TOEFL preparation is the reason many students study English before going to university. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is accepted by 7,500 institutions in 130 countries around the world. It is the most recognized – and often required – proof of English ability for entering university in an English-speaking country.
How can you get a good TOEFL score? Future articles will detail the best ways to prepare for each of the four sections of the test: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. To get started, here are a few of the first steps you should take if the TOEFL is in your future:
- Practice typing in English. Most test centers now give the TOEFL iBT, or Internet-based test. All of your written responses will be typed; there is no option to write your responses by hand.
- Make a schedule. If you have specific universities in mind that you want to apply to, find out when TOEFL scores are due. It’s a good idea to give yourself enough time to take the test more than once to get your best possible score.
- Read and listen to as much English as possible. Take in English on a variety of topics – the TOEFL will include listening and reading on a variety of academic and everyday topics. Talk to someone or keep a journal about what you have read or heard.
- Apply to an intensive English program that offers courses emphasizing communication and academic skills. Be sure your English school is accredited to ensure a high-quality program.
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