TOEFL iBT® Preparation


Preparation for the TOEFL requires an investment of time. In this course, we will help you manage your preparation and supply you with the essential tools necessary to achieve a high score on the exam. There is no doubt that a high TOEFL Score will greatly increase your knowledge of the English Language.


Hours: from XXX to XXX





By the end of the course students will:

  • Be familiar with the format and directions of the TOEFL test;
  • Be familiar with the types of questions that are asked in each section;
  • Figure out weak and strong areas; and
  • Develop the English language skills that are necessary to be successful on the test.

Reading purposes

  • To practice necessary skills with short reading passages, such as understanding details, identifying topics and paraphrasing.
  • To develop skills with longer reading passages, such as such as understanding details, identifying topics and paraphrasing, recognizing coherence.
  • To improve on summarizing skills, such as completing tables and charts, creating tables and charts.

Writing purposes

  • To practice necessary writing skills of brainstorming, organizing, and paraphrasing.
  • To develop writing skills by connecting and supporting ideas.
  • To improve sentence structure and word choice.

Listening Purposes

  • To demonstrate basic comprehension, such as understanding the main idea, key points, structure, purpose, conclusion, important facts and relevant details.
  • To learn from listening, such as understanding various relationships between ideas (e.g., compare-and-contrast, cause-and-effect, agree-disagree, or steps in a process) and tracing the development of ideas or events throughout the recordings.
  • To make inferences about an author’s opinion and what is implied in a recording.

Speaking Purposes

  • Information Processing – The ability to synthesize and summarize what you have read in your textbooks and heard in and outside of the class.
  • Viewpoint Formation – In some of the speaking tasks, students need to form your own opinion in response to the information you have processed.
  • Delivery – Speech should be clear and have a well-paced flow with only minor lapses in pronunciation or intonation patterns.
  • Language Use – Responses should demonstrate effective use of grammar and vocabulary.
  • Topic Development – Responses should be sustained and sufficient for the task. They should be coherent and well developed with details and examples.
  • A clear progression of ideas is also necessary for a high score.


Format of iBT TOEFL Test


Reading Questions:

3–5 passages (About 700 words each), 12–14 questions each;

Total No. of Questions: About 50

Total Time: 60–100 minutes

Listening Questions:

  1. a) 4–6 lectures (3-5 minutes long, about 500-800 words), 6 questions each; about 30 questions in total
  2. b) 2–3 conversations (about 3 minutes long, about 12-25 exchanges), 5 questions each;

About 12 questions in total

Total No. of Questions: 40+

Total Time: 60–90 minutes

Speaking Questions:

  1. a) 2 independent tasks (prep time: 15 sec; response time: 45 sec)
  2. b) 2 integrated tasks – Read/Listen/Speak (prep time: 30 sec; response time: 60 sec)
  3. c) 2 integrated tasks – Listen/Speak (prep time: 20 sec; response time: 60 sec)

Total No. of Questions: 6

Total Time: 20 minutes

Writing Questions:

  1. a) 1 integrated task – Read/Listen/Write (20 minutes) (reading time: 3 min; listening

Time: 2 min; writing: 15 min)

  1. b) 1 independent task (30 minutes)

Total No. of Questions: 2

Total Time: 50 minutes

Total Time Approx. 4.5 hours

Summary Addition of speaking section and expansion of writing section requires students to communicate in original English.

New integrated-skills questions test ability to learn, to integrate information across multiple tests; they are more difficult and more reflective of actual academic English.