From August 2011 - Change in TOEFL Speaking Section; New Question Formats

In the first question of the speaking section in iBT TOEFL test you may face differences in 2 ways, both of which or only one might occur:

First Change: Instead of open choices, there are 3 or 4 choices.

Second Change: Instead of asking your "preference" it will ask for your "advice" to someone

Example: "Your friend recently received a large amount of money, should your friend open a new business, save the money, or go back to school? Which would you advise your friend to do, use specific reasons and examples in your answer."


In the second question of the speaking section the possible difference is as follows:

The "old" question would ask you to agree or disagree, or it would give you two choices and ask your preference. The new question asks you to COMPARE and CONTRAST two things AND state your preference

Example: Some people think cats make the best pets, others think dogs do. Compare and contrast cats and dogs as pets, and state which you prefer and why. Use specific details and examples in your answer.


You may get the old format OR the new format. Recently (since August of 2011) we are hearing mostly new format from the test takers. 

October 30, 2011 - TOEFL® Online Test Registration Unavailable 

The ETS website announced that TOEFL online registration will be out of reach on October 30th from 3 to 7 a.m. The announcement is as follows:

 TOEFL® Online Test Registration will be unavailable Sunday, October 30, 2011, between 3:01 a.m. and 7 a.m. Eastern Time, due to maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Announced by ETS.org, TOEFL official website on October 24, 2011



 

November 01, 2011 - Timing and Navigation changes of the TOEFL iBT Reading Section

On October 7th the ETS announced some new changes in reading section of the iBT TOEFL test. The changes have been made to reading section extended format; they reduced the number of reading passages from 5 to 4, also the timing has changed from 100 minutes to 80 minutes. Experts has mentioned that this enhancement makes the test more fair for students who by chance will face the extended format of the reading section. The message that appeared on the ets.org website is as follows:

In response to feedback about the length of the TOEFL iBT® reading section, ETS will decrease the maximum number of reading passages from five to four beginning November 1, 2011. You will have either 60 minutes to complete three reading passages and questions, or 80 minutes to complete four reading passages and questions.In addition, the Reading section will no longer be divided into separately timed parts. Instead, all of the Reading passages and questions will be made available to you in a single block of time. This change will allow you to pace yourself throughout the entire Reading section. It will also allow you to navigate within the entire Reading section so you can skip questions, go back to review and change responses, or respond to questions that you may have skipped.We believe this change allows you to better utilize your own test-taking strategies in the Reading section. 


Announced by ETS.org, TOEFL official website on October 7, 2011