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Monday, April 14, 2014

TOEFL Review Tips for the Speaking Exam

One of the very popular English skill tests in the country today is the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language. When we say English test, people will think of the usual reading comprehension with multiple choice options as its question type. Though the TOEFL has multiple-choice type of question, it is not a test that Filipinos should not take so easy. 

The TOEFL examination uses an academic setting in its question. When we say academic setting, it means that most questions are derived from subjects in the academe like architecture, science and technology, sociology, music and the arts, psychology and history to name a few. Familiarity with these subjects in school is a great advantage. Hence, people who take the TOEFL review on common topics of the mentioned subjects earlier. 

Compared to other speaker sections of an English language test, the TOEFL speaking questions are recorded. No native English speaker is around to cause intimidation and anxiety. All the candidate needs to do is to read the task flashed on the screen and follow the indicated instructions. For Filipinos, it is typical to for some that they target a score of 26 in their application. However, some are not successful in getting this score. Here are some review tips that can help any Filipino get a score of 26 and even better in the TOEFL speaking examination. 

1. Independent Tasks

  • Give at least two points to support your idea in the question. Think of points that you can easily explain and find reasons to back them up. 
  • In making your responses stronger, provide examples. Examples can be something you have experienced or something that you can just make up in your mind. It does not have to be real; however, make sure that what you are making up is possible to happen. 
  • State your ideas clearly. Do not be too specific or too broad with your main idea. 

2. Integrated Tasks

  • Take note on the reading’s main idea and supporting reasons. Do the same in the lecture. These things are important elements in your response. 
  • When you write your notes, have them in phrases or words. Writing the exact sentence can take up so much time. 
  • Do not ever include your opinion in your response. The integrated tasks evaluate how well one can integrate ideas in a reading and a lecture. Having your own opinion can cause low score. 

3. General Tips
  • Use your preparation time wisely. 
  • Speak on the microphone clearly. Do not try to speak fast because of the time limit. Speak with ease and comfort. 
  • Use a variety of vocabulary. Do not repeat the same word thrice. Think of other ways in expressing your idea by using idioms or word expressions.
  • Keep calm and focus. 
The speaking test should not be stressful but an enjoyable part of the test. These tips are effective and proven helpful in getting a good score in the TOEFL speaking test.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TOEFL Test Centers and Training Courses in the Philippines

Thinking of registering for an English proficiency examination? Why don’t you take the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language?

The TOEFL test has been of the most taken English proficiency examinations in the country today. Both working professionals and students choose the TOEFL as it is accepted in most universities and companies all over the world. There are a lot of TOEFL Test Centers in the country today. These test centers are authorized by ETS or Educational Testing Service. Here are some known TOEFL test centers in cities here in the Philippines. Check the lists online once you register in

Angeles City: American English Learning Center

Bacolod City: Star of Asia

Baguio City: EPro Training Center

Cebu City: Cebu International Stc.

Davao City: Seattle Language Center, inc.

Makati City: Hopkins International Partners, Inc.

Pasig City: Wawatell Inc., Pauldream Language Center, I Can Language Center, Inc. The Forum Institute for International Studies

Laguna: International Review and Integrated Studies Inc.

Most candidates take TOEFL training courses in different review centers. Are these training courses effective?

Training courses are important in preparing for the TOEFL examination. First of all, training courses have scheduled classes that is planned and organized. Coaches in TOEFL review centers make sure that they will not proceed to the next lesson unless everyone understands the discussion. Compare it with studying alone, you bury yourself studying the books without proper explanation on the topics. Unlike in TOEFL review centers, mentors are there to teach strategies and make studying fun and interesting.

Additionally, TOEFL review classes not only teach the concepts of the test but also the techniques in answering questions. Candidates will be taught on how to answer certain type of questions, make appropriate responses in speaking exercises and write effective essays.

Furthermore, in TOEFL review classes, students are given the opportunity to take mock exams. Mock exams are like simulation tests. Mock tests also serve as a student’s evaluation on what he or she has learned for the week. Taking mock exams gives the student or the candidate the opportunity to know how the TOEFL test looks like.

Because of the increasing number of training courses offered in the country, it is best to compare these before deciding on one. Compare prices, the quality of teachers and the program they are offering. Make sure that it fits your needs and is reasonable for the price you are paying.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tips for Excelling in the TOEFL Essay

Essay writing challenges an individual’s ability to develop his or her ideas in written text. Some find this task difficult as grammar and vocabulary is involved while some find this simple as it is easy for them to put their ideas into words. Whether you find writing easy or not, creating an essay for an English proficiency examination test like the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language needs skills and strategies to get a good perfect score of 30. Here are some tips to have your essays perfect and worth reading.

1. Make sure that you have all the parts of the essay.

A good essay has an appealing introduction to its readers. Write something that will catch their attention. Provide a strong body by citing examples and details that will hold your readers’ interest. Close your essay with a conclusion leaving a suggestion, a comment or something to ponder on for the readers.

