand enoughEnglish. Others do not score well because they do not understandthe examination. The following questions are frequently asked bystudents enrolled in the TOEFL Preparation course as they preparefor the TOEFL iBT at Terra Nova.TOEFL PROGRAMWhat is the history ofthe TOEFL Program?What versions of the TOEFL are administeredin the Republic of Moldova?What is the TOEFL iBT?Why was the TOEFL iBT introduced?Is the TOEFL iBT more difficult than theprevious TOEFL formats?What is the structure of the TOEFLiBT?How are test questions created?Where can I get writing topics found on theindependent writing task for the TOEFL iBT?TOEFL iBT REGISTRATIONHow do I register for theTOEFL iBT?How do I create my profile in the TOEFL iBTregistration system?How do I register for the TOEFL iBTonline?Will my TOEFL iBT registration beconfirmed?How do I select my scorerecipients?Where can I find a free TOEFL iBTRegistration and Information Bulletin?Where is our Regional RegistrationCenter?When should I register for the TOEFLiBT?May I reschedule or cancel myregistration?TOEFL iBT FEESWhat are the fees forthe TOEFL iBT?How may I pay the fees for the TOEFLiBT?Will I receive a refund if I cancel myregistration?TOEFL iBT ADMINISTRATIONHow is the TOEFL iBTadministered?In what room is the TOEFL iBToffered?What should I take with me to the testroom?What must I bring to the testcenter?What are test center guidelines, policies,and procedures?Can I be dismissed from the testcenter?How long is the testing session?Which computer keyboard is used inadministering the TOEFL iBT?What should I do if there is no testing dueto conditions over which I have no control?TOEFL iBT EXAMINATIONWhat kinds of questionsare found on the TOEFL iBT?Are there any sample questions?Are TOEFL iBT questions the same everywhereon the same date?Why are some of the Reading and Listeningsections longer?May I choose the order of the sections onmy TOEFL iBT?May I take notes?May I change an answer?If I am not sure of an answer, should Iguess?What should I do if I cannot hear the audiofor the Listening section?What should I do if I have a personalproblem during the test?Are breaks scheduled during the TOEFLiBT?How often may I take the TOEFL iBT?If I have already taken the TOEFL, how willthe previous scores affect my new score?May I keep my test?What happens to someone who cheats on theTOEFL iBT?TOEFL iBT SCORE REPORTSWhat should I do to earna score on the TOEFL iBT?How is the total TOEFL iBT scorecalculated?What TOEFL iBT scores are consideredacceptable?How do the scores compare on the iBT, CBT,and PBT formats?How and when do I get my scores?May I cancel my scores?How can I send additional scorereports?Is there a direct correspondence betweenproficiency in English and a TOEFL score?How long are TOEFL iBT scoresvalid?Can I estimate my TOEFL iBT score before Itake the actual test?How is the Speaking section scored?How is the Writing sectionscored?ETSWhat isETS?TOEFL iBT SUCCESSWill I succeed on theTOEFL iBT?Answers:What is thehistory of the TOEFL Program?The TOEFL Program was launched in 1962 when the National Councilon the Testing of English as a Foreign Language was formed. Itsmembers were representatives of more than 30 privateorganizations and government agencies concerned with the Englishproficiency of nonnative speakers of English who wished to studyat colleges and universities in the United States. The councilsupported the development of the TOEFL for use starting in1963-1964. Financed by grants from the Ford and DanforthFoundations, the TOEFL Program was first administered by theModern Language Association. In 1965, the College Board andEducational Testing Service (ETS) assumed joint responsibilityfor the program. Because many who take the TOEFL are potentialgraduate students, a cooperative arrangement for the operation ofthe program was entered into by ETS, the College Board, and theGraduate Record Examinations Board in 1973. Under thisarrangement, ETS is responsible for administering the TOEFLprogram with guidance from the TOEFL Board.The test originally contained five sections. As a result ofextensive research, a three-section test measuring listeningcomprehension, structure and written expression, and readingcomprehension was developed and introduced in 1976. In July 1995,the test item format was modified somewhat within the samethree-section structure.Throughout the 1990s, various constituencies called for a newTOEFL that would (1) be more reflective of communicativecompetence models; (2) include more constructed-response tasksand direct measures of writing and speaking; (3) include tasksthat integrate the language modalities tested; and (4) providemore information than the paper-based TOEFL (TOEFL PBT) about theability of international students to use English in an academicenvironment. Accordingly, the TOEFL Board initiated a broadeffort under which language testing will evolve in thetwenty-first century. The introduction of the computer-basedTOEFL (TOEFL CBT) in July 1998 was the first incremental step inthis broad test-improvement effort.The next step was the introduction of an Internet-based versionof the TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) in September 2005. The test was firstadministered in the United States on September 24, 2005. InOctober 2005, it began in Canada, France, Germany, and Italy.Since then, the TOEFL iBT has been rolled out worldwide. The testassesses all 4 language skills (reading, listening, speaking, andwriting) that are important for effective communication. TheTOEFL iBT emphasizes integrated skills and provides betterinformation to institutions about students' ability tocommunicate in an academic setting and their readiness foracademic coursework. As the TOEFL iBT was introduced in an area,the TOEFL CBT was discontinued after a period of overlap in orderto ensure a smooth transition to the TOEFL iBT. The finaladministration of the TOEFL CBT was held in September 2006. TheTOEFL PBT continued to be offered on a limited basis