TOEFL

Overview

A Standardized Test, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) assesses the English Proficiency of people, whose native language does not happen to be English. It tests the ability to understand North American English. Most Educational Institutes in the US and Canada (approximately 2400) ask applicants for their TOEFL Scores. Institutes in other countries, where the mode and language of instruction is English, also use TOEFL.

Most people take the TOEFL test as a prerequisite for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. In addition, many government, licensing, and certification agencies and exchange and scholarship programs use TOEFL® scores to evaluate the English proficiency of people for whom English is not their native language.

The TOEFL Internet-based Test tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.

The structure of the TOEFL iBT is as follows:

  • Reading (60-100 min) (36-70 questions) (0-30 scoring scale)
  • Listening (60-90 min) (34-51 questions) (0-30 scoring scale)
  • Speaking (20 min) (6 tasks) (0-4 points converted to 0-30 scoring scale)
  • Writing (50 min) (2 tasks) (0-5 points converted to 0-30 scoring scale)
Course Outline

CHAPTER 1: Introducing the TOEFL iBT

  • All about the TOEFL Test
  • How to Use This Book
  • All about the TOEFL iBT
    • Why is the TOEFL test changing?
    • What are the main features of the TOEFL iBT?
    • Format of the TOEFL iBT
    • Question Types
    • Tool Bar
    • Overview of the TOEFL iBT Reading Section
    • Overview of the TOEFL iBT Listening Section
    • Overview of the TOEFL iBT Writing Section
    • Overview of the TOEFL iBT Speaking Section
    • About your scores
    • Test Preparation Tips from ETS
    • Registering for the TOEFL iBT
    • Questions Frequently Asked by Students

CHAPTER 2: TOEFL iBT Reading

  • TOEFL iBT Reading Passages
  • TOEFL iBT Reading Questions
    • Basic Information and Inferencing Questions
    • Reading to Learn Questions
  • Improving Your Performance on TOEFL iBT Reading Questions
  • Reading Practice Sets
    • Practice Set 1
    • Practice Set 2
    • Practice Set 3
    • Practice Set 4
    • Practice Set 5
    • Practice Set 6
  • Practice TOEFL iBT Reading Section
    • Answer Key and Explanations

CHAPTER 3: TOEFL iBT Listening

  • TOEFL iBT Listening Materials
    • Conversations
    • Lectures
  • TOEFL iBT Listening Questions
    • Basic Comprehension Questions
    • Pragmatic Understanding Questions
    • Connecting Information Questions
  • How to Sharpen Your Listening Skills
  • Listening Practice Sets
    • Practice Set 1
    • Practice Set 2
    • Practice Set 3
    • Practice Set 4
    • Practice Set 5
  • Practice TOEFL iBT Listening Section
    • Answer Key, Listening Scripts and Explanations

CHAPTER 4: TOEFL iBT Speaking

  • Introduction to the Speaking Section
  • Speaking Question Types
    • Independent: Questions 1 and 2
    • Integrated Listening / Reading / Speaking: Questions 3 and 4
    • Integrated Listening / Speaking : Questions 5 AND 6
  • Strategies for Raising Your TOEFL Speaking Score
  • Practice TOEFL iBT Speaking Section
    • Listening Scripts and Sample Responses with Rater’s Comments
  • TOEFL iBT Speaking Score Rubric
  • Frequently Asked Questions about TOEFL Speaking

CHAPTER 5: TOEFL iBT Writing

  • Introduction to the Writing Section
  • The Integrated Writing Task
    • How the Task is Phrased
    • Strategies for Raising your Score on the Integrated Writing Task
    • Integrated Writing Scoring Rubric
    • Sample Scored Responses for the Integrated Writing Task
  • The Independent Writing Task
    • Essay-Writing Tips
    • How Essays are Scored
    • Independent Writing Scoring Rubric
    • Sample Scored Responses for the Independent Writing Task
  • The Independent Writing Topics
    • Topic List
  • Practice TOEFL iBT Writing Section
    • Listening Script, Explanations and Samples Responses

CHAPTER 6: Writer’s Handbook for English Language Learners

  • Grammar
  • Usage
  • Mechanics
  • Style
  • Organization and Development
  • Advice to Writers
  • Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
  • Glossary