2. Effective use of transitional words

Transition words are guides of the reader in your essay. This will signal them that you are adding an idea or showing a different viewpoint. Effective use of such will make your essay intelligent.

3. Be sure to understand the question.

The effectiveness of your essay relies on how much you understand the task given to you. Make sure that you have a full understanding of the question. Remember that there are different task types in the independent writing. Do what the tasks ask you to do.

4. Be straightforward.

The content is much more important that showing off your creative writing skills. Express your ideas in simple yet strongly constructed sentences. The writing is a showcase of your understanding not of your creative skills.

5. Always begin with a sentence with a clear subject.

Avoid starting a sentence with AND or BUT. Use transition words like “additionally” or “however” instead or better yet connect the sentences you are making.

6. Clear topic sentences

Topic sentences should not be too broad or too specific. It has got to be something that you can still explain further by providing good details and examples in your body.

7. Learn to play with words

Do not repeat the same words in a sentence. Learn its synonyms or use expressions that have similar meanings to it. Show off your vocabulary skills well.

8. Punctuation matters

Do not forget to check your usage in punctuation marks. Review on the usages of commas, colons, semi-colons, periods and the like.

9. Grammar

As much as possible, use the active voice of the verbs in your writing. In addition, double check on the tenses of the verbs you are using. Be consistent.

10. Practice

Practice writing essays and have someone check it. It is best to have training in TOEFL review centers for coaches provide feedbacks and comments on things you should avoid and you should develop.

Essay writing is not difficult when you have a clear understanding of the task and a detailed outline for your answer. TOEFL Writing is easy so start practicing your writing skills today.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 TOEFL iBT Test Dates in the Philippines

Are you planning to take the TOEFL iBT or the Test of English as a Foreign Language? Every candidate of the TOEFL test does their preparation by completing their requirements for the examination. Registering for the TOEFL is very easy. 

All you have to is visit their website at You have to make your own account in their website. Provide your details like name, address, and other personal information. You will also be asked for an Identification Card number. For Filipinos, it is best to use your passport number. If you do not have a passport yet, any government issued ID is accepted. Once the registration form is filled, you will be asked for the test date and the test location of your examination. For easier viewing, here is the list of the test dates and test locations of the TOEFL here in the Philippines.

Angeles City
February 22
March 01, 02, 15, 16, 22,  and 23
April 12, 29, and 27
May 11 and 17
Bacolod City
February 22
March 15 and 22
Baguio City
February 22
March 01, 01, 15, 16, 22, and 23
April 12, 19, and 27
Cebu City
February 15 and 22
March 01, 02, 15, 16, 22, and 23
April 12 and 27
May 11 and 24
Davao City
February 22
March 01, 02, 15, 16, 22 and 23
April 12, 19, and 27
Makati City
February 15
March 01, 02, 15, 16, 22, and 23
April 12 and 27
May 11 and 24
Pasig City
February 22
March 01, 02, 15, 16, 22 and 23
April 12, 19, and 27
May 11 and 17
Quezon City
February 22
March 01, 02, 15, 16, 22, and 23
April 12, 19, and 27
Sta. Rosa, Laguna
February 22
March 01, 02, 15, 16, 22, and 23
April 12, 19, and 27

Once you have already decided when to take the examination, it is best to start reviewing for the examination. The TOEFLtest uses academic English so it is best to do some reviews on academic subjects like the sciences, history, architecture and even music. Its scope is varied; hence, practice reading various academic subjects. Being in TOEFL review centers can help candidates by providing academic lectures and mock exams. Through this, the candidates will be exposed on how the real test is like. If you are planning to take the TOEFL, give yourself about two to three months to review. This amount of time is enough to build and develop skills for the test. 


Monday, January 20, 2014

TOEFL Exam and English Proficiency Program in the Philippines

Being proficient in the English language has positive effects on one's career and education. When we talk about careers, it is easier for people who are good at using English to find jobs overseas where English is commonly spoken. It is known to many that greater and bigger job opportunities await those working professionals who can use the mentioned language very well. For education, having a good background in the English language opens door of opportunities in getting into good universities and colleges overseas. As English has become the language most spoken by different individuals from different countries, it is best to be competent by taking an English proficiency examination.

The TOEFL of the Test of English as a Foreign Language is one of the best English proficiency exams we have in the Philippines today. Delivered by Prometric, the TOEFL test is a computer-based examination. The exam gauges the ability of an individual to understand the usage of English in its four language skills – reading, listening, speaking and writing. Through these sections, the candidate will be evaluated and given a score that ranges from 0 as the lowest and 120 as the highest.

Is it advisable for TOEFL test takers to take any English reviews or English Proficiency Programs prior to the exam?

Yes. The TOEFL test uses academic subjects in the exam. This means that there are a variety of topics to be used from different academic subjects. For starters, in the reading section, topics like science and technology, history, sociology and even psychology are commonly used. Having review classes on these academic subjects will help the candidate understand concepts and even particular vocabulary in these fields of study. Another thing is that English proficiency programs teach different strategies to be used during the exam. For example, we have note-taking for the listening and speaking sections. Moreover, coaches in review centers also teach candidates grammar and essay writing techniques for the writing section. Hence, the training one can get in an English proficiency program is the best and is worth the time and money.

