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3 or 4 passages excerpts of academic texts, each about 700 words long; 10 questions per passage.

  •  Number of questions: 30-40
  • Time Limit: 54 or 72 minutes
  • Score: 0 to 30



3 to 4 passages excerpts of academic lectures, 5-6 questions per passage.

  • Number of questions: 30-42
  • Time Limit: 41 or 57 minutes
  •  Score: 0 to 30




1 task asking for an opinion on familiar topics; 3 integrated speaking tasks based on reading and/or listening passages.

  •  Number of questions: 4
  •  Time Limit: 17 minutes
  •  Score: 0 to 30


One essay based on a reading and listening passage; Second task consists of an opinion essay regarding a specific topic.

  •  Number of questions: 2
  • Time Limit: 50 minutes
  • Score: 0 to 30

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“Decidí tomar el curso de GRE porque estoy preparando la solicitud a PhDs en EEUU, y el examen GRE es un requisito indispensable. Al ir un poco perdido, y al tener una meta muy elevada, decidí prepararlo con una academia. Desde el primer momento, Exam Prep Center de Barcelona me transmitió confianza, especialmente Jaclyn, mi profesora. Jaclyn no sólo es rigurosa y trabajadora sino que también es simpática y próxima. Como soy muy trabajador, buscaba un sitio que me permitiese focalizarme e implicarme de hoz a coz; gracias a la cantidad de material que se me proporcionó pude conseguirlo.Sin duda alguna, mi nivel de inglés dio un salto importante. Finalmente, logré mi objetivo y puntué 164 en el Verbal y 5 en el Writing (solicitaré el PhD en una materia de letras). En fin: altamente recomendable!”

Jacobo de Camps Mora

GRE Verbal - 164

“Without a doubt, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND EPIC Barcelona!! This is my second experience with EPIC and working with Jackie and I WAS SUCCESSFUL BOTH TIMES. I wanted to take the GRE to increase my chances of getting a scholarship and I knew I needed a teacher. Having previously worked with Jackie for the TOEFL (and scoring 118/120), I knew she would help me achieve my goal.

In my opinion, this kind of exams not only test your knowledge but also how you prepare specifically for the exam so it is very very important to work with someone who has experience with previous students and who is familiar with the test questions. This is why studying EPIC is so useful: by the end of our preparation, I felt I knew exactly what the test makers tried to test in every question. Moreover, we detected my weakness -which was English vocabulary and reasoning comprehension- and she provided me with tons of materials and the hardest (which is essential if you want score high). Finally, I was able to score 164 verbal and 166 math!! Without EPIC I certainly wouldn’t have been able to achieve such a high score.

Finally, it is very very important to know how to self-motivate because these exams can be overwhelming and it is very easy to get pessimistic… in this way, Jackie helped me a lot with her constant encouragement and optimism. So, overall, if you are thinking to get a teacher for the TOEFL or the GRE, do not hesitate! If you want to get a high score, you definitely need EPIC. Thank you so much Jackie and EPIC for all your help!!”

Olivia Prior

TOEFL - 118/120

“I started doing SAT prep classes with the Exam Prep Center in the summer before my last year of school (senior year). EPC helped me raise my score from an 1800 to a 2070 and get a perfect score in reading (800/800). This is an incredible feat and thanks to my score, I was able to gain entry with a scholarship to the University of Miami, which is ranked very high in the United States. I also got into University of California San Diego (ranked number 26 in the US) and other schools. This is no small feat and I was able to do this thanks to my very high score in the SAT.”

Gines Vivancos Duran

SAT - 800/800 Critical Reading

“Necesitaba una nota alta en el examen de TOEFL para convalidar alguna asignatura de la universidad. Por lo que pensé que me iría muy bien algo de ayuda en la preparación y encontré Exam Prep Center of Barcelona en Internet muy fácilmente. Había visitado algún otro sitio de preparación, otras academias, pero en este lugar desde el primer momento me atendieron de forma muy personal y sin tener dudas me decanté por ellos. Existen varias formas en las que te pueden ayudar a preparar tu examen, pero yo elegí entrar en un mini-group en el cual estábamos 4 personas con una profesora nativa. Este sistema me facilitó muchísimo el aprendizaje y refuerzo de mis puntos débiles. Sarah, la profesora, siempre fue muy atenta con todos y supo como enfocarnos los problemas para ayudarnos. Además nos orientó en el proceso de familiarización con el tipo de examen y contestó a todas nuestras dudas sobre cómo proceder con todo los papeleos para apuntarse al examen. Finalmente hice el examen y superé la nota que necesitaba. Doy las gracias a Sarah, a Jaclyn y a mis compañeros del mini-group por toda la ayuda que me brindaron. ¡Muchas gracias!”

