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TOEFL Practice Test: A TOEFL Sample Test from Magoosh

Everyone knows that the best way to prepare yourself for your TOEFL test date is to practice. But, as an experienced student, you also know that your practice must include more than just sets of questions. You must also prepare for the format, timing, and pacing of the TOEFL exam. The best way to do this is to take a TOEFL practice test. You may be surprised to learn, however, that ETS (the company that makes the TOEFL) does not provide an official, full-length TOEFL sample test for students.

But, don’t worry! We are here to help. Magoosh’s TOEFL Experts created a TOEFL Practice Test just for you. Plus, we put together a list of many other free TOEFL practice resources to help you study for test day.

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Table of Contents

This article is organized to guide you through your TOEFL practice. If you’re ready to see Magoosh’s free TOEFL Sample Test, click here to jump ahead. Otherwise, here’s a guide to what you can expect in this post:

 

Do I need to take a practice test?

Yes! It is very important to take a TOEFL sample test (or two!) before your test day. This will help you get used to moving from section to section, and will help you learn to switch gears from reading to listening to speaking to writing.

The TOEFL exam is long and you don’t get much time to rest. You need to train your body and mind to be able to sit and take a strenuous exam. Taking timed, full-length (or slightly shortened) TOEFL tests will help you do this.

Why should I take a TOEFL practice test?

Are you still not convinced that taking a TOEFL practice test is a good use of your study time?

Listen to this: Not only are practice tests good for improving your stamina, but they are also a great way to discover your strengths and weaknesses, and understand where (and why) you make mistakes.

Are you good at English spelling, but find speaking in English challenging? Can you easily do well on the essay, but need to improve your reading comprehension skills? Are you a beginner asking yourself, “What is the TOEFL test, anyway?”

A TOEFL mock-test answers these questions by showing your strengths and weaknesses, and allowing you to turn those weaknesses into strengths!

When should I take a practice test?

That depends on how long you have until your TOEFL test date.

Ask yourself these questions: Are you preparing for a TOEFL that’s two weeks away or two months away? Have you already taken a test or are you just starting to study?

If you have a long time to study, then you can plan to fit in a few extra practice tests along the way.

However, if you have at least one month to study for your TOEFL, we recommend taking:

  • 1 practice test at the beginning of your prep to assess your baseline skill level
  • 1-2 practice tests during your TOEFL prep to measure your progress
  • 1 practice test at the end of your TOEFL prep to assess your current score and measure it against your goal score

After your final practice test, take some time to review and refine the skills that need last-minute help.

What is a good TOEFL practice test?

A good (high-quality) TOEFL practice test will feature questions of the same style and difficulty that you’ll encounter on test day. It will have clear answers and helpful explanations for each question. Scoring a good practice test will be easy, and directions to convert your score into the 1-30 scale for each section will be simple to understand.

Overall, you need your TOEFL sample test to provide the most authentic exam experience possible.

Where can I find TOEFL practice tests?

You now know why and when to take a TOEFL practice test, but do you know where to find a good TOEFL iBT practice test? There seem to be many floating around the internet, but you’ll want to use only trusted, high-quality resources in order to really improve your score.

This is where the free Magoosh TOEFL Practice test comes in!

 

Magoosh’s Free TOEFL Practice Test

It can be hard to find quality materials online, especially if you want a free sample test. That’s why we’re proud to share one of the best free TOEFL practice tests out there: Magoosh’s TOEFL Sample Test!

This printable PDF includes an abbreviated version of a TOEFL test. As you know, the TOEFL is formatted in four sections, each of which tests one language skill—reading, listening, speaking, and writing. In this PDF, you’ll find a shortened version of each section.

A full-length TOEFL iBT test takes about 4 hours. This free sample test is shorter; it will take about 2 hours to complete, because it is near half of a full TOEFL test.

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How to Use The Magoosh TOEFL Sample Test

Before each set of questions, we’ve provided directions for that section—be sure to read them! The best way to use this PDF is to first answer all of the questions, and then check those answers with the answer key at the end. You’ll see that there are also links to explanation videos for some questions, in case an answer is confusing. We highly recommend watching these videos! Why?

