Introduction to the TOEFL®
TOEFL® is an abbreviation for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is a standardized test of proficiency in the English language for non-native speakers with an interest in studying in an English-speaking country. It is developed and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is one of the only two major English-language tests in the world over. On top of the test, the ETS TOEFL Program avails tools and guides for preparing for the test and generally improving one’s skills in the English language.
The TOEFL® iBT test is a measure of a candidate’s ability to use and understand the English language at the University level. It evaluates how proficiently one is able to combine their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills for the best performance in academic tasks. Candidates are evaluated on all four levels.
The reading section of the test consists of four to six passages on academic topics. They include the type of material that may be found in undergraduate-level textbooks, testing the students understanding. Listening section consists questions on six passages that include two student conversations and four academic lectures. The speaking section, on the other hand, includes six tasks of which two are independent where test takers answer opinion questions and four are integrated. The final section which is writing measures a candidate’s ability to put down ideas in an academic setting. It consists of two tasks, one integrated and the other independent.
The TOEFL® test has been taking by more than thirty million people from different parts of the world wishing to demonstrate their proficiency in English. On average, English skill levels ranges between intermediate and advanced. The test is taken by different people for varied reasons. The salient group is that of people who wish to join institutions of higher learning in English speaking countries. English-language learning program may use the test as an admission and exit criteria. Some groups also use the test as a basis for scholarship and certification. Learners of English-language may also use the test to measure their progress. The visa application process in some countries also requires people to undertake the language for them to be approved.
For those planning to take the tests, support may be obtained from the TOEFL iBT Resource Center. They may acquire general in-language information about the test and test preparation here. Apart from that there are centers which offer support for candidates. If you are an aspiring candidate, hit the register button on our homepage now and be armed for the tests as only we can. The advantage of our course is that it’s fully online and thus accessible from any part of the world. It is also perfect for practice as it contains numerous resources in the form of question banks for candidates to practice on before taking their tests. Proof of this program’s effectiveness can be found in the reviews section of our website where people who have taken the course post their testimonials.
The TOEFL test can be taken in numerous exam centers that can be found in different locations in the world. One may take the test as many times as they wish but only once in at least twelve days. The TOEFL results are accepted in more than 130 countries by over 9,000 colleges and institutions.
To prepare for the test, ETS have a variety of material for preparation, both free and paid. On top of that there are institutions that offer tuition on the same with preparation courses. We rank highly among them with a comprehensive learning and revision program. Students have come back to us with success stories to encourage others as you may notice in the review tab on our website. To us, preparation by practicing is not just a mantra.
The test doesn’t come free either. The charges do not however apply universally. Instead, the cost varies depending on the location. Such information, along with test dates and locations may be found on the ETS website.