Friday, September 19, 2008


The TOEFL iBT features many of the question types used on the computer-based test. New
questions involve integrated (combined) language skills and require test takers to:
read, listen, and then speak in response to a question
listen and then speak in response to a question
read, listen, and then write in response to a question
These new questions measure the student’s ability to use English to communicate effectively
and determine if they have the language skills needed for academic success.
The toolbar in each section allows test takers to navigate through the test with ease. The
following are examples of testing tools from the Listening and Reading sections of the new
test. The section is always found in the upper left-hand corner of the toolbar.
This is what the toolbar looks like in the Listening section.
Test takers always know what question they are answering and how much time is left in
the section. It is possible to hide this clock at any time by clicking on Hide Time.
Volume enables test takers to adjust the volume of the Listening material.
Help gives test takers a way to get relevant help. When test takers use the Help feature,
the clock does not stop.
Next allows test takers to proceed to the next question.
Once test takers click on Next, they can confi rm their answers by clicking on OK. In the
Listening section, test takers cannot see a question again once they click on OK.
The toolbar for the Reading section has some unique features.
Test takers can view the entire passage when answering questions. For some questions,
they need to click View Text to see the entire reading passage.
They can view all of their answers by clicking on Review. This allows them to return to
any other question and change their answers. They can also see which questions they
have skipped and still need to answer.
In the Reading section, test takers can also click on Back at any time to return to the
previous question.

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