Toefl – Cbt vs iBT
Since my Toefl is coming up and when I booked it, I could not get a slot for the CBT but only for the iBT. Hence I set about finding out the differences between the two versions of the test.
The main reason why I could not locate a CBT slot was because it has been discontinued since the introduction of the iBT which will happen from the coming July. Now on to the main differences.
The single biggest difference is the introduction of the new Speaking section which will test a candidates English speaking ability and hence moot the requirement for taking the TSE. This section consists of 3 parts in which,
- The candidate has to speak based on a topic which he is familiar with.
- Read a short passage and listen a talk related to the passage. Based on them, the candidate must answer questions.
- Listen to a short lecture/conversation and summarize the key points of the audio.
Besides this, the TOEFL now consists of two essays instead of the earlier one. The scoring is also now on a scale of 0 to 120.
I’m not sure of the earlier, but I believe it was a maximum of 300.
For score comparisons, ETS has released a score comparison table (Warning: PDF link)
Due to the addition of the essay and the speaking section, the TOEFL iBT is now four hours longs :O
That is one hell of a long test :(