to supportthe TOEFL iBT testing network.On November 1, 2011, ETS introduced timing and navigationenhancements to the TOEFL iBT Reading section. In response totest takers' feedback about the length of the section, ETSdecreased the maximum number of reading passages from 5 to 4.Test takers now had either 60 minutes to complete 3 readingpassages and questions or 80 minutes to complete 4 readingpassages and questions. In addition, the Reading section was nolonger divided into separately timed parts. Instead, all of thereading passages and questions were made available in a singleblock of time. This change allowed test takers to pace themselvesthroughout the entire Reading section. It also allowed navigatingwithin the entire Reading section so that test takers could skipquestions, go back to review and change responses, or respond toquestions that they might have skipped.Beginning in March 2013, the Listening and Speaking sections ofthe TOEFL iBT test may include other native-speaker Englishaccents in addition to accents from North America. In theSpeaking section, only question 1 of the 4 tasks, which is theonly Independent Speaking question, may have accented speech.Test takers may hear accents from the United Kingdom, NewZealand, or Australia. ETS added these accents to better reflectthe variety of native English accents that you may encounterwhile studying abroad.In 2017, the TOEFL PBT was discontinued and replaced by therevised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test, which is offered up to 4times a year in areas where testing via the Internet is notavailable. The first administration of the revised test was heldon October 14, 2017. The revised test measures 3 skills using thesame types of questions as on the TOEFL iBT test: Reading,Listening, and Writing. Speaking is not measured because itcannot be accommodated on a paper-delivered test. Because therevised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test is more closely aligned to theTOEFL iBT test, the revised paper-delivered scores are reportedon the TOEFL iBT score scale, eliminating the previous TOEFL PBTscore scale of 310-677. The scores are reported 5 weeks after thetest date.On August 1, 2019, ETS started to administer a shorter TOEFL iBTtest, enhanced score reporting, and made the registration processeasier. TOEFL iBT test time was shortened by 30 minutes, to just3 hours, with no changes to the overall test format or questiontypes. The shorter test has fewer questions in the Reading,Listening, and Speaking sections. The Reading section now hasonly 10 questions per passage instead of 12-14. The Listeningsection now has one or two fewer lectures. No question types wereeliminated from the Reading and Listening sections. Independentquestion #1 (express a personal preference) and integratedquestion #5 (campus situation; problem/solution) were removedfrom the Speaking section. The remaining questions wererenumbered 1 to 4 in the shortened version. For test takers, theshorter TOEFL iBT test makes for a better testing experience. Itlessens fatigue and improves focus and performance, helping themto show their best.On August 1, 2019, ETS also introduced a new feature calledMyBest scores, which combines test takers' best scores for eachsection from all of their valid TOEFL iBT scores in the last 2years. Everyone has a bad day once in a while, and MyBest scoresgive test takers a way to show their best overall testperformance. Test takers do not have to do anything to takeadvantage of this feature. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent afterAugust 1, 2019, regardless of the test administration date,automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditionalscores from selected test dates.On March 23, 2020, ETS launched the TOEFL iBT Home Edition inselected countries in response to the test center closures causedby the coronavirus outbreak. It is currently available everywherethat TOEFL testing is normally available, except Iran. Monitoringof the test is conducted using live remote proctors andartificial intelligence technology by ProctorU, the leadingproctoring solution for online testing.On August 21, 2021, ETS launched the TOEFL Essentials test, whichmeasures the core language skills of listening, reading, writing,and speaking in a wide variety of environments, beyond justacademic, using a multistage adaptive design, in about 1.5 hours.TOEFL Essentials scores are reported as band scores from 1 to 12and are valid for 2 years after the test date. The TOEFLEssentials test is offered worldwide in every country exceptIran. You take the test at home using your own computer and aproctor monitors your session through an online video camera. Thetest fee for the TOEFL Essentials test varies from U.S. $100 to$120, depending on your location. The fee for testing in theRepublic of Moldova is U.S. $110. Many institutions are stillmaking their decisions about accepting the TOEFL Essentials testand setting score requirements.Whatversions of the TOEFL are administered in the Republic ofMoldova?The paper-based TOEFL had been administered in the Republic ofMoldova on a regular basis until the Internet-based TOEFL wasintroduced in September 2006. The last TOEFL PBT was administeredin Chișinău on May 13, 2006. The computer-based TOEFL,which is no longer administered in the world, was neveradministered in our country. The first TOEFL iBT was administeredin Moldova on September 23, 2006. The Internet-based TOEFL isadministered at three ETS-authorized test centers inChișinău from one to several times a month. To get alist of available test locations and dates, visit the TOEFLwebsite or ask your TOEFL instructor. Beginning in April 2020,you can also take the TOEFL iBT test on your own computer athome. The TOEFL Essentials test has been offered since August2021.What isthe TOEFL iBT?The TOEFL iBT tests all 4 language skills that are important foreffective communication: reading, listening, speaking, andwriting. The content on the test is