Well, once you have finished reviewing your practice test, you will have a tally of which questions you answered correctly and which questions you answered incorrectly. The only way to improve your TOEFL score is to understand why you are making mistakes and missing questions. That way, you can learn from your mistakes and avoid making the same errors on the real test. Watching explanation videos will help you learn from your mistakes.

If you notice that you missed some questions that don’t have explanation videos, don’t fret! All of these practice questions come from the Magoosh TOEFL product. If you like what you see in the practice test, be sure to sign up for a free trial of Magoosh. 🙂  

How to Score Your Magoosh TOEFL Sample Test

At the end of the sample test PDF, we’ve included an answer key. To estimate your score, you’ll need to add up the points you’ve earned in each section (this will be your raw score). Then, you’ll find a conversion chart that will estimate what score you’d receive on a real TOEFL (on a scale from 0-30). For the Speaking and Writing sections, we’ve included instructions to help you grade your responses.

We hope you like Magoosh’s TOEFL Practice Test! If you’re interested in other free TOEFL practice from Magoosh, just keep reading.

Magoosh Free TOEFL Practice Questions

In addition to the practice test, Magoosh offers a series of free practice questions that are not in test form. Like the TOEFL iBT Test Questions (more on those in a minute) Magoosh’s Free TOEFL Practice Questions come in PDF form. However, if you use this question set as instructed, you can still get a very good feel for the test, even without audio or software.

This PDF comes with detailed instructions before each set. At the end, there are in-depth explanations for every question and answer. We’ve done all we can to pack tons of useful information into this PDF. Sections include:

  • Reading Section Questions
  • Listening Section Questions
  • Speaking Section Questions
  • Writing Section Questions

With these instructions and answer explanations, we take the basic format of the TOEFL iBT Test questions described below, and then bring that format to a higher, more TOEFL-like level.

Magoosh Online TOEFL Preparation

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If you like Magoosh’s free practice test and sample questions, then we recommend signing up for a Magoosh TOEFL plan.

Not only does Magoosh TOEFL prep offer additional practice tests, but it also packs a lot of extra perks into its product.

Magoosh TOEFL includes video explanations for practice questions, video lessons on top TOEFL concepts and strategies, and expert insights are just a few of the supplementary materials included in the Magoosh TOEFL prep. Use it with Magoosh’s free TOEFL products—like the free sample test and practice questions PDF—to take your TOEFL prep to the next level. Each practice test is easy to use, with a clean design so you won’t get lost in the software!

Plus, our student help team is here to answer your questions via email if you ever get really confused by the material.

Free TOEFL Practice Tests

If you’re studying for a long time, then you will probably want even more TOEFL practice. So, in addition to the Magoosh resources that we’ve already mentioned, we put together a collection of other free TOEFL practice tests! Skip down to our review of a certain TOEFL sample test by clicking a link from the navigation bar below, or continue scrolling down to read our reviews of all of them.

ETS’s Interactive TOEFL Sample Test

The Interactive Sampler is a great resource for free TOEFL test practice…if you use Windows, that is. If you have a Mac, this program won’t work for you as it’s currently Windows-only. The software is created to simulate to a real TOEFL, and is almost a full test, including:

  • Three Reading tasks (equal to one whole reading section)
  • Two Listening tasks (equal to ⅓ of a section)
  • Three Speaking tasks (½ of a section)
  • Two Writing tasks (one whole section)

In addition to the content listed above, there are also sample responses for the speaking and writing questions—great additional help.

TOEFL iBT Test Questions

With no audio recordings, no software, and no answer explanations, the TOEFL iBT Test Questions PDF is the least helpful set of TOEFL prep questions. And—since it’s just a PDF—you won’t get the same experience as if you were to use prep software or even an app.

