The TOEFL® test introduces new features, including MyBest™ scores.

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When you’re looking to study abroad, there are many exciting choices to be made, starting with which English-language test can get you where you want to go and give you the confidence to succeed in an academic English-learning environment. The TOEFL® test gives students that confidence, as well as a unique advantage at , including in the U.S., Australia and Canada.

Starting in August 2019, introduced new enhancements for a , including a shortened test, MyBest™ scores and easier registration. The significant improvements to the TOEFL test experience make it an easy choice when selecting an English-language proficiency test.

Here’s more about the great benefits you can expect from the TOEFL iBT® test.

The TOEFL test takes less time than ever.

For all tests after August 1, TOEFL iBT testing time is reduced by 30 minutes, to approximately 3 hours. Test takers may find they benefit from the shorter test through better focus and lessened fatigue. And, there is still no need to return for a second day, which is required by some other tests.

With no changes to the or , it’s the same fair, reliable, preferred test, just with fewer questions in the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections. In other words, you will be able to exactly the same way as before.

So relax, you’ve got this

Check out the changes in store:






60-80 Minutes

36-56 Questions

Reading 3 or 4 academic passages and answering questions


60-90 Minutes

34-51 questions

Listen to academic speech like lecture or class discussions and answer questions


20 Minutes

6 Tasks

Express your opinion on a topic, or respond to reading and listening tasks


50 Minutes

2 Tasks

Write essay responses to reading and listening tasks, and express your opinion on a topic in writing

Introducing MyBest Scores

Only the TOEFL iBT test has , which allow you to showcase your top section scores from all of your tests in the previous 2 years. This means you may be able to achieve the scores you need sooner—and take the test fewer times—to meet the score requirements at the schools in which you plan to apply. You can check those requirements .  

What’s more, admissions officers prefer MyBest scores. In a recent survey, 74% of admissions officers say they prefer to have MyBest scores on the TOEFL iBT score report.* And, because of the reputation and high standards of the TOEFL test, you will stand out to universities when you apply.

All score reports sent after August 1, 2019, regardless of test date, will automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditional scores from your selected test date.

Did you take the test before August 1? 

No worries. You can still get a score report with MyBest scores after August 1, 2019 for tests taken before then. And, as always, are available to help you prepare. So register today and take the test that can best put your plans in motion—the TOEFL test.

Enjoy a simpler registration.

Now, you’ll find easier than ever with features that help you save time and plan ahead. The updated registration system features a test-center search powered by Google Maps™, and convenient access to official test prep. Get started by checking out now.

Why take the improved TOEFL test?

There are a world of reasons for choosing the TOEFL test, including:

  • Acceptance Worldwide. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 10,000 universities in over 150 countries.
  • Preferred in the U.S. Nine out of 10 universities in the U.S. prefer the TOEFL test over other English-language tests.** U.S. universities receive more TOEFL scores than all other English-language tests combined.***
  • 100% Accepted in Australia and New Zealand. TOEFL scores are accepted by all Australian and New Zealand universities, and for all Australian and New Zealand immigration.

What’s more, the TOEFL test helps give you the confidence you need to succeed in the academic environment of your choice. Get started today!


1) The TOEFL iBT test has been shortened by 30 minutes.
2) MyBest scores is the new TOEFL iBT test feature that allows you to show your best scores to universities.
3) Registration for the test is easier.
4) The started August 1, 2019.

With so many great advancements to the TOEFL test, there’s never been a better time to begin your path to success. So why wait any longer? for the TOEFL iBT test today.

*Source: Survey of 251 admissions officers at US and Canadian universities.
**Source: Survey of 94 admissions officers at U.S. universities who accept both TOEFL and IELTS® scores and who expressed a preference.
***Source: Survey of 329 admissions officers at U.S. universities.

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