About the TOEFL

Your General TOEFL Questions back to top


In this section, you'll find answers to your commonly asked TOEFL questions. These questions are general and not related to any specific section of the test. Please take a look at the list below if you have any doubts or concerns. If you do not find the answer to your question here or think you may need a bit of clarification, let us know right away. We're here to help--no matter what!


1) Should I have my test rescored?


2) How do experimental sets work?


3) Will I meet my TOEFL requirements in time for my exam?


4) I saw a question type that's different from NoteFull's; what do I do?


5) Where do I go if I'm feeling stressed or unmotivated?


6) How can I find a study partner?


7) Can I use your systems for the TOEFL PBT?


Your Questions Answered back to top


1) Should I have my test rescored?


To rescore or not to rescore is a common concern. ETS charges $80 to rescore one section and $160 for both Speaking and Writing, combined! So making the decision to rescore can seem like a gamble. Here's some advice if you're considering a rescore. 



We have seen students make anywhere from 1 to 4 point jumps when they've requested a rescore of their speaking or writing sections. However, anything beyond that might be tough.  



First, consider how confident you feel about your level. If you feel truly confident that you deserved a 24 instead of a 23, there's a good chance that you may be deserving of that extra point. Confidence on a test often indicates confident speaking and higher scores as a result.



Also consider how many points you need. If you're looking for 1-2 points more, NoteFull recommends that you give it a shot. However, if more than that, it might be the case that you'll need a bit more review, but we would still request rescoring if you thought that you deserved a much higher score than you earned.



Finally, when in doubt ask an instructor. We'll be glad to discuss this further with you if you're still not sure. Good luck!




2) How do experimental sets work?


Unfortunately, ETS isn't very transparent about the experimental reading and listening sets, nor the purpose behind them. However, what we do know is that an experimental set is basically just an additional set of unscored questions. 



For example, the average reading set includes 1 reading passage and 14 questions, right? Typically, students will receive 3 sets (3 passages and 42 questions total). However, with an experimental set, you'll have 4 total sets (4 reading passages and 56 questions). 



Because of the randomness of experimental sets, there is no way of knowing which set is "experimental" or who will encounter one. Therefore, NoteFull feels that it is in your best interest to work through all questions carefully, no matter how many you have to face. Good luck!




3) Will I meet my TOEFL requirements in time for my exam?


Many of you out there know exactly what scores you have to reach on the TOEFL. Some of you, however, may be a bit unsure. When in doubt, ask the institutions to which you will be applying. For example, if you know what universities you'd like to attend, be sure to visit their website or call--they'll have the information you need. 



If you do know your requirements, but aren't sure how to meet them, we'd be glad to help provide a recommendation. Never hesitate to contact us: StudentHelp@NoteFull.com



Above all else, be realistic! If you earned a 60 on your last test, you will probably have difficulty shooting your score up to a 100+ in just a couple of weeks. Getting high level scores on the TOEFL can be a challenge: it involves hard work with your fundamental English abilities as well as TOEFL strategy. We know you'll get there though and we know we can help.




4) I saw a question type that's different from NoteFull's; what do I do?


A lot of our students start preparing for the TOEFL with other, more well-known test preparation sources like Delta, Barron's, Kaplan, Longman and Cambridge. These texts are good supplementary sources and are also a great way to improve your general skills. However, make sure that you understand that these texts often present their TOEFL questions a bit differently. Therefore, you may not be able to apply NoteFull strategies to the tasks you see in those resources.



So, which is better? We believe that in order to prepare for the TOEFL , you should use resources that model the exam as precisely as possible. That's why all instructors at NoteFull take the TOEFL every 3 months. With this experience, we are better able to create accurate study materials and strategies and help you crack the TOEFL for good.



Click here if you're not registered: How Do I Choose My TOEFL Program?



5) Where do I go if I'm feeling stressed or unmotivated?


Preparing for and taking the TOEFL can be a stressful experience for many. If you think stress, anxiety, or a lack of motivation is preventing you from hitting your score, make sure that you visit the Motivation page.


Any time you start to feel overwhelmed click the link posted here: Get Motivated Today!



6) How can I find a study partner?


Many NoteFull student find it tough to work independently through their TOEFL studies. If you are one of these students--you're not alone. We are currently working on a new website for NoteFull and will also be creating a new forum to connect with other TOEFL test takers. For now, we do apologize, but we don't have a source to help.


We hope to have the new site up soon!



7) Can I use your systems for the TOEFL PBT?


The TOEFL PBT and the TOEFL iBT are both similar in a lot of ways, yet also different. While most institutions require students take the iBT exam, some students still opt for the PBT version. Here are some details about the two tests to help you as you move forward:






Reading Section

Time: 60-100 minutes

Questions: 36-56

Score Scale: 0-30

Key Differences: New Summary questions, Glossary of keywords

Time: 30 minutes

Questions: 1 topic

Score Scale: 31-67

Listening Section

Time: 60-90 minutes

Questions: 34-51

Score Scale: 0-30

10 minutes break

Key Differences: New Purpose and Attitude questions, Longer passages, Note-taking permitted

Time: 30-40 minutes

Questions: 50

Score Scale: 31-68

Speaking Section

Time: 20 minutes

Questions: 6 tasks

Score Scale: 0-4 points converted to 0-30

No Speaking section

Structure (Grammar) Section

No Structure section

Questions: 15 exercises of completing sentences and 25 exercises of identifying errors.

Time:25 minutes

Score Scale:31-68

Writing Section

Time: 50 minutes

Questions: 2 tasks

Score Scale: 0-5 points converted to 0-30

Time: 30 minutes

Questions: 1 topic

Score Scale: 0-6

Total Score

Score Scale: 0-120

Score Scale: 310-677  


Please note that it is our aim to teach students to effectively pass the TOEFL iBT exam. However, that doesn't mean that we cannot help you for the TOEFL PBT, too. How can we help if you plan to take this exam instead?


Reading: Our reading systems will help you improve your overall abilities and strategies to beat the TOEFL PBT. There are some strategies here, however, that you will not find on your PBT, like the Summary question.


Listening: Our listening systems will also help you prepare for the TOEFL PBT; however, keep in mind, we place a lot of emphasis in our systems on note-taking. Also, the Attitude and Purpose questions will not be featured on your PBT, so you may only need to review these strategies for general listening skills. 


Writing: Our writing systems will be a great way to help you prepare and become a stronger writer overall. 


Structure (Grammar): ESL Power is a great system to help you improve your overall grammatical knowledge and ability to use English grammar correctly and effectively for this section of your TOEFL PBT. 


We hope this helps you make the best decisions possible for your next exam. However, if you have any further questions or concerns, never hesitate to write in; we'll be glad to point you in the right direction.
































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4 entries
Ddaed Halabi wrote on Sunday December 18, 2016 1:02am
If I get ill (influenza) and my voice go out with a difficulties in sound. that will harm my score???

mahsa wrote on Thursday November 19, 2015 6:39am
Hi, how can i registor my email to recive notefull video every week ?? thank you

Mohammed Almutairi wrote on Thursday December 18, 2014 11:28pm

Shrad wrote on Monday August 4, 2014 4:25pm
HiI have just started fo iBT. I appeared in the exam once without preparing, but i did not get good score. So how long it takes to be perfect.