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Thursday, February 27, 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.

Friday, February 21, 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.

Wednesday, February 5, 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.