Common difficulties TOEFL candidates encounter with the TOEFL Reading section

The Reading section is the first section of the TOEFL, it tests your ability to understand college-level academic reading skills.

The Reading section can be a bit intimidating considering the fact that it has a number of passages that will require candidates to read all and answer questions just within 54 to 72 minutes.

There are some common difficulties candidates encounter with in this section and as expected, these difficulties end up lowering their scores Knowing about these difficulties and learning how to tackle them before your set an exam date will help you ace the Reading section of the TOEFL exam.

Difficulty with time management

Many test takers find it challenging to complete the reading section within the given time limit.

What’s New about the TOEFL iBT Test?

As TOEFL test-takers may notice, an announcement was made on the ETS official website addressing some major changes on the TOEFL test starting August 1st of this year. In the announcement, ETS only mentioned the format changes but is that all they changed in the new TOEFL iBT test? Here’s what you will need to know before you actually take the test.

Reading Section

The total of reading passages in the reading section has now been shortened from 14 questions to 10 questions, which means you will get three or four passages to read. Although this might sound like a great news, you might still get the same amount of passages as the old TOEFL test because there will still be an “experimental” passage. “Experimental” passages are what ETS used to try out their new question banks and see if these questions function the same as

TOEFL Speaking Q1 Lesson

By StudyQB Teachers

New TOEFL Speaking Task 1 Question:
Should countries give financial incentives to car companies that make vehicles that use alternative fuels (other than oil and gas)? Explain your answer.

Accent: Received Pronunciation English (BBC English)

Understanding the New TOEFL Speaking – the four question types

ETS has changed the TOEFL format to bring a better test experience to test takers. In this article, we will be introducing the 4 types of New TOEFL Speaking questions. 

TOEFL Speaking question changed after August 1, 2019

Before August 1, 2019 (OLD VERSION)

TOEFL Speaking used to have 6 question task, 2 independent questions, and 4 integrated questions. 

If you are wondering what the NEW TOEFL Speaking questions look like in a real test, check out this article. We are giving away out lastest paid-course material for FREE - revealing the new Speaking questi

4 NEW TOEFL Speaking Questions from August 10, 2019 test

Since August 2019, ETS has changed the TOEFL iBT test format. TOEFL Speaking Questions are reduced from 6 Tasks to 4 Tasks only. In this article, we are giving away real Speaking question topics we re-created from one of the new TOFEL iBT tests on August 10, 2019.

If you want to learn more about the NEW Speaking section of the TOEFL test, make sure you read "Understanding the New TOEFL Speaking format – The Four Question Types" to find out what is different after August 1, 2019. 

Speaking Question 1

Do you agree or disagree that parents should teach their kids to be independent at an early age?

What to Expect on the TOEFL® iBT test day

Before the Test

Plan your trip to the test center to be on time

The test starts at 9:00 am. All test-takers must arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the test begins, to check in. Late arrivals include students without enough time for check-in, who will not be allowed to take the test. Plan your trip to the test center, learn the way there, and note the traffic, parking situation, etc.


Check-in involves electronic scanning of all test-takers for test security, producing your ID document, signing a confidentiality agreement, and the assigning of test stations.

Lock up your personal items

When checking in, you will be told to place all your personal items in a secure locker. Other than the key for your locker and your glasses, the only item allowed in the test room is your ID document. Therefore, put everything else in the locker. If you bring water or a snack, you will be able to access them during the 10-minute break. In s

2018 Trending TOEFL iBT Speaking Questions

TOP 1: Campus life, around 60%

Under this category, academic-related, 33%; daily life, 20%; volunteer work, 7%.
Q: What is the biggest challenge for university students and why?
In my opinion, homesickness poses major challenges to university students. The reasons why it is experienced so commonly are as follows. First, starting a brand-new life at college naturally...

TOP 2: Personal opinion, around 15%

these type of speaking question topics are the most frequent ones.
Q: Some university students choose to take difficult classes even if they know they might not get a good grad

TOEFL iBT Speaking Guide

The Speaking section of TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to speak English in the campus environment, it takes 20 minutes to complete, of which the test time is 15 minutes and the other 5 minutes is for preparation and standby time. There are a total of six question tasks you have to answer during the Speaking test: two independent speaking questions and four integrated speaking questions.  
  • Task 1: Personal Experience - choose from one option
  • Task 2: Personal Preference - choose from two option
  • Task 3: Campus Announcement - explain your opinion on a campus issue
  • Task 4: General to Specific - explain a lecture topic
  • Task 5: Problem and Solution - explain a campus life problem
  • Task 6: Academic Lecture - explain a lecture