TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is a test that evaluates an individual’s ability to understand and use the English language in an academic setting.
This test is necessary when a non- native English speaker is trying to take admission in a college or university of an English speaking country. Also, institutions like licensing bodies, scholarship programs, government agencies, businesses might require this test. The TOEFL score has a validity of two years. After the two years, the scores will not be reported officially. The reason for this is that the candidate’s proficiency of the language may have changed significantly over the two year. Only the latest TOEFL score is considered by the universities and colleges.
There are numerous guides, books, and websites that offer exercises and information for practising the TOEFL. A lot of students prefer to take the help of private tutors in order to get better results.
First of all, you must visit the TOEFL website. You must review the patterns of the test thoroughly. This test mainly tests the non native English speaker’s language skills which include reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You need to know what is required in each and every section. For instance, there will a passage in the reading section. The candidate has to answer questions after reading the passage thoroughly to test the candidate’s understanding of it. You will also have to write an essay to show your writing skills. The listening section will require you to listen to a conversation and answer questions based on that conversation. Your ability of speaking English will be tested on the basis of how you answer the questions. Knowing the requirements of every section will better prepare you for the test by letting you know of the areas that you need to work on.
The best way to evaluate your skills and progress is to take mock test. Take as many of them as you can. This practice will definitely improve your skills and also prepare you for the real test.