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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Are you studying for TOEFL?

Anybody willing to go for a full time on –campus higher education abroad must be aware of the criteria in qualifying the admission, which also includes qualifying the TOEFL test. Designed to test the English language skills, this test is mandatory for gaining an admission in an U.S.A university along with other universities across the World. A rough estimate shows that around 6,000 colleges and universities worldwide recognize this test score for admission.

Now, before your mind is filled with thoughts of how to prepare for TOEFL, you need to understand what the test is all about.

Understanding TOEFL test

TOEFL stand as an abbreviation for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Designed to test the English language skills of a candidate aiming for an admission at an abroad university, this test usually judges one’s writing, listening, reading, and speaking ability of English. The test is generally conducted over four and half hours time with a 10-minute break in between. The Internet based test, which is the latest version, is ranked on a scale of 0 to 120 points with each section divided into 30 points. Well, when it comes to qualification marks, the criteria set may differ with universities with the general graduating score being ranked at 82.6.

Preparing for the TOEFL

TOEFL, as a test is feared by almost all individuals aiming an admission through the foreign university. However, you need to keep in mind that the test though is challenging is not unbeatable. Effort and practice on your part can help you obtain the score. Here is a quick look at some of the tips that would help you prepare for TOEFL:
  • Approach the test with a preset plan.
  • Always prepare well as there is no place for underprepared individuals.
  • Prepare for the individual sections differently.
  • Listen to the Native American speakers via American radio, CNN and other likes.
  • Practice grammar exercises regularly to enhance your command over grammar.
  • Read as much as you can to sharpen your vocabulary skills.
  • Practice speaking in English with your friends to increase your speaking power.
  • Learn 5 to 10 words everyday and practice writing and speaking ability with those words.
However, for obtaining best results, get yourself a TOEFL Test guide and take free online tests to judge your English language command. ETS offers a number of free and paid presentation materials to help you with the TOEFL preparations, take help from those guidebooks. You can also have a look at the official TOEFL website and take the sample test online for judging your skills. The FAQ section details you all the necessary information required to sit for the test.

Fight your fear and learn the language at its best to secure an admission at a foreign university.

This guest post is a contribution from Mellisa Spears. She loves English Language and writes on topics related to learning the language or preparing for English tests. She also writes for other topics like Online MBA and Distance Learning Courses.

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