TOEFL – How to Plan, Prepare and ExcelIf you are planning to apply for a student seat in any of the English speaking countries across the globe, TOEFL would play an important role. The test is for all those aspiring students or workers who wish to move into foreign countries for further studies or work opportunities. A good score in TOEFL could help a candidate win more points at the time of visa processing or add up to the total score while seeking admission in any of the top universities.
The test identifies the match between reading, speaking, analyzing and writing capabilities of the candidate. More than 130 countries including USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia etc. and over 9000 colleges, universities and educational institutes accept TOEFL scores to admit students in different courses.
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a gauging tool to evaluate the candidate’s capability of understanding and use of English as a medium of communication. TOEFL score are accepted worldwide, especially in countries where English is the first language.
TOEFL exam is conducted at different centers across the world and has more than 50 examination dates. A candidate could appear for the test as many times as they wish for but minimum of 12 days difference is required between the two attempts.
The test fees could vary between USD 160 to USD 250 depending upon the country the candidate belongs to. Candidates should refer to official website to confirm the exam schedules, fee schedule and any other details.
The exam is divided into four sections- Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Each section has set number of questions and time allocated to it. Below mentioned are the section wise details, how the paper would look like:
|Section||Time (in Minutes)||Number of Question||Action Required|
|Reading||60-80||36-56||Read, comprehend and answer the asked question|
|Listening||60-90||34-51||Listen to audio, understand to answer questions|
|Speaking||20||6 activities||Talk on a topic assigned or something from reading and writing section|
|Writing||50||2 activities||Write and support an idea or any topic from reading or listening section|
How to Prepare
With the increase in number of aspirants applying for TOEFL exams there has been a flood of coaching or preparatory institutes in the market. Technological innovations have made it easy for the candidates to prepare for these exams from the comfort of their homes. While you are making your mind to apply for TOEFL exam, it is also time to start hunting for a proper coaching institute.
If the candidate is interested in taking online coaching there are many websites like- Test den, bulls eye, ets, jamboree, Magoosh etc. These websites provide wide range of study material to study from and also a number of question papers to practice with.
The registered students would also get the option to chat live with experts to seek guidance and help. Most of online coaching website would charge a very nominal fee from the candidates to provide preparation material and support.
If you are not comfortable with online coaching, you can also register with a coaching or preparatory institute. Just to name a few of them- Jamboree, bulls eye, Time 4 Education etc. Candidates could also search for the best coaching institutes in their locality.
The candidates could also refer to the books published by different writers on TOEFL preparation. Just to name a few of the books:
• Barron’s TOEFL iBT with Audio CDs and CD-ROM
• Speaking and Writing Strategies for TOEFL iBT (Book & Audio CD)
• Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL (Book, CD-ROM, Audio)
• Kaplan TOEFL iBT Premier
• McGraw Hill’s 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL
The candidate could attempt any of the free online exams to check their performance and then decide on the coaching method (Centre, Online or book).