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What one should know before taking the TOEFL Test?
Asked by: Ali
Answers: 2
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Posted on Wed, 11 Jun 2008 09:24:50 GMT
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I heard that high scores / good score in TOEFL is compulsory to be admitted in Universities and Academic Institutions of the highly developed countries where English is their language and where all courses are taught in English language. I am student from Bahrain trying to study abroad in USA or UK in near future. As English is not my native language, it is obivious that I'll need to give the TOEFL test. Can anybody give me information about TOEFL?

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. There are three test formats in TOEFL. They are Paper Based Test, Computer Based Test and Internet Based Test. Test takers can choose any of the format as per availability of the formats in their respective country. The latest format of the TOEFL test which is now most common is Internet Based TOEFL (iBT).

There are four sections in TOEFL. They are Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking sections. In order to get good score in TOEFL, you have to score good in each of these sections. The maximum score that the test taker can score is 120. Test taker can score from scale of 0 - 30 in each of the section and the total of all these section is total score in TOEFL.

The Reading and Listening test of iBT TOEFL last for 60-90 minutes. Writing test exactly lasts for 60 minutes and Speaking test lasts for 20 minutes.

If the test takers has to score good in TOEFL, mastery on Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking sections only may not be enough. One most have good skills on typing and note taking and also most have good knowledge regarding spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, etc.

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EduExpert answered 9 years and 9 months ago

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an English proficiency test for non-native speakers of English, which measures a personís ability to read, write, speak and understand English. Today more than 6,000 colleges, universities, and licensing agencies in 110 countries accept TOEFL scores as admission.
TOEFL Test Preparation
1. If you do not have a sound basic knowledge of English, it is best to take English language courses before taking a TOEFL preparation course. TOEFL exam preparation materials are designed to prepare you for the test. They are not designed to teach you English.

2. Begin your TOEFL studies as soon as you decide to take the exam. It will not be useful to try to learn everything the week before the exam date.
3. Study on a regular basis. Thoroughly learning a small amount of information daily is better than insufficiently or inaccurately learning a large amount of information at one sitting.

4. All English practice is helpful. Listening to a movie or radio program in English is good for building your listening comprehension skills. Systematically add new words to your vocabulary. Even though these activities are not directly related to the TOEFL test, they will help you.
5. Work carefully through the exercise in preparation for the TOEFL Test. It is better to concentrate the most effort on your weak areas.

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Chikanbarn answered 5 years and 4 months ago
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