The ETS (Educational Testing Service) made a major announcement regarding some key updates to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT Test on April 11. The changes come as a part of the initiative to improve the candidate experience. The updates will apply from the upcoming TOEFL iBT session, and registrations for it will start on July 16, 2023. These changes offer several benefits to Indians. Let us explain them in detail.


Here is a list of changes in the test format and other aspects of TOEFL iBT-

  • The test will be shortened by an hour now, with the new duration being two hours instead of three hours.
  • The instructions and navigation will be more streamlined, making it easier for students to attempt the exam.
  • A “Writing for an Academic Discussion” task will replace the “Independent Writing Task”
  • The test will have a shorter reading section.
  • All unscored questions will be removed.
  • A simplified registration process will enable candidates to register and book a test date and slot quickly and easily.
  • The update also features increased score transparency, with candidates getting a notification about their test score release date after completing the test. They will also get real-time updates on their score status.
  • There will be more localized benefits with the addition of local payment options with credit and debit cards, net banking, and digital wallets.
  • A dedicated customer service centre will now be available for Indian students effective immediately.

The objective of these innovative changes is to ease the journey of customers and stakeholders such as consultants, support test takers, and serve them better.


While these TOEFL iBT test updates are beneficial to Indian test takers, another good thing about them is that candidates who have already registered for rest can reschedule it for free to make the most of the enhancements and move up their test date accordingly.

The free reschedule option is available until April 30, 2023. Additionally, the official website has updated versions of free practice tests to ensure that test takers feel confident with the changes. More free and paid test prep options will also be available in the upcoming weeks.

The TOEFL iBT score scale stays the same for score users. It continues to be the most trusted and valid option for score users, and the additional enhancements make the overall experience even better for them. Candidates can rely on them to save time and curb anxiety.

For more information on the TOEFL iBT enhancements, visit

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