Included in iBT Test Questions, you’ll find you’ll find:

  • One Reading task (⅓ of a section)
  • Three Listening tasks (½ of a section)
  • Six Speaking tasks (one whole section)
  • Two Writing tasks (one whole section)

That gives you one of every type of question that’s on the TOEFL, although it’s not a very test-like experience. If you want to mimic a real practice test for free, try the Magoosh TOEFL sample test listed above instead.

ETS Quick Prep: The Big, Free Official TOEFL Sample Test

There are four more PDFs similar to the “Test Questions” set that ETS calls “TOEFL Quick Prep.” But this time, there’s audio! Well, there is audio for two of the PDFs. Each of the four PDFs is almost perfectly a half of a test:

  • One Reading task (⅓)
  • Three Listening tasks (½)
  • Three Speaking tasks (½)
  • One Writing task (½)
  • BONUS: Magoosh has created additional unofficial audio for TOEFL Quick Prep Volume 1 and TOEFL Quick Prep Volume 2. This audio covers all of the lectures in the first two PDFs.

If you do volumes three and four, which both have audio, you almost do a full practice test, minus one Reading task. You can add in a Reading task from either volume one or two and get a full-length test. But there is still one big difference between Quick Prep and a real TOEFL practice test: there is no software to show you the real look and feel of the test. That means you don’t have a timer for any of the TOEFL section. And in Listening, you are also able to look at questions during a lecture (not possible on the real TOEFL). Don’t get me wrong—Quick Prep is very useful. But with these questions, you simply don’t have the same experience and feeling that you’d have on a full TOEFL exam.

So if you’re new to the TOEFL, don’t start with Quick Prep. Instead, start with a shorter practice test from the Interactive Sampler so that you can get a feel for the software and do some light warmup practice. Then, if you want to try a full, four-hour test, you can combine the Quick Prep material to create one. (Again, keep in mind the differences between Quick Prep and real TOEFL software, of course!)

The Official TOEFL Online Course

ETS sponsors a free official online TOEFL prep class that comes with an almost complete set of practice TOEFL questions. The course, TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider’s Guide, is hosted on the EdX website.

There are a few disadvantages to the test materials in this course. The most obvious downside is that you have to register for the class, wait for the class’s start date, and follow a course schedule. After the class starts, the practice materials aren’t released all at once. You get your Reading section in week 2, Listening in week 3, speaking in week 4, and Writing in week 5. The class is offered several times a year, but the timing may or may not fit with your TOEFL prep.

You also don’t get any test-like software through the EdX program, although the course does include videos that give you a look at real TOEFL software.

Still, this is a very good official practice test in many ways. You get complete sections for Reading, Speaking and Listening. You do only get half of a TOEFL Listening section. But there is one of each of the three kinds of TOEFL Listening audio tracks (conversation, lecture, and class discussion). So you get a real feel for TOEFL Listening, even without the complete set of 6 tracks. Another advantage to this free, almost-full TOEFL test is that it’s taken from TOEFL Practice Online (TPO). Normally, TPO is quite expensive! (See our entry on TPO later in this article.)

Paid Practice Tests

If you are able to spend a little money on TOEFL resources, then your first stop should be Magoosh. After that, if you’re looking for more resources, we recommend trying the ones listed below:

The Official Guide to the TOEFL

Although it may lack skill-building materials and the amount of practice materials it contains, ETS’s Official Guide to the TOEFL is the most accurate guidebook out there. After all, it’s written by the same company that makes the test!

The book includes three full-length tests and a CD of test software, so you can take the tests authentically. The first test is a little older, and isn’t a perfect representation of the current TOEFL iBT. Still, only small details are different; the first test is still extremely similar, and is good practice. The second and third tests are almost exactly the same as current iBT tests. The software is also very similar to what you will see on test day. 

