IELTS is trusted by over 10,000 organisations globally, making the the most referred-to standard test to measure individuals’ language proficiency. Therefore, when you take the test and obtain an acceptable score you can be confident that it is recognised by educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies around the world.

Going on for 30 years ago, IELTS continues to be the standard for English language testing today in all the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Also, governments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration applications.


There are three scores and a total of five section on the GRE. These include:

  • 1 Analytical Writing Assessment section
  • 2 Verbal Reasoning sections
  • 2 Quantitative Reasoning sections

In addition, you will see one of the following sections:

  • Unscored (may be either Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Research (used for ETS research purposes)

The Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections are each scored on a scale of 130 to 170. The mean score for Verbal Reasoning is 151, and the mean score for Quantitative Reasoning is 153. The Analytical Writing Assessment is scored from 0 to 6 in half-point increments, and the mean score is 4.0.

The Overall TOEFL Exam Pattern

The TOEFL iBT is a four-hour, computerized test with four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. You’ll use one main skill for each section, with some questions or tasks requiring the use of multiple skills. You’ll always have 20 minutes on Speaking and 50 minutes on Writing.

However, the Reading and Listening sections vary in length due to unscored, experimental questions. Reading ranges from 60 to 80 minutes long, while Listening ranges from 60 to 90 minutes long. There will be no indication telling you which questions are experimental and which ones aren’t, so don’t spend too much time worrying about this—just try your best on all questions!

Finally, you’ll have one 10-minute break in the middle of the test, between the Listening and Speaking sections. This break is mandatory, meaning you must take it. You may take other breaks during the test, but you will not be able to pause the timer for these.