TOEFL Syllabus 2019: ETS®, the TOEFL® conducting body prescribes four modules/sections in the TOEFL syllabus 2019, namely, Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Although there is no specific TOEFL 2019 syllabus, the pattern of the test is quite specific. The test takers are required to combine his/her language skills in all the sections while appearing for the TOEFL exam. All the sections are conducted on the same day with a 10 minutes break. Candidates are assessed on their capability to ingrate the mentioned skill-sets. Careers 360, in this article, has provided the syllabus of TOEFL 2019 pertaining to Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing sections.

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As per the TOEFL syllabus 2019, a candidate is required to perform the following tasks-

  • 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

The detailed break-up of the four sections in TOEFL Syllabus 2019 are provided below:

  • Reading section description- 

Length of Each Passage

Number of Passages

Number of questions in each passage

Timing for each passage

Total Duration

700 words approx.

3-4 Passages from academic texts.

12-14 questions per passage.

36-56 questions in total.

20mins to read and answer the questions

60-80mins

Reading: This section involves reading three or four passages from academic texts and answering questions. Candidates can practice reading passages from books or papers to prepare for this module. The passages in the test can be derived from anywhere. In this section of TOEFL 2019, only reading ability of the candidate is checked.

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  • Listening section description- 

Number of Lectures

Number of  words in each lecture(words) /conversation(exchanges)

Number of  questions in each lecture/conversation

Timing for each lecture/conversation

4-6 lectures

500-800 words

6 questions per lecture

3-5 minutes each

2–3 conversations

12-25 exchanges

5 questions per conversation

34-51 questions in total(lectures+ conversations)

3 minutes each

60–90 minutes is the total duration for Listening module

Listening: This section requires a candidate to listen to academic lectures, classroom discussions and conversations; then answering questions related to the topic. The test takers need to be alert and active in this section of the exam as they will be later asked questions from the sessions. It is advisable that students take notes while listening to the lectures and discussions.

  • Speaking section description- 

  • The total duration of Speaking module is 20 minutes.

  • Number of tasks =6.

Number of Tasks

Duration of Passage/Conversation/Lecture

Preparing Time (after beep sound)

Speaking Time (after beep sound)

2 Independent Tasks.

Not specified

15 secs each.

 15x2= 30 secs

45 secs each.

45x2= 90 secs 

4 Integrated Tasks

 

1>    Read/ Listen/ Speak.

Passages and talks. Then answer the questions relating both.

 

 

2>    Listen/Speak. Listen to part of Lecture and then answer the given question.

 

 

 

 

Passage- 45 secs each to read.

75-100 words.

Listening passage-

60-90 secs. 150-220 words.

 

Listening passage-

60-90 secs.

180-220 words.

 

Lecture-

90- 120 secs.

230-250 words.

 

 

30 secs each.

 

30x2= 60 secs

 

 

60 secs each.

 

60x2= 120 secs

 

 

 


20 secs each.

 

20x2= 40 secs

 

 

 

 

60 secs each.

 

60x2= 120 secs

Speaking: According to the syllabus of TOEFL 2019, in this section, test takers have to express an opinion on a familiar topic. They will have to speak based on Reading and Listening tasks. This section evaluates a candidate's ability to comprehend information. Basically, one needs to explain what he/she has read.

  • Writing section description- 

Task Type

Task Description

Word Limit for Reading Passage

Reading Time

Listening Passage Word Limit

Listening Passage Time

Word Limit

Response Time

1 Integrated task

Read/Listen/Write

230-300 words

3 minutes

230-300 words

2 minutes

150- 225 words

20 minutes

1 Independent task

Writing from Knowledge and Experience

NA

NA

NA

NA

300 words

30 minutes

Writing: In this section, candidates will have to write essay responses based on the reading and listening tasks that is provided. The candidate will also have to support an opinion in writing. The candidate should be well informed in order to crack this section.

What is the exam pattern of TOEFL 2019?

The total duration of the TOEFL test is about four and a half hours. Below is the test pattern of TOEFL 2019 exam. Aspiring candidates can also check the TOEFL sample paper if one wishes to know more about TOEFL syllabus 2019.

TOEFL 2019 Syllabus

Section

Time Limit

Questions

Tasks

Reading

60–80 minutes

36–56 questions

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

Listening

60–90 minutes

34–51 questions

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

Speaking

20 minutes

6 tasks

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

Writing

50 minutes

2 tasks

Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

TOEFL, a test of English language proficiency is administered by a US-based non-profit organization called the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is recognised by more than 10,000 participating institutes and organisations across 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and the United States. TOEFL Test result is also required for availing the visa in some of the countries worldwide. The test score of TOEFL is valid up to 2 years from the date of test. The exam is typically held on Saturdays and Sundays. Candidates can register for TOEFL 2019 depending on the availability of TOEFL Test dates 2019 which are scheduled by the concerned authorities.

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For admission in engineering college in India,you TOEFL or IELTS marks will not be considered.
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is it necessary to give SAT, ACT and TOEFL or just SAT is fine?

Muskan Gupta 27th Feb, 2020

Hi Keya

Most four - year colleges require that all applicants , domestic and international alike , take the SAT or ACT.  If English isn't your first language , then you will likely also have to take TOEFL to apply to college. Most colleges will equally accept IELTS or PTE too. The TOEFL is most popular option.

But if you score highly enough on the verbal section of the SAT or ACT , then you might not have to take the TOEFL.

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can you please inform me how to apply for IELTS and TOEFL exams

Charvi Nayyar 7th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant

you can register for IELTS exam in the following way:

1. you can register online and pay the fees by credit card (Log on to www.ieltsidpindia.com and Select the option "Register for IELTS" and fill the necessary information).

2.  register in person at idp branch and pay the fees there. identical to the first option.

3. register by courier and pay test fee by demand draft.

you can register for TOEFL exam by online means and or by email or by phone. you can also register in person at a toefl resource center. you will be basically required to visit and create an online profile and then pay the exam fees.

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Dear Sir/Mam, I want to do MS in UK in January 2021. Do i have to give both IELTS and TOEFL exams or either? I dont know when and how to start preparation. please Help. Thanks

Mayank Chowdhary 2nd Feb, 2020

Giving either of them is ok actually. And for preparations then if you plan to shift in 2021 try to give the exam in around November 2020 if possible and to start it's preparations, as per me it's a 3 months regular studies required to crack the same. So you can start in around July/August to be well prepared to give the exam.

Either the IELTS or the TOEFL is required as part of your application to an English-speaking university and will demonstrate if you will be able to understand the course material.

The IELTS and TOEFL exams are two of the most accepted English proficiency exams around the world. However, both of these tests are different in their structure, approach, and teaching criteria. This means that you need to understand how the two differ before selecting which test to study for and ultimately take.

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All the foreign Universities offer a scholarship which is on the basis of meriat and need basis . You should try to look for it and inform the competent authority about it . They would help you in every way . They also offers 100 % scholarship to merit and need basis students.


This would help you to study abroad.

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