SO YOU’RE PULLING YOUR HAIR OUT.
Is the TOEFL getting more difficult?
Probably. I call this phenomenon ‘prompt creep’. It’s the gradual addition of words to what should be a simple prompt.
TOEFL Resources has a great post on this – and some great free ideas about how to deal with it.
Some students (and teachers) have observed that the TOEFL seems to be getting harder these days. ETS officially denies this, but it is absolutely true that some questions in the speaking and writing section are different than they used to be. It is also true that most textbooks (including the “Official Guide”) do not mention these changes.