Good news for English-Language test candidates! Starting from August 1, 2019, all TOEFL iBT test takers will benefit from changes to the test format and score reporting, as well as easier registration. In brief, these changes are as follows:
- Superscoring has been introduced!
As ETS explains: “The new MyBest™ scores feature will combine test takers’ best scores for each section from all valid TOEFL iBT scores from the previous two years. MyBest scores allow test takers to show their best overall test performance to institutions making important admissions decisions. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent after August 1, 2019, regardless of the test administration date, will automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditional scores from the test taker’s selected test date.”
2. The test has been shortened by 30 minutes — to three hours — with no changes to the overall test format or question types. There are simply fewer questions in the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections now.
Our test experience with students seems to be showing it is now easier to gain a high score on the TOEFL iBT, although it is still early days to draw definitive conclusions.