TOEFL practice test

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

News: TOEFL Exam Suspended for Visa Applications in the UK

The UK government's Home Office is suspending the license of ETS for running English proficiency exams like the TOEFL and TOIEC after an alleged fraud incident reported by BBC.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Who are Taking the TOEFL Test?

I can speak English very well, but I am not that sure if it’s good enough for me to get by living in the US or any English-speaking country. Is there a way for me to check my English level? 

Some people are very interested in knowing the level of their English. There are some tests online that are for free that will give you some questions and after give you a score that will evaluate you on how good you are at English. Though this might help a little, the best way to know your English level is by taking an English fluency examination like the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Can anybody take the TOEFL? Of course! For Filipinos, it is actually a very good idea to take the TOEFL. However, many people take the TOEFL for a variety of reasons. First, we have students who are planning to study at a higher education institution. Simply say, these are people who are taking their graduate studies overseas. Some of these individuals prefer studying in an English-speaking country because their majors are not offered in their home country. Due to this, they need to pursue their studies by staying overseas to study.

Some non-native English speakers want to learn English in an English-speaking environment. With this in mind, they need to undergo training in a learning program. Most learning programs need a TOEFL score before admission. Another is that there are individuals who are applying for scholarships overseas. A main requirement for student visas is a good score in the TOEFL as well. In relation to this, working visas also need a TOEFL certification. That is the reason why most people who take the TOEFL are students and working professionals. However, there are some people who want to keep track of their progress in learning English. Taking the TOEFL will evaluate them how good and the level of their progress in their English training.

This means that you do not have to be a professional or a student to take the TOEFL. Anyone can take the TOEFL whether it is for visa or personal use. Whatever the reason this individual has in taking the TOEFL, preparation is the key to a successful TOEFL examination. With the right amount of training and classroom lectures from TOEFL review centers, one is able to get that target score in no time.

Any person can take the TOEFL. Learn how high your English level is by taking the TOEFL today.

Tuesday, April 15, 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.