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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Failed TOEFL?

The worst feeling after taking an examination is the realization that you did not do well on it. There is a feeling of regret to any examinees telling themselves that they could have done better on the exam. In taking the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language, preparation for the exam is highly recommended. It needs time and a lot of patience to learn the skills for the TOEFL. Hence, failing the examination can mean a number of reasons and factors. What exactly are the reasons why you failed the TOEFL?

1. Poor English skills


English is a subject taught in school here in the Philippines. Most people have a good background in the language because of this. However, some are still having a hard time using the English language, and with TOEFL a good background in the language is much needed.

2. Unintelligible communication skills

The speaking section of the TOEFL evaluates your ability to speak English fluently. Failure to express your ideas in a very unclear manner can have a huge impact on your score.

3. Poor writing skills
Essay writing is part of the examination. A strong knowledge on grammar and sentence construction is an advantage to get a high score. Essays should be comprehensible, have a good flow and grammatically correct.

4. Punctuation problems

As a result of poor punctuation usage, essays are filled with run-on sentences and fragments. These do not show a complete thought in your essay making it incomprehensible. The best thing to do is to review the essay and insert punctuations as commas and semi-colons where needed.

5. Familiarity with using the computer during the exam

Let us admit that not all of us are good at using the computer, most especially in encoding essays. Some are even careless in clicking buttons during the test. Candidates need to be familiar with using the computer since it is a computer-based examination.

6. Time management


Some candidates are not conscious about the amount of time they are spending in one question. They also take a lot of breaks during the exam. Remember that time is limited and you have to use it wisely.

7. Lack of willingness


Do you really want to take this exam or are you forced to take this? Whatever the reason is you have to be ready for the exam. Paying about $200 for the test fee is not cheap. Every candidate has a purpose in taking the exam; let yours be your motivation.

8. Apprehension

Do not tell yourself that you cannot get a good score in the TOEFL. Do not let your opinion about the test be clouded with confusion or influenced by what others say about the test.

9. Over-confidence

Being over confident about yourself can bring you down. In taking the TOEFL, preparation is needed. If you are confident that you are good at English, then you can take the TOEFL as long as you are familiar with the skills needed for the test.

10. Lack of preparation

Some people take it without any background about the exam or its sections. It is best for any candidate to undergo review classes for the TOEFL prior to taking the examination. Allow yourself to review for at least two to three months to better understand the TOEFL exam.

With the right amount of preparation, candidates for the TOEFL are sure to pass the exam. Avoid the reasons above in failing the test to be successful for the TOEFL.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

How tough TOEFL is?

There are a number of people who say that taking English proficiency tests is difficult and stressful – most especially the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Those who have already taken the TOEFL tests often say that the test is indeed hard but with preparation and practice, getting a good score will not be a problem. Most of them consider that taking the test would need a great deal of reading and skill building to be able to get their target scores. However, the question really is, how tough is the TOEFL?

 
To know how tough this test is should start in knowing what the test is all about. For starters, the TOEFL is a computer-based examination. This means that a candidate will be answering all tasks with the aid of a computer connected to the Internet. The test runs for about four and a half hours with a mandatory ten-minute break after the first two sections of the examination. The sections of the TOEFL tests are reading, listening, speaking and writing. What makes the TOEFL tough is the content of the examination.

Academic topics make the test challenging. Imagine answering different questions on different academic topics. Let us say you are given a reading passage about Roman architecture or a listening track about a professor discussing covalent bonds. Can you summarize a lecture of an academic topic within twenty seconds and give a response in just a matter of sixty seconds? Have you ever written essays that talk about education or social sciences? Indeed, the topics make everyone feel anxious in preparing for the examination. It is tough in the sense that nobody really has an idea of what subtopics on a particular field of study will be used in the examination. It is tough as one should learn skills on how to answer questions effectively and correctly.

To address the need to solve this problem, candidates often join TOEFL review classes to learn the fundamentals for the TOEFL examination. Like what is mentioned earlier, the key to a successful examination is being aware of the topics, practicing them on a regular basis and exposing yourself, the candidate, to many materials that will help get familiarize with the questions in the TOEFL test.

With TOEFL review centers, candidates will not have to cram for the examination. Schedules are given and mock tests are administered to monitor the progress of each student. TOEFL may be tough; however, with a tough training, getting the target score for the test is within reach.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Effective Tips on How to Learn the English Language Quickly from ETS Scholars

In 2015, the Educational Testing System or ETS has launched a scholarship program called "2014 Love Giving Scholarship (ETS TOEFL)" in Korea. The program aims to send 24 Korean undergraduate and graduate students to study in English speaking countries overseas. As part of a corporate responsibility, ETS has indeed created a program where non-native English speakers are given the opportunity to be exposed and educated in other universities overseas.

Just like Koreans, Filipinos are also non-native English speakers. However, English has been a medium for education and teaching in the Philippines; hence, Filipinos have a good command with the said language. Learning English is not easy. It takes time and most importantly, it needs dedication and perseverance. For these Korean scholars, English has been a challenge yet they have become successful in learning the language. Here are there tips on how to learn the English language.

1. Never neglect one section of the TOEFL test. The test has four sections: reading, listening, speaking and writing. Learning on how to effectively use each section is a great advantage. Further, one should have a good vocabulary bank in English.



2. Keeping a diary may seem childish, but it is of big help. Keeping records of what you feel, what you did on one particular day is a simple step in practicing your writing skill. It is believed that having a journal practices one in constructing sentences and developing ideas essential for essay writing.

3. Practice on pronunciation. Getting familiar with new words on how they are pronounced is a good start. One scholar claimed that video games have encouraged him to study pronunciation. He was very interested on the characters’ names, which was in English, that he started studying English phonetic symbols.

4. Memorizing words or vocabulary is also one way to learn English. Having at least 10 words a day to be memorized helps one to widen his or her vocabulary which is important in reading and writing.



5. Studying overseas is a crucial one. There will always be challenges in communicating with other people. Hence, they saw this as an opportunity to learn. Once overseas, you will need to communicate to other people as part of your daily routine. Taking part in different activities in school and making friends has been helpful in expressing oneself in the English language.

The English language is not something that you could finish in one night. It takes time and a great deal of exposure to be good at it. For people who are studying English, as early as today, begin exposing yourselves in situations where you can use English. The more you practice is a one-step closer to your dream of being a good English speaker.