TOEFL iBT® Preparation

Overview

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.

Schedule

Hours: from XXX to XXX

Days: XXXXXX

Dates:

 

Objectives:

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

Sections:

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.