Official TOEFL iBT Test (Volumes 1 & 2)

The tests in the Official Guide aren’t the only ones available for cheap. There are five more full-length TOEFL tests in a two-volume set called Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

There is one small disadvantage to these tests: if you buy the 1st edition of Official TOEFL iBT Tests Vol. 1, the exams are only on paper, with CD audio tracks; you don’t get computer software. Similar to Quick Prep, you can’t get a perfect practice test experience from this older edition of Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

However, the 2nd edition of Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 1 comes with a CD that’s very similar to the CD for the Official Guide. It has the five practice tests from this book, all on the same software as the Official Guide. And again, that software is good, but not perfect. Volume 2 is pretty much the same as volume 1 (2nd ed.) in structure and design, but the questions are different. Since the questions in this second volume are newly released, they’re more similar in content to the current TOEFL itself.

TOEFL Practice Online (TPO) Test

Every year, ETS sells a new set of past TOEFL tests online. These tests are called the TOEFL Practice Online (TPO) tests. Each TPO test is basically a full-length TOEFL on your home computer (Windows only). They’re the best practice tests you can buy, and they give you a score, unlike many of the options above. But there are very big downsides: 

  • They’re $45 each. You can buy both volumes of Official TOEFL iBT Tests, getting TEN full tests instead of one for a similar price.
  • You can’t take them twice. After you finish a test, it’s done.
  • Despite the price, Speaking and Writing are only computer-graded. The Speaking grader is terrible, and the scoring software for Writing could be far better. You cannot trust its score.

I don’t recommend taking a TPO unless all of these are true of you, personally:

  • You have never taken the real TOEFL before (with official scores) or a TPO before.
  • You have enough money that the price is comfortable for you.
  • You become very stressed during tests like the TOEFL, and it usually hurts your score.

In other words, the TPO tests can give you practice with test anxiety, because it’s very similar to the real test. But for the most part, they’re not worthwhile because the tests in ETS books are better priced.

That’s All!

We hope that you find all of these TOEFL resources helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions as you work through the Magoosh sample test. And remember: if you sign up for Magoosh TOEFL, you will have access to email support from our team!

Happy Studying!

 
This post was updated on 5/2/2017, with help and information from David Recine, Lucas Fink, and Rita Neumann.

 

33 Responses to TOEFL Practice Test: A TOEFL Sample Test from Magoosh

  1. lilia November 18, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    I am interested about toefel

  2. Ephrem Tesfaye Desta November 19, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    Dear all:

    I am from Ethiopia.
    I have been in field work spending night in looking at stars through telescopes for astronomical site testing . I am not well prepared for my toefl-ibt exam. But the material from magoosh I found it very important. I am in last minute to take the exam!!
    Thank you for you guidance and support.

    Ephrem.

    • Doniyor November 27, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

      Hello Ephrem Tesfaye Desta, i hope you did well on TOEFL. Have gotten the results yet? what happened? Can you share any experience or feelings you got during the exam? I am so curious about the process. Thank you

  3. mwayi kalonga November 22, 2015 at 3:27 am #

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  4. muluken November 22, 2015 at 11:05 am #

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    • maqsood ur rahim November 13, 2016 at 9:22 am #

      I am Maqsood I live in Pakistan and my qualification mba marketing.

  5. gebremedhin November 23, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    I am applying different scholarship university for master degrees that all have the requirement to submit TOEFL test,there fore this could help me and guides me how to handle,and coupe up with my English knowledge at all.

  6. Ada November 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    It’s very helpful article, the TOEFL is not only test the silk of English but also time management.

  7. Abhishek Dhungel December 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    Hi. I have heard so much about magoosh. I would love you to help me with the preparation of TOEFL.

  8. fatmawati December 27, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    thank you

  9. Nini January 11, 2016 at 3:34 am #

    Hi, I would love to practice more speaking and listening skills. I love Magoosh, It really helps. Frankly speaking, yesterday it helped me more than my professor 🙂

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri January 11, 2016 at 11:25 am #

      Glad we could help. 🙂 Happy studying, Nini!

    • Ahmed May 28, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      you should try listenning to 6 minutes english by BBC, it really helps with pronunciation and they usually speak clearly about familiar topics.

