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About iBT TOEFL
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Reading  
Special features of the reading section
1. The length of the script is much longer than those on the CBT TOEFL
  (but the vocabulary used in the scripts is the same).
2. Titles for each script are given, so it is easier to determine the topic
  (questions asking the title or the topic are not given).
3. Most questions are given in order of precedence in the script.
4. Questions appear on the right side of the screen, so students can read the questions before reading the passage.
5. Core Academic Skills, such as summarizing and paraphrasing, are strengthened.
6. Unfamiliar words are explained in the glossary.
7. Unanswered questions can be automatically reviewed.
Comparison with the CBT's reading section
  Passage Length
(Number of words)
Number of passages Number of questions in each passage Time Given
CBT 280 ~ 350 4 ~ 5 11 70 ~ 90 min
iBT 600 ~ 700 3 ~ 5 12 ~ 14 (Total 36~ 70) 60 ~ 100 min
Question types in the reading section
* Most of the reading questions are the same as the CBT question types.
(A) Basic Comprehension Questions
(1) Vocabulary Questions
(2) Reference Questions
(3) Sentence Simplification Questions
(4) Factual Information Questions
(5) Negative Fact Questions
(B) Inferencing Reading Questions
(1) Inference Questions
(2) Rhetorical Purpose Questions
(3) Insert Text Questions
(C) Reading-to-Learn Questions
(1) Prose Summary Questions
(2) Classifying, Categorizing, and Organizing Information Questions
New question types
(A) Sentence Simplification Questions (paraphrase & summary)
- Closely related to sentence-structure questions.
- Asks the students to choose a statement which best paraphrases the key information from a long and complex sentence.
(B) Prose Summary Questions
- Arranging major ideas of the passage
(C) Classifying, Categorizing, and Organizing Information Questions
- Categorizing the specific facts in the passage