The TOEFL exam is one of the most highly rated exams for students from non-English speaking countries. The exam not only tests one’s ability in understanding the English language, it is also the golden gate to some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S, U.K., Canada and Australia. With the huge wave of international students coming from every continent of the world, especially Asia, the TOEFL exam is seen as the bridge that brings a person a step closer to success.
Who should take it?
People who choose to take this exam are serious about their studies and have strong desire in studying abroad. Unlike other exams, taking the TOEFL requires several steps, and each step is vital to getting the most satisfactory result for the test taker. Here is the breakdown of what each person should look out for before taking the exam:
1. Make sure you are serious about this. Taking the TOEFL means you have to prepare for the exam for at least several weeks or even several months before stepping into the testing room. Click here for some practice questions.
2. Know the format. The TOEFL is a very extensive language test that examines every aspect of a person’s knowledge in English: listening, grammar structure, reading comprehension, and writing. The four parts will provide a full assessment of the test taker, and provide a more objective result.
3. Pace yourself. Like any other tests, in order to do well, you have to have good time management. Everyone might get stuck on a question here or there, but don’t get stuck on a question for more than a minute (usually you only have a minute to answer each question). It is better to skip and come back to it when you have completed everything else than to hold up the entire exam for one question.
4. Register beforehand. If you know the deadlines for the schools that you want to apply to, you should register for the exam in advance. It takes a few weeks to get the result, so it’s always better to plan ahead. Also, there is a fee for TOEFL, which ranges from $150 to $225 depending on which country you take it from. You can register here.
5. Have a good night rest. One of the things that most students fail to realize is that no matter how much you study the night before, it really won’t help all that much. Instead, it will only make you more stressed out, and it might even hinder your performance. What makes do well on the test is the accumulated effort that you’ve put into your study throughout the past. Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in one day.”
Doing well isn’t a miracle!
As intimidating as the TOEFL might sound, it really isn’t as bad as many people expected to be. It is only an assessment of your English proficiency, so if you’ve always done well in your English class, you’ll do just fine on the test. However, if you’ve never flipped through an English book, or expect some miracle to happen on the day of the test, then you need more than luck to excel on it. Even though a test can’t fully evaluate a person, but doing well on the TOEFL will give you the opportunity to travel abroad and experience the diverse universe that is beyond your spectrum!
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