TOEFL stands for test of English as the foreign language and is also owned and managed by the EtS i.e. educational testing service. TOEFL exam is available in two formats
TOEFL-PBT and TOEFL.TOEFL-PBT is the older version and is paper based test and the new one is internet based test-iBT. The TOEFL iBT is becoming more popular as it in an online test and assesses all the four skills of English, reading, writing, speaking and listening where as TOEFL PBT assesses the reading, writing and listening skills but does not test the speaking skills.
Before deciding on which format of TOEFL to appear you need to check which format is available in the locality. TOEFL PBT is available in those test locations where internet facility is not available for conducting TOEF iBT. Candidates appearing for TOEFL PBT need to appear for TWE along with the reading , writing and the listening test .If appearing for TOEFL iBT, practicing on the QWERTY keyword keyword will make you familiar with the keys and will also help in increasing the typing speed.
Purpose of Attempting TOEFL
TOEFL Scores are basically are used for academic purposes and are also accepted by more than 8500 colleges and the universities. TOEFL scores are also needed for the VISA processing for Australian and the United Kingdom. TOEFL test centers are available at more than 4500 test centers spread across the world.
These are app 30-40 TOEFL test dates available in a year. It tests how well you can use English as the language in the classroom environment. Are u able to follow the lecturer and the classmates speak, are you able to communicate with them, are you able to follow what you read, how well you can write etc are some tasks that are tested using TOEFL. Based on the scores received the college decide upon the application for admission.
How to prepare for TOEFL
Preparation for TOEFL should start at least 2-3 months in advance. Registration process for TOEFL can also be done 3-4 months before the test date. As TOELF tests all four skills of English, you can start your preparation by attempting a mock TOEFL Test. Results of the mock test will provide you with the clear picture of where you stand in the world of English. Based on this you can identify your weaker and stringer areas and start your preparation. There are several methods available for the TOEFL preparation, based on your convenience, budget and requirements, you can select one from the available sources.
Reading skills can also be improved by reading newspapers, magzines , books, articles etc. Books can be selected from the different subjects like arts, business, science, history etc. Listening to speeches, news, radio, lectures, watching movies etc can help in increasing the listening skills.
Attempt as many model test papers as possible this makes you familiar with the types of questions that will appear in the real TOEFL. It also gives you an idea about the time that you need to spend on each section. It also increase the speed and also keeps a check on the pace of your study. Attempting the sample papers makes you aware of your stronger and the weaker areas. Spend more time on improving the weaker areas along with brushing up the stronger areas.
Sample papers are made available at the official website ww.ets.org which can be downloaded for practicing. As TOEFL is conducted by the ETS you can rely on the study materials provided by them needed for the TOEFL preparation. Study Material includes the official guide to the TOEFL which is available in two formats i.e. paper book and e-book.
In order to get the good TOEFL Score you need to work hard for improving the vocabulary, the grammar, spellings, pronunciation etc. You can also practice writing summaries, making notes etc. Make it habit to speak, write, read and listen in English at least for some time every day.