Irene Juste Conde

TOEFL - 110/120

What is the TOEFL ibt?

What is the TOEFL ibt?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an online exam (administered both at test centers or at home while COVID-19 persists) that measures non-native speakers’ level of English at an academic level.

The TOEFL is the most widely recognized English Language exam at an international Level. It is accepted my over 11,000 universities and institutions in over 150 countries to assess a candidate’s overall English level.

What is on the TOEFL ibt exam?

The Total TOEFL Time of the TOEFL ibt exam is approximately 3 hours.

To prepare effectively for the TOEFL, it is critical to understand how the test is structured. The exam is broken down into 4 sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Here is the overall breakdown of the TOEFL exam:

Section Assignment Number of Questions Time Raw Points (per question) Scaled score
Reading 3 – 4 Passages (10 questions each) 30-40

54–72 minutes


1-4 30

2-3 Conversations (5 questions each)

3-4 Lectures (6 questions each)

28-39 41-57 minutes 1-2 30
BREAK     5-10 minutes    
Speaking 1 independent + 3 integrated 4 17 minutes 1-4 30
Writing 1 independent + 1 integrated 2 30 min + 20 mins 1-5 30
Total time/score    

Approx. 3 to 3.5 hours



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You are allowed to take notes on all 4 sections of the TOEFL exam. If you take the exam at a test center, you will be provided with 3 sheets of scratch paper and pencils.


TOEFL ibt Reading section

On the TOEFL Reading section you will have 3 or 4 passages, depending on exam day. If you have four reading passages, one will be an experimental passage; however, you never know which one of the four is the experimental passage. 

If you had 3 TOEFL reading passages you will have 54 minutes to answer 30 questions. If you have 4 TOEFL reading passages you will have 72 minutes to answer 40 questions. This means that you have an average of 1 minute and 48 seconds to answer each question. Keep this in mind while you are preparing.

The TOEFL reading passages are excerpts from textbooks and can be on a wide variety of subjects such as biology, mathematics, chemistry, and other many other university related subjects. Each reading passage is usually about 700-800 words in length.

You will have 54 or 72 minutes to do the COMPLETE reading section. Therefore, it is important that you manage your time so that you finish the TOEFL reading section within the time constraint.

To practice the TOEFL reading and learn about the different reading questions types click here and practice some of our TOEFL reading questions.


TOEFL Listening

Just like the reading section of the TOEFL test, the listening section also varies in the number of questions that you will have. On the listening section of the TOEFL exam you will listen to 5 to 7 classroom lectures. If you have 5 classroom lectures, you will have 41 minutes to answer 28 questions. If you have 7 classroom lectures, you will have 57 minutes to answer 39 questions. This means that you will have one minute and 27 seconds to answer each question.

For each lecture that you listen to it can vary in three to five minutes in length, followed by five to six questions. You only listen to each audio only one time, so be sure to be attentive and take good notes!

You can take notes while you are listening to the lectures and you do not see the questions until after you have listened to one of the lectures. 


After you complete the reading and listening sections, you will be given a 10-minute break. It is a good idea that you get up and stretch during the break. This will give you extra energy and allow you to go to the last two sections of the TOEFL exam (Speaking and Writing).


TOEFL Speaking

For the TOEFL speaking section you will have 4 different speaking tasks to do. Each task is different. The entire speaking section takes 17 minutes to complete. It is unique to other English exams in that you speak into a microphone and your responses are recorded.


TOEFL writing

The TOEFL writing section is the final section on the TOEFL exam. It consists of 2 different tasks. For the first writing, you will have to read an academic passage for 3 minutes and then listen to a classroom lecture related to the topic you just read about. You then will have 20 minutes to type your essay. The writing should have at least 150 words. However, at Total Test Time we highly recommend that you write 225 words or more to obtain a high TOEFL score.

You should type at least 300 words. However, at EPIC Barcelona we do recommend that you aim for 400 words or higher.

Prepare for the TOEFL Exam in Barcelona

As you may have gathered, the TOEFL ibt is no easy feat and, regardless of your English level, it is an exam worth preparing for.

Check out our courses or contact us if you have any further questions. 🙂 




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