If you are looking for the right review center for you, start by comparing the course programs these review centers offer. Make sure the time is flexible and can be managed by you, as their client. In addition, take note on the prices. Compare and go for the one which is reasonable with the most effective course program for you.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

TOEFL Exam in Cebu, Philippines

In the past, taking English proficiency exams like the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language was difficult and a bit expensive. For test takers in the provinces, it was difficult for the test center for the said examination was only located in Manila and expensive not only for the test fee but also for the extra expenses like the fair going to Manila. It was a hassle to anyone who wanted to take the TOEFL test. However, today, TOEFL test centers are found in major cities in the Philippines like Davao and Cebu City.

Cebu is a city in boom. Cebu city is known for its breathtaking nature wonders – pristine islands and beaches. Furthermore, it is also home for a number of BPO (business process outsourcing) companies. Indeed, Cebu is moving towards to be one of the IT centers in the Philippines, yet preserving its natural resources. As the number of working professionals increases in the city, the number of people looking for TOEFL reviews in the city has been increasing in the past few years too. Why do they need the TOEFL?

These individuals who are in need for TOEFL review not only are working professionals but also students who are dreaming to be educated in a prestigious university or college abroad. TOEFL has been a requirement for employment in companies and acceptance for universities. Each company and university has their own standard scores that candidates need to attain before continuing their application. Where can these individual take TOEFL courses and exam in Cebu?

For Cebu residents, the TOEFL test center is in Centro Maximo Building, D. Jakosalem Street, Cebu City.

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The following are the dates for the TOEFL exam:

Jan 12 and 18, 2014; Feb 15 and Feb 22, 2014; Mar 01, 02, 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2014

To help prepare for the TOEFL exam, candidates are encouraged to study and train in TOEFL review centers found in the city. Here are some review centers in Cebu candidates can enrol:

1. JRooz Review Center

2. California English Language Center

3. Les Language Training And Business Center

If you are wondering about the exam fee, candidates need to pay about $195 or about PhP 8700. The cost of studying in a review center varies so it is best to compare prices first before enrolling in one. It could be a little pricey but the training the candidate can get is helpful in understanding the concepts and the strategies needed to have a good score in the TOEFL examination.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

TOEFL Speaking Tasks and Questions 2013

There are a lot of Filipinos taking the TOEFL or the Test of English as Foreign Language who are apprehensive with the TOEFL speaking section. Candidates who take the TOEFL speaking exam has a target score that they need to achieve before they can process their applications overseas. Once they fail to get this, they need to take it again. Yes, it can be a waste of time and money once you are not prepared enough to take the TOEFL speaking examination. Hence, for first time takers, here is some information on the TOEFL speaking tasks and their sample questions that were used in 2013.

First and foremost, the TOEFL speaking test has six different questions which are divided into two different tasks – the independent and the integrated tasks. The test is recorded and runs for about an hour to be completed.

The first and second tasks of the TOEFL speaking test are an independent task. This task will measure the ability of the candidate to speak about a familiar topic.
If your friend were having difficulty deciding his or her major, what advice would you give him or her and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
  • List one recommendation for the school you have recently attended.
  • Do you think bicycle will still be widely used in the future or replaced by other means of transportation?
  • Some students prefer to study at home; others prefer to study in the library. Which do you think is best and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

The third task of the TOEFL speaking is a reading and conversation task. This integrated task asks the candidate to integrate the essential details in the conversation to the reading passage.
  • Ways of advertising the school art show
  • The man expresses his opinion of the university’s plan to add evening computer classes in the fall. State his opinion and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.

The fourth task asks the candidate will read an academic topic followed by a short lecture regarding the topic. The task is to incorporate the information in the reading with the lecture. Sample questions are as follows:
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Communication: Explain verbal and non-verbal communication by using the examples provided by the professor.  
  • Classroom Strategies on Student Attention: Using the main point and examples from the lecture, describe some classroom strategies on how to keep students attentive.

The fifth task is a conversation where the candidate needs to decide on which option is best for the speaker. He or she needs to provide reasons for this choice. Here are some examples:

  • Class Trouble: Describe the man’s problem and the two suggestions the woman makes about how he could deal with it. What do you think the man should do and why?
  • Time Management: Schedule conflict between the literature class and the basketball training.
The last task is a lecture where the candidate needs to summarize the information from the listening passage. 
Examples are as follows:
  • Using the main point and examples from the lecture, explain two self-protection techniques plants use by attracting predators of herbivores.
  • Using the points and examples given by the professor, explain two types of visual elements that artists use to express meaning or emotion.

These questions are very essential in honing the skills needed for the TOEFL exam. For more information on questions used in the TOEFL speaking, visit the nearest TOEFL review center nearest in your area.

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