English Placement Test

TOEFL ITP® Test Content

A Reliable Assessment of English

The TOEFL ITP® tests are available in paper or digital format. The tests use academic and social content to evaluate the English-language proficiency of nonnative English speakers, giving you confidence in your students’ ability in a real-world academic setting.

Comprised of multiple-choice questions, the TOEFL ITP Level 1 and Level 2 tests evaluate skills in 3 areas:

  • Listening Comprehension measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities.
  • Structure and Written Expression measures recognition of selected structural and grammatical points in standard written English.
  • Reading Comprehension measures the ability to read and understand academic reading material written in English.

The TOEFL ITP Speaking test evaluates the skills needed to speak English in everyday situations, as well as some basic campus and academic settings. It consists of 4 tasks:

  • 1 read aloud task
  • 2 independent speaking tasks
  • 1 integrated speaking task

Learn more about the many ways you can use the TOEFL ITP assessments in your program.

The TOEFL ITP® Tests at a Glance

Level 1 (Intermediate to Advanced)

Testing time: Approximately 2 hours

SectionNumber of QuestionsAdmin. TimeScore Scale
Listening Comprehension5035 minutes31–68
Structure and Written Expression4025 minutes31–68
Reading Comprehension5055 minutes31–67
TOTAL140115 minutes310–677

Level 2 (High-beginner to Intermediate)

Testing time: Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes

SectionNumber of QuestionsAdmin. TimeScore Scale
Listening Comprehension3022 minutes20–50
Structure and Written Expression2517 minutes20–50
Reading and Vocabulary4031 minutes20–50
TOTAL9570 minutes200–500


Note: The Speaking test is only available with the digital TOEFL ITP Level 1 or Level 2 test.

  • Testing time: Approximately 15 minutes
  • Number of tasks: 4
  • Score range: 31–68

Content and Settings for the TOEFL ITP Tests

Academic Topics

  • Arts: fine arts, crafts, theater, dance, architecture, literature, music, film, photography
  • Humanities: history, political science, government, philosophy, law
  • Life Sciences: paleontology, biochemistry, animal behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, health science, biology, agriculture
  • Physical Sciences: geology, astronomy, chemistry, Earth science, engineering, meteorology, energy, technology, oceanography, physics
  • Social Sciences: anthropology, sociology, education, geography, archaeology, psychology, economics, business, management, marketing, communications

Campus-life Topics

  • Classes: class schedules, class requirements, library references, assignments (papers, presentations, readings), professors, studying, field trips
  • Campus administration: registration, housing on and off campus, study abroad, internships, university policies
  • Campus activities: clubs, committees, social events

General Topics

  • Business: management, offices, official documents, law
  • Environment: weather, nature, climate, environment
  • Food: types of food, restaurants
  • Language and communication: mail, email, phone use, leaving messages, requests for information
  • Media: TV, internet
  • Objects: descriptions of objects, equipment
  • Personal: family members, friends, health, emotions, physical characteristics, daily routines
  • Planning and time management: future events, invitations, personal schedules
  • Purchases: clothing, shopping, banking, money
  • Recreation: sports, games, concerts, plays, art, books, photography, music, parties and gatherings, public lectures
  • Transportation: travel, driving, parking, public transportation, travel reservations
  • Workplace: applying for a job, on-campus employment, work schedules
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