Overview of the iBT TOEFL® Listening Section
The listening section is Section 2 on the Internet-Based TOEFL® test. During the test, you will listen to conversations, lectures, and discussions, and you will answer questions about them.
There are two formats for the Listening section. On the short format, you will listen to two conversations, two lectures, and two discussions. On the long format, you will listen to three conversations, three lectures, and three discussions. After each listening passage, you will answer five or six questions about it. Only two conversations, two lectures, and two dicussions will be graded. Because you will not know which conversations, lectures, and discussions will be graded, you must try to do you best on all of them.
The listening section is divided into sets. Each set includes one conversation, two lectures, and two discussions. You will have 20 minutes to answer all of the questions on the short format and 30 minutes to answer all of the questions on the long format. The clock doesn't count the time you are listening to the conversations, lectures, and discussions.
During the test, follow the directions on the page or on screen for computer-assisted questions. Click on Next and OK to go to the next question. You cannot return to the previous questions.
These conversations are typical of those that occur on college or university campuses. Each conversation is followed by 5 questions.
The conversation may take place in a professor’s office, a library, a club, a cafeteria, or in a dorm. The content may be related to course requirements, inquiring about a payment for housing or registering for class..etc. You can practice our simulated TOEFL listening question conversations. All topics were found in previous official TOEFL test and we recreated the questions for you to practice.
Lectures in TOEFL iBT represent the kind of language used when professors teach in a classroom.
The lecture excerpt may be
1. Just a professor speaking
2. A student asking the professor a question
3. The professor asking the students a question and calling on one student for a response
Each lecture is approximately 5 minutes in length and is followed by 5 ~ 6 questions. The content of the lectures reflects the content that is presented in introductory-level academic settings. Lecture topics cover a broad range of subjects.
You will not be expected to have any prior knowledge of the subject matter. All the information you need to answer the questions will be contained in the Listening passage.
The lists below are provided to give you an idea of the topics that typically appear in the Listening section. In general these topics are divided into 4 major categories:
Arts, such as:
- Industrial design/art
- City planning
- Crafts: weaving, knitting, fabrics, furniture, carving, mosaics, ceramics, etc; folk and tribal art
- Cave/rock art
- Music and music history
- Literature and authors
Life Science, such as:
- Extinction of or conservation efforts for animals and plants
- Fish and other aquatic organisms
- Bacteria and other one-celled organisms
- Medical techniques
- Public health
- Physiology of sensory organs
- Animal behavior, e.g., migration, food foraging, defensive behavior
- Habitats and the adaptation of animals and plants to them
- Nutrition and its impact on the body
- Animal communication
Physical Science, such as:
- Weather and atmosphere
- Glaciers, glacial landforms, ice ages
- Deserts and other extreme environments
- Pollution, alternative energy, environmental policy
- Other planets’ atmospheres
- Astronomy and cosmology
- Properties of light, optics
- Properties of sound
- Electromagnetic radiation
- Particle physics
- Technology of TV, radio, radar
- Chemistry of inorganic things
- Computer science
- Seismology (plate structure, earthquakes, tectonics, continental drift, structure of volcanoes)
Social Science, such as:
- Anthropology of non-industrialized civilizations
- Early writing systems
- Historical linguistics
- Business, management, marketing, accounting
- TV/radio as mass communication
- Social behavior of groups, community dynamics, communal behavior
- Child development
- Modern history (including the history of urbanization and industrialization and their economic and social effects)
You can practice our simulated TOEFL listening conversation questions. All topics were found in previous official TOEFL test and we recreated the questions for you to practice.