TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language. TOEFL is a standardized English proficiency test that assesses English Language skills in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Candidates who wish to study at an undergraduate or graduate level are required to take the TOEFL to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. The test is offered 30-40 times a year and is accepted by all Institutions in USA & some Institutions in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Canada.
TOEFL Test format is divided into 4 sections namely-
Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer 36 to 56 questions in 60 to 80 minutes.
Listen to lectures, Classroom discussions and conversations, then answer 34 to 51 questions in 60 to 90 minutes. Break of 10 minutes is given to the students.
Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks, the students have to perform 6 tasks in 20 minutes.
Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing, Such 2 tasks are to be completed in 50 minutes.
The Total duration of the entire Test Format is 4 Hours.
Reading tests candidates’ ability to read and comprehend the passages, and answer the questions based on the same. It consists of 3 – 4 passages and each passage having 13 – 15 questions on it. It lasts for approximately 60 – 80 minutes.
Listening tests candidates’ ability to understand spoken English that is typical of interactions in academic environment. It comprises the talks and lectures of generally American speakers. Listening has two formats i.e. Short Format (SF) and Long Format (LF), one of which appears in the test. SF comprises 6 talks of which 3 are conversations and 3 are lectures. LF has 9 talks of which 3 are conversations and 6 are lectures. SF will last for approximately 45 – 55 minutes, whereas LF lasts approximately 70 – 80 minutes.
Speaking tests a candidate’s ability to converse in English. Speaking has 6 questions prompts which include independent speaking questions, as well as integrated speaking questions. Candidates are given a few seconds to think and the time allotted to speak keeps changing as per the question format. Approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute is the time limit, per question in speaking. Overall speaking test lasts for 20 minutes.
Writing tests a candidate’s ability to express himself through written text. It comprises of 2 tasks. In Task 1 i.e. Integrated Writing, candidates are required to read a passage, listen to a lecture and compose a technical essay based on the passage and the lecture. Time allotted is 20 minutes. In Task 2 i.e. Independent Essay, students are given a general topic to write an essay on. Time allotted is 30 minutes
MANJOORANS offers intensive and comprehensive training services to people aspiring to obtain a desirable score in TOEFL. We have qualified, experienced and trained teachers, who impart training to our students.
How we train our students
We conduct a mock test on the first day of training, simulating the testing conditions, to gauge where the person stands in terms of his English abilities. The individual is given the scores after the test is over. Subsequently, we start the classroom training.
We use Princeton TOEFL Book, a standard book for TOEFL to conduct classroom sessions. For Reading, our teachers provide the details about various question types and explain the approach to answer the same. After introductory discussion, the passages are assigned and students are asked to complete the same.
Towards the end of each test, every question is discussed with the students and answers are explained. In this way, all seven tests are completed with students. Discussion is an integral part of Reading sessions.
Each section of TOEFL is graded on a scale of 0 – 30 in 1 point increment. Composite score is addition of all the scores. TOEFL is scored out of 120. 100+ is considered to be a good score.
For Listening, firstly the test is played non-stop and students answer the questions as they listen. Once the test is over, the answers are given explaining marking scheme. Then the same test is replayed taking pauses at every answer and explaining the same to students. In this way, the practice on seven tests is completed.
For Writing part, firstly the types of questions are explained with essay-writing guidelines. Students are made to practice all the essays of Integrated and Independent types from the book. Each essay is assessed and guidelines are provided to make the essay better.
For speaking part, one-on-one sessions are conducted exactly on the lines of test and the answers are discussed after the session. Scores are given and guidelines are provided to improve the scores. After classroom sessions, mock-tests are conducted simulating the testing conditions and scores are given for each mock test