LET’s GET READY FOR TOEFL (Part 1)
English as an international language is perceived to be one of the more important languages if not the most in the world to date. There are several reasons why many people aim to learn the language. One of which is to go to another country, whether it be for the purpose of vacation, looking for a new job, or simply enrolling in a college or university overseas.
In doing so, one’s readiness in immersing to another culture is of bigger challenge thus requiring not only physical and emotional preparedness but also deep understanding of ENGLISH communication skill.
The Global Standard for assessing English Proficiency may come in different levels, costs, and names. One of the more popular tests we have today is TOEFL which is accepted in more than 10,000 colleges, institutions, agencies in more than 130 countries around the world.
So, if you are planning to do that….come and let’s learn more about TOEFL.
What is TOEFL?
TOEFL is an acronym which stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is a trademark of Educational Testing Services (ETS). It measures one’s speaking, writing, reading and listening skills to perform academic tasks in English.
Considered as one of the highly respected English Proficiency tests, TOEFL is used to evaluate non- native speakers’ ability to demonstrate the English Language.
There are two formats for TOEFL. Most test takers take the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based test). Test Centers that do not have internet access, however offer PBT (Paper Based Test)
What is TOEFL iBT
Let’s discuss the internet based version of the test first.
The Reading section consists of questions on 3-5 passages, each approximately 700 words in length. The passages are on academic topics; they are the kind of material that might be found in an undergraduate university textbook. Passages require understanding of rhetorical functions such as cause-effect, compare-contrast and argumentation.
The Listening section consists of questions on six passages, each 3–5 minutes in length. These passages include two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussions. The conversations involve a student and either a professor or a campus service provider. The lectures are a self-contained portion of an academic lecture, which may involve student participation and does not assume specialized background knowledge in the subject area. Each conversation and lecture passage is heard only once. Test-takers may take notes while they listen and they may refer to their notes when they answer the questions. Each conversation is associated with five questions and each lecture with six.
The Speaking section consists of six tasks: two independent and four integrated. In the two independent tasks, test-takers answer opinion questions on familiar topics. They are evaluated on their ability to speak spontaneously and convey their ideas clearly and coherently. In two of the integrated tasks, test-takers read a short passage, listen to an academic course lecture or a conversation about campus life and answer a question by combining appropriate information from the text and the talk. In the two remaining integrated tasks, test-takers listen to an academic course lecture or a conversation about campus life and then respond to a question about what they heard.
The Writing section measures a test taker’s ability to write in an academic setting and consists of two tasks: one integrated and one independent. In the integrated task, test-takers read a passage on an academic topic and then listen to a speaker discuss it. The test-taker then writes a summary about the important points in the listening passage and explains how these relate to the key points of the reading passage. In the independent task, the test-taker must write an essay that states their opinion or choice, and then explain it, rather than simply listing personal preferences or choices. Responses are sent to the ETS OSN and evaluated by at least 3 different raters.
|Reading*||60-80 minutes||36-56 questions||Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.||0-30|
|Listening||60-90 minutes||34-51 questions||Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.||0-30|
|Break 10 minutes|
|Speaking||20 minutes||6 tasks||Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.||0-30|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks||Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.||0-30|
Each section of TOEFL has a max score of 30; the total maximum score is 120. Most universities require TOEFL score ranging from 80-100. Scores will be posted online within two weeks of the test date.
Looks complicated, right? .Don’t worry you are not alone, most people feel it is impossible to get a good score in TOEFL but trust me YOU can do it if you believe in yourself.
Well let me end this TOEFL Part 1 discussion with a saying, “Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds”.
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