  10. subash kandel April 4, 2016 at 4:49 am #

    Hi ,
    I’m from nepal
    how can I improved my english speaking in TOEFL-IBT examination?
    plz help me with supporting gudelinens..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      Well, a lot of that depends on your personal strengths and weaknesses. One general piece of advice I can give is this: Remember that the structure of your response– in terms of organization, details, supporting ideas, and so on— is as important as more general aspects of English speech such as pronunciation, intonation, and grammar. True TOEFL Speaking success comes when you can perform well in every aspect of speaking that you see in the official TOEFL score guides.

    • Ishu sherpa October 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

      how was your toefl exam?

  11. Ishu sherpa October 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

    Is it possible to prepare TOEFLin just 4 days??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 11, 2016 at 4:12 am #

      Hi Ishu,

      If you’re already highly confident in English and just need to learn the TOEFL test style and expectations, yes! Focus on learning what the TOEFL will ask of you and how it will ask–these hurdles are not hard to overcome quickly. There won’t be time to learn new reading strategies or master spoken English, but you can come up with a plan of attack for the test day, including learning some general answer styles for writing and speaking. Good luck! 🙂

  12. İbrahim Hakkı March 20, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    actually ı wanna correct a statement about the official practice test.It does exist ! I hope you ll be more honest in the future.

    https://toeflpractice.ets.org/

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

      Hi Ibrahim,

      I believe there may be a slight misunderstanding here. Please note that this blog post is discussing the lack of a free official TOEFL practice test (unlike it’s GRE counterpart who does have free content). Please note that we are not claiming that there is no official content. However, as you can see in the link you’ve provided, each mock exam costs $45.95. Sorry for any confusion–I hope this clarification helps! 🙂

  13. Bona April 9, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    HELLO ! If you are not sure about an answer , is better to not answer ( are there penalties?) or to just give it your best shot? Thank you !

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

      Hi Bona,

      For the TOEFL, there is no penalty for guessing, so it’s better to give it a shot. Please check out this blog post for reference! I hope this helps! 🙂

  14. Linda April 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Sorry to bother you with an other question 🙂 . During the integrated speaking session , questions 3and 4, will I be able to see the reading passage during the time that I’m speaking , or I read it once during the time frame they give you and I need to take notes ? Also during the integrated essay writing, I will be able to see the passage only in the 3 min frame , or I can go back and see it if I need too ? Thank you !

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 23, 2017 at 12:59 am #

      Great question, Linda. For Integrated Speaking, you only get to see the passage once, before you listen to the audio and give your response.But in Integrated Writing, the passage is presented to you before the lecture, but then appears back on screen again after the lecture is over. So in Writing Task 1, you’ll be able to look at the passage while you write your essay.

      • Linda April 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

        Thank you ! Very useful to know it before the test ! Thanks for your time and your answer 🙂

  15. Linda April 23, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    Thank you ! And the questions continue 😂. Will I be able to stop the timer after each speaking task ( to clear my head and catch my breath ) ? Same question for the Listening , will I be able to stop the timer after the recording then start it to answer the questions ? Or stop the timer after each listening task ( or the whole listening goes as a time block ?) ? Thank you ! Appreciate your clear and quick answers so far 😊

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 24, 2017 at 2:44 am #

      Hi Linda,

      Unfortunately you have no control over the timer, so you have to be calm and ready to tackle the test as it comes. You can do it, though! 🙂

      • Linda April 24, 2017 at 4:05 am #

        Good to know ! Thank you! Appreciate it !

        • linda May 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

          thank you ! thank you! I did it !

  16. Bona April 26, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    Hello ! Do we need to give a title , a head , or something on the independent essay , or start straight with the introduction ? Thank you for your help.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 27, 2017 at 6:59 am #

      There is no need to worry about a title or a heading; you can just dive right in. 🙂

      • bona May 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

        Thank you ! I got the results back ! I did great! thank you for your help . I will highly recommend your page ( Magoosh.com) mto anyone who is thinking about taking the test 🙂

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

          Hi Bona,

          Congrats! That’s great to hear, and thank you for sharing! Time for some celebration 😀

          Best of luck on your applications! 🙂


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