authentic, and the languageis consistent with that used in everyday academic settings. TheTOEFL iBT is offered more than 60 times a year at authorized testcenters around the world, and 4 days a week from almost anywherewith the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. The TOEFL iBT is approximately 3hours long. All test sections are completed on the same day.The TOEFL iBT Reading section measures the test taker's abilityto understand reading passages of about 700 words each fromuniversity-level textbooks covering a variety of differentsubjects. Besides traditional multiple-choice format questions,the Reading section has questions that ask test takers to selectthe answer choice that most accurately paraphrases a sentencefrom the passage, to insert a sentence where it fits best in thepassage, and to categorize information and fill in a chart orcomplete a summary. You can return to previous questions toreview or change your answers. Sometimes, test takers can clickon certain words and phrases in the reading passages to viewtheir definitions or explanations.The TOEFL iBT Listening section measures the test taker's abilityto understand spoken English. Listening material in the testincludes academic lectures and long conversations. The content ofthe lectures reflects the content that is presented inintroductory-level university courses. The lectures cover anextensive range of subjects and topics. The conversations in theTOEFL iBT may take place during an office meeting with aprofessor or teaching assistant, or during a service encounterwith university staff. Each lecture is about 5 minutes long. Eachconversation is about 3 minutes long. In the TOEFL iBT Listeningsection, you may hear accents from the United Kingdom, NewZealand, or Australia in addition to accents from North America.Besides traditional multiple-choice questions with 4 answerchoices and a single correct answer, the TOEFL iBT Listeningsection includes questions that measure understanding of aspeaker's attitude, degree of certainty, and purpose, or requiretest takers to order events or steps in a process or to matchobjects or text to categories in a chart. You will not be able tosee the questions while you listen to the conversations andlectures. You cannot return to previous questions to review orchange your answers.The TOEFL iBT Speaking section, which measures the test taker'sability to speak effectively in academic settings, includes 1independent and 3 integrated tasks. Question 1 is the IndependentSpeaking question, which is on a topic that is familiar to you.Questions 2 through 4 are the Integrated Speaking questions. Forthese questions, you have to use more than 1 skill. Somequestions require you to read, listen, and then speak, whileothers require you to listen and then speak. When you listen, youwill hear accents from North America, and you may hear accentsfrom the United Kingdom, New Zealand, or Australia. Test takerswear noise-cancelling headphones and speak into a microphone. Theresponses are digitally recorded and sent to ETS's Online ScoringNetwork, where human raters, who are trained and certified byETS, evaluate them. Human scoring is complemented by automated AIscoring to ensure consistent, quality scores.The TOEFL iBT Writing section, which measures a test taker'sability to write in an academic setting, has 2 tasks, integratedand independent. Question 1 is the Integrated Writing question.For this question, you will read a passage and listen to a shortlecture before writing your response. Question 2 is theIndependent Writing question. For this question, you will expressyour opinion on an issue. Human raters also evaluate theresponses to the Writing tasks via ETS's Online Scoring Network.As is the case with the Speaking section, human scoring iscomplemented by automated AI scoring to ensure consistent,quality scores. The TOEFL iBT Writing section requires typing. Ifyou cannot type, you should learn how to type as soon aspossible.Why was theTOEFL iBT introduced?The TOEFL iBT better measures what colleges and universities needto know: a prospective student's ability to use English in anacademic setting. The new Speaking section evaluates a person'sability to use spoken English, and the new integrated Writing andSpeaking tasks measure the ability to combine information frommore than one source and communicate about it. The new integratedtasks that combine more than one skill are designed to reflecthow we really use language. By preparing for the TOEFL iBT,students are building the skills that they need in order to uselanguage in an academic setting and communicate with confidence.In the past, language learning focused on learning about thelanguage (especially grammar), and students would receive highscores on tests without necessarily having the ability tocommunicate. Now teachers and learners understand the importanceof learning to use English to communicate, and activities thatfocus on communication and integrating (combining) skills arevery popular in many English language programs.Is theTOEFL iBT more difficult than the previous TOEFLformats?Although the TOEFL iBT Reading and Listening sections containlonger passages, the questions are not very different from thoseon the previous TOEFL formats. The integrated tasks on the TOEFLiBT Speaking and Writing sections may be considered morechallenging. However, to succeed academically in English-speakingcolleges and universities, students need to be able to combinetheir language skills in the classroom. The integrated tasks inthe TOEFL iBT help learners build the confidence needed tocommunicate in the academic environments they plan to enter.What is thestructure of the TOEFL iBT?The test includes four sections and takes about three hours tocomplete. The chart below shows the timing for each section andthe range of questions. The time limit for each section variesaccording to the number of questions. If the Reading section isshort, the Listening section is long, and vice versa. 2b1af7f3a8