TOEFL exams; how to practice and pass it
Mar 20, 2009 TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 4986 Views
The TOEFL exam is for some people a hard exam to practice and pass successfully. I will in this small article look at how the TOEFL exam is build up. It might help you be prepared for it. And even to choose which kind of exam you want enter. I also wrote shortly about it in by blog (How to Survive the TOEFL exam).
The TOEFL exam is largely used for students planning to study overseas; and is an acceptance criterion to become a student at international universities. It is said to be testing student's English skills pretty accurate. Of course no tests are truly accurate as other factors as stress, time play an important role. And one of the worst enemies you have while taking the TOEFL exam is exactly time. If you manage to be calm and have a decent vocabulary and grammar skills it's not difficult at all. But you have to answer all questions within the time limit you are given.
The internet based version has increased in large popularity after it was released in 2005. And of course many prefer to have the exam in their own place. It's more comfortable, and maybe less stressful for many.
Some find the internet based version a bit more difficult as it has speaking as a part of it, and the listening and reading part might feel a bit more difficult. And yes; you got it right; the paper based version of the TOEFL exam have no speaking part.
Thought there are some significant differences between the paper based and the internet based they are supposed to have somehow equal difficulties. I think the feeling of difficulties are individually and eventually biased on how students experience the exam, not that either of them is truly more difficult than the other ones. And understandably many feel the internet based is a bit more difficult as they have some fears on spoken exams and presentations. It's however something you get too used to over time. In reality you will face many situations where you will be forced to speak in similar manners in real life. Typical examples are work interviews, where you have to talk about yourself; or presenting your ideas in meetings at work. To speak in those situations are always a bit hard the first times, but you shortly get used to it after trying it a couple of time. So please don't let the fear of speaking be the ultimate factor when choosing your form of exam.
The best you can do to prepare successfully for TOEFL is to find exams on the internet and practice. You have to get used to have the time haunting you all the time. Also try to not worry too much; some worries are of course natural; and even benefit for a successful result. But keep in mind they will not be testing your knowledge; only your skills in using English as a language.
I hope this helped you a bit in how to practice choosing the correct form of TOEFL exam for you.