TOEFL Writing Section – FAQ
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How long is the TOEFL iBT Writing Section?

  • The TOEFL iBT Writing Section lasts for 50 minutes total.

How many questions are in the TOEFL iBT Writing Section?

There are two questions in the TOEFL iBT Writing Section.  The Integrated Question and the Independent Question.

  • The Integrated Question requires the test-taker to read a 200-300 word passage and then listen to a lecture (about 2 minutes long – similar to the TOEFL iBT Speaking Question 4)  The test-taker then fulfills the task by writing a summary of the information presented within the reading passage and the spoken lecture, and how they are related.
  • The Independent Question asks the test-taker his or her opinion on a specific subject, similar to Speaking Question number 2.  The test-taker then fulfills the task by writing an essay on their opinion about the question.

What is the purpose of the TOEFL iBT Writing Section?

The TOEFL iBT Writing Section tests a person’s ability to present one’s ideas in a clear, and well-organized manner, suitable for an academic writing situation.


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