About the TOEFL Test

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The TOEFL test has four sections. The first two sections of the test - Listening and Structure - are computer-adaptive, meaning that you will receive test questions targeted to your performance level. In these two sections, your first question will be of average difficulty. The question you receive next will be one that best fits your performance and the design of the test. In the Listening and Structure sections, you will be able to change your answer as often as you like until you have made your final choice, confirmed your answer, and moved on to the next one. Once you move on to the next question, you will NOT be allowed to go back to a previous question. Your answer to each question presented on the screen helps determine the difficulty level of the next question you will be given.

The Four Sections of the TOEFL Test


Listening -- Measures ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America. You will use headphones to listen to the conversations and talks. While you are listening, pictures of the speakers or other information will be presented on your computer screen. There are two parts to the Listening section, with special directions for each part.

Structure -- Measures ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English.

Reading -- Measures ability to read and understand short passages similar in topic and style to those that students are likely to encounter in North American universities and colleges. This section contains reading passages and questions about the passages.

Writing -- Measures ability to write in English on an assigned topic. In this section, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to write in English. This includes the ability to generate and organize ideas, to support those ideas with examples or evidence, and to compose in standard written English in response to an assigned topic.

On the day of the test, you will be given a topic and will have 30 minutes to write an essay on that topic. Before the topic is presented, you must choose whether to type your essay on the computer or to hand write your essay on the answer sheet provided.

TOEFL Preparation Program at Vancouver English Centre

VEC is an approved ETS-certified test centre. You can familiarize youself with the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) at our modern computer labs.

At VEC, our TOEFL Preparation Program includes 3 levels. New students are placed in appropriate levels when they begin. Level adjustments are made every 4 weeks. The three levels are: