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TOEFL PAPER BASED OR COMPUTER BASED

TOEFL

 

 

If you are an international student and you want to continue your studies in an English language country then you have to pass an English test. One of them is TOEFL that is in two forms, one is computer-based called IBT and another one is done on a paper like the old times and is called PBT. But you may ask yourself which one is easier or which one you should take. Let's take a look at the differences.

TOEFL iBT

The TOEFL iBT exam is given online through the Internet at designated testing sites. It is recommended that you have basic typing skills in order to complete this exam in a timely manner. This exam measures writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. The test is administered very frequently throughout the year at various locations. The test takes about 3-4 hours to complete. This format of the exam is generally the only option students will have at most locations where they will be taking the TOEFL exam.

TOEFL PBT

TOEFL PBT exam is administered via a paper and pencil format. This exam measures listening, reading, writing and grammar skills. This exam is only offered in areas where the Internet is not available. The test takes about 2.5 hours to complete. This exam is being phased out and the TOEFL iBT will be the primary TOEFL exam given to international students.

If you don't know which one to take you should ask your college or university about it.

In general, if you are not familiar with a computer then you will have a problem with the IBT and also if you are not comfortable with the speaking part again this test is somehow troublesome for you.

But from the English knowledge point of view, you should be ready for both of them and it doesn't matter which one you take because it all depends on the place you want to go and continue your studies.

 


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