Module 1 - Reading:
The reading section of the TOEFL exam measures the ability to read and understand passages in English. This is a critical skill, because students in American universities are expected to read (a lot!), And to understand, speak, write, paraphrase and summarize the ideas they have read.
The reading passages on the TOEFL iBT deal with subjects that students are usually studied in the first and second year college These include the natural sciences, social sciences, business and the arts. The language used in the reading passages is formal and academic.
However, you don't need any specific knowledge of the subject to do well in the reading section. Of course, if the subject is the economy, and there is a passage about the economy, then no doubt you will feel more comfortable, but do not need specific knowledge about the economy to respond to questions.
In fact, the test is testing your ability to read about the different types of subject areas and still get a basic understanding and intelligent than you have written.
The purpose of the passages may be to describe something, to make an argument, to provide historical information or to give a biography of someone's life.
Two possible versions
There are two possible versions of the TOEFL Reading Section:
- The short version
- The long version
The reason for this difference is that ETS - The makers of the TOEFL - Experiment with some passages of future tests and students are experimenting with. So it is.
That means you can get three passages to read your review, or might get five. Also, you do not know what steps will be judged and which are experimental, so you have to do all of them, so as you can.
So if you have the short form has three passages of 20 minutes each and 12-14 questions each. This means that this entire section would be 3 x 20 minutes or 60 minutes.
If you have the long form, you can get two additional passages, which would mean that this section shall be 100 minutes in total.