There are two major TOEFL Test Preparation Courses on the Internet Right now: BestMyTest and STEALTH, “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT.” This article will compare the two web sites in several areas: TOEFL practice tests offered, number of lessons, vocabulary words, instructor support, speaking reviews, writing reviews, and score guarantee. This comparison is limited to the one month premium TOEFL preparation courses offered at each site.
TOEFL Practice Tests Offered
BestMyTest offers 4 reserved full-length 3-4 hour TOEFL tests for its customers. These reserved TOEFL practice tests contain never-before-seen questions so students should take the practice tests to measure their progress as they move through the course. In addition, BestMyTest has an 15 full-length TOEFL practice tests that recycles content from other parts of the course.
STEALTH does not offer full-length TOEFL practice tests. It contracts out that service to a partner web site. STEALTH recommends that students focus more on building their academic English language and less on taking TOEFL practice tests used to familiarize students with the structure and format of the TOEFL iBT. However, STEALTH does recommend that students take a full-length TOEFL practice test at the beginning of their study, especially if they have not taken the TOEFL exam before and that students should take a full-length practice right before taking the official TOEFL exam to determine their readiness.
Number of TOEFL Lessons
BestMyTest offer more than 40 TOEFL lessons, 400 TOEFL interactive exercises, 1000 TOEFL practice questions.
STEALTH offers 700 TOEFL lessons and practice exercises designed to help students improve their vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking proficiency. In addition, STEALTH has 1000’s of TOEFL skill-building test questions In all, the video, PDF, and HTML formatted lessons amount to 500 hours of instruction.
Amount of Vocabulary
BestMyTest has more than 1,300 TOEFL vocabularies at its site, with some of the lessons being interactive in nature.
STEALTH offers 1,700 basic and advanced vocabularies at its course. One of the lessons, TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 3, is 150 page e-book consisting of 20 chapters designed to help students master 200 basic words.
BestMyTest allows students to ask TOEFL specialists 5 questions during their month of access to the course.
STEALTH imposes no limit on the number of questions students can ask the TOEFL pronunciation, speaking, and writing specialists at its course. In fact, students can ask questions daily by e-mail if they want.
BestMyTest allows students to have 6 of their independent and integrated speaking practice tests reviewed during the month that they use the course. The reviews contain auto written comments explaining to the students what score they are getting and which lessons they should focus on to improve. Auto feedback means that generic comments are sent to students depending on whether they score 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the practice tests they are taking.
STEALTH allows students to send in ONE speaking practice test every 24 hours. Therefore, a hard-working student could send in up to 30 speaking practice tests. A STEALTH speaking review contains audio comments from a TOEFL speaking specialist who has more than 22 years of TOEFL teaching experience. The TOEFL speaking specialist explains via audio comments sent the students why they received the score they did, makes any pronunciation corrections as needed, corrects any language-use errors with vocabulary or grammar, and explains to the students how they can improve the organization and development of the ideas.
BestMyTest allows students to have 2 writing reviews during the 30 day course. Each review includes a TOEFL score, auto feedback, grammar corrections, and improvement recommendations based on the strengths and weaknesses of the writers taking the practice tests.
STEALTH allows students to complete ONE independent or ONE integrated writing practice test every 24 hours, so, like the speaking reviews, students can complete up to 30 practice tests during its one month course. Each review includes a TOEFL score and auto feedback explaining improvement suggestions for the writers submitting the practice tests.
For an additional $50 charge, students can have a TOEFL iBT writing specialist who is an English professor from California State University, San Bernardino make a video correction of the grammatical, organizational, and developmental problems in the essays being submitted. In effect, for this additional charge, the TOEFL writing mentor will put together a 30-60 minute video explaining what changes students need to make to get a perfect score of 30 points.
Score Guarantee + Pricing
BestMyTest offers a 7 point score guarantee, and students requesting a refund must prove that they have completed at least 90% of the course to qualify for the refund. The cost of this course is a one-time payment of $79.99.
STEALTH offers no score guarantee; however, students can try the course for free for the first 7 days. During the first 7 days, users may cancel their Pay Pal subscription for any reason. After the first 7 days of using this course, students are charged $45 monthly, and they must cancel their Pay Pal subscription before the next 30 day billing cycle if they do not want to pay for another month of course access.