Popular French actress Catherine Deneuve once famously said, “I learned English by going to America and marrying an Englishman who didn't speak French. That helped”. Until you have plans like Catherine to learn the English language, preparation for TOEFL is a better alternative.
Started in the year 1964, TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is a globally acclaimed and widely respected test recognized by over 10000 colleges in more than 130 countries. If you are planning to study abroad, specifically in a nation where English is a primary language of communication, TOEFL is the first step. If you wish to speak Na'vi and settle in Pandora, we don’t know how to guide you.
Reading section: 60-80 minutes | 36-56 questions
Listening section: 60-90 minutes | 34-51 questions
Short break: 10 minutes
Speaking section: 20 minutes | 6 tasks
Writing section: 50 minutes | 2 essays
The paper-based test: The paper-based test, on the other hand, looks like this:
Listening section: 30-40 minutes| 50 questions
Writing section: 25 minutes | 40 questions
Reading section: 55 minutes | 50 questions
TWE test: 30 minutes | write one essay
For students of India, Internet-based test (iBT) is the only option. iBT is conducted across the country in many centres. All this information is easily available on the official TOEFL website, however, since we are talking about its preparation, it is evident we shed some light on all its aspects. Some of the key things you should know about TOEFL if you are an Indian student planning to study abroad.
TOEFL fee: $ 180 or INR 11,708 approx (as on 02 April 2018)
Number of test centres in India: 45 (Find your centre here)
Test dates: 307 test dates for Indian students in 2018
Number of attempts: 1 every 12 days
Validity of TOEFL score: 2 years
Announcement of results: 15 days after taking the test
Preparation for TOEFL should ideally be spread into the sections of the format viz reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Prepare for every form of test separately and you stand a chance to fare better.
The reading test requires you to read passages and answer questions relevant to them. Non-technical English is used for all the reading section tests, therefore, keep in mind to steer clear off technical subjects during practice. The more you read, the more you will get in the comfort zone to write your test. Here are a few tips to follow:
The listening section tests your ability to comprehend conversations. You will come across monologue and dialogue and you are expected to decipher the context. Here are a few tips to follow:
This is where it gets a little nervous but if you are already using tools like Siri, Google Assitant or Cortana, this will feel like a cakewalk. Here, you are expected to converse with a computer and the level of communication is earmarked. Here are a few tips to follow:
The writing section requires you to write long-form essays. Here are a few tips to follow:
Apart from the above, there are a lot of other things you can do to prepare for TOEFL:
We hope this post helps you prepare for your TOEFL and you achieve great success in your education and career ahead. For more such information, you can register with us to get weekly email alerts on important blogs and scholarships. Till then, take the test.
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