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Everything You Need to Prepare for the TOEFL

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About TOEFL

The TOEFL

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language - in other words it is English Language Proficiency test that all US Business Schools require International applicants to take. The Internet Based Test or TOEFL iBT is scored from 0 to 120 but schools do not look at it from a scoring standpoint but rather Pass/Fail. Many schools will set a certain minimum that an applicants must get. If you are a native speaker or have been educated at a Western College that used English as the main language of instruction, there is a good chance that TOEFL requirement will be waived. US Residents and graduates of US colleges do not need to take TOEFL.

Sections

TOEFL IBT FORMAT
Test SectionNumber of QuestionsTiming
Reading3-5 passages, 12-14 questions each60-100 minutes
Listening4-6 lectures, 6 questions each 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each60-90 minutes
BREAK8 minutes
Speaking6 tasks, 2 independent, 4 integrated20 minutes
Writing1 integrated task, 1 independent task20 and 30 minutes


* TOEFL is from 0 to 120 (0 to 30 each section).
* The time duration (Reading and Listening sections) is not fixed and it can differ from one exam to another. You can for example receive a longer Reading section (5 passages, 100 minutes) and then a shorter Listening section (4 lectures, 60 minutes), or the other way around.

Speaking section


SPEAKING SECTION
1.Personal PreferenceThis question asks the test taker to express and defend a personal choice from a given category—for example, important people, places, events or activities that the test taker enjoys.Preparation time: 15 seconds
Response time: 45 seconds
2.ChoiceThis question asks the test taker to make and defend a personal choice between two
contrasting behaviors or courses of action.
Preparation time: 15 seconds
Response time: 45 seconds
3.Campus Situation Topic: Fit and Explain• A reading passage (75–100 words) presents a campus-related issue.
• A listening passage (60–80 seconds, 150–180 words) comments on the issue in the reading passage.
• The question asks the test taker to summarize the speaker’s opinion within the context of the reading passage.
Preparation time: 30 seconds
Response time: 60 seconds
4.Academic Course. Topic: General/Specific • A reading passage (75–100 words) broadly defines a term, process, or idea from an academic subject.
• An excerpt from a lecture (60–90 seconds; 150–220 words) provides examples and specific information to illustrate the term, process, or idea from the reading passage.
• The question asks the test taker to combine and convey important information from the reading passage and the lecture excerpt.
Preparation time: 30 seconds
Response time: 60 seconds
5.Campus Situation Topic: Problem/SolutionThe listening passage (60–90 seconds; 180–220 words) is a conversation about a student-related problem and two possible solutions.
• The question asks the test taker to demonstrate an understanding of the problem and to express an opinion about solving the problem.
Preparation time: 20 seconds
Response time: 60 seconds
6.Academic Course. Topic: Summary • The listening passage is an excerpt from a lecture (90–120 seconds; 230–280 words) that explains a term or concept and gives concrete examples to illustrate that term or concept.
• The question asks the test taker to summarize the lecture and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the examples and the overall topic.
Preparation time: 20 seconds
Response time: 60 seconds


FAQ

What score do top business school require?
* Click here TOEFL score requirements for various schools
http://gmatclub.com/forum/toefl-score-r ... 80110.html

What can I expect from the test center on the exam day?
* Contrary to the GMAT, TOEFL exams are not held in ETS official centers. You can expect taking the exam in a High School or other similar places, with no appropriated facilities.
* There will be a lot of people speaking aloud while you are taking the exam. Some test takers skip the Reading and Listening sections and start speaking very soon.
* Think about wearing earplugs to avoid losing concentration. You may use them during the whole exam turning up to the limit the volume of the headphones provided.

Where can I find the best preparation books?
* Everything you need about preparation books:
http://gmatclub.com/forum/best-toefl-pr ... 79121.html

How do they grade the Speaking section?
* The Speaking section contains six questions, and each one is scored from 0 to 4 points without decimal values.

For example, you can obtain the following set of results [4,4,3,3,3,3]. Then, they calculate the average of the results (sum of the the six scores divided by number of elements):(4+4+3+3+3+3) / 6 = 20 / 6 = 3.33 and the outcome (3.33) is converted to a 30 points scale.

- Rubric table:
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-ETS scoring standards for each speaking question: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pd ... ubrics.pdf

How do they grade the Writing section?
* The Writing section contains two questions/essays, and each one is scored from 0.0 to 5.0 points with an interval of 0.5 points. That means that you can score 4.5 or a 4.0 in one of the questions, but you can't get a 4.25.

For example, lets say you obtain the following set of results: [4.5,4]. Then, they calculate the average (sum of the the two scores divided by number of elements): (4.5 + 4) /2 = 9.5 / 2 = 4.25 and the outcome (4.25) is converted to a 30 points scale.

- Rubric table:
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- ETS scoring standards for each writing question: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pd ... ubrics.pdf

Can I retake the exam?
You can take the exam as many times as you like. There is no restriction.

Is there any TOEFL official statistics?
* Yes, here some statistics from 2009 (thanks to Pkit)
http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pd ... y_2009.pdf
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Re: Everything You Need to Prepare for the TOEFL [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2015, 01:53
thanks dear,am glad you share this information.
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