Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Test Preparation involves studying for and taking the test. This is the first step to learning the English language and improving your marketability. You must be able to read, speak and write well. Taking a TOEFL test is not easy, and it can be an intimidating task. Aside from taking practice tests, you must also take the speaking and writing sections. By understanding the different parts of the test, you will be able to answer the questions more effectively.
Taking TOEFL practice tests is an excellent way to improve your score. Practice tests are essential in getting a feel for the TOEFL test format and the testing environment. You should spend as much time speaking English as possible and immersing yourself in the culture. Make sure you’re practicing note-taking as well. It is vital to have an uncluttered mind before taking the test. Most students get stressed the day before, so it’s imperative to relax and clear your mind.
The reading section consists of 3-5 long passages and questions about the passages. Students answer questions about main ideas, details, inferences, sentence re-statements, sentence insertion, vocabulary, function and overall ideas. New types of questions in the iBT require paraphrasing, filling out the tables, or completing summaries. Generally, prior knowledge of the subject under discussion is not necessary to come to the correct answer, though a prior knowledge may help.
It consists of six long passages and questions about the passages. The passages consist of two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussions. The questions ask the students to determine the main ideas, details, function, stance, inferences, and overall organization.
It consists of six tasks, two independent tasks and four integrated tasks. In the two independent tasks, students must answer opinion questions about some aspects of academic life. In two integrated reading, listening, and speaking tasks, the student must listen to passages and then Summarize and offer opinions on the information in the passages. Test takers are expected to convey information, explain ideas, and defend opinions clearly, coherently, and accurately.
The writing section consists of two tasks, one integrated task and one independent task. In the integrated task, students write an essay on what they read and listen too. In the independent task, students must write an essay.
Tofel iBT Structure:
4-6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; each 3-5 min long; 6 questions each 2-3 conversations; each 3 min long; 5 questions each.
|Reading||3-5 passages from academic texts; Approximately 700 words long; 12-14 questions per passage.||60-100 minutes|
|Speaking||2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to||20 minutes|
|Writing||1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic||50 minutes|
Test Fee: Current TOEFL fee is USD 165. (This rate is subject to change without notice.) A TOEFL result is valid for two years.