Course description


TOEFL is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS.


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It is a non-invasive Technology and It can be overidden on existing systems allowing creation of a platform to introduce more sophisticated algorithm and mechine-learning tools.
     ETS offers practice versions of the test along with related learning tools on their website is https://www.ets.org/toefl. The practice test scores are also reported to the test taker.

What is the TOEFL test?

The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand the English language as it is heard, spoken, read and written in the university classroom.

Does the TOEFL expire?

Yes! Your test scores will be valid for 2 years from your test date, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding when to take the test.

TOEFL Exam Pattern?

Section

Duration

Questions

Tasks

Listening

60–90 minutes

 

34–51 questions

Listening to lectures, classroom discussions, and conversations, and then answering questions.

Reading

60–80 minutes

 

36–56 questions

Reading 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answering questions.

Writing

50 minutes

2 tasks

Writing essay responses based on reading and listening tasks, along with supporting an opinion in writing.

Break

10 minutes

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Speaking

20 minutes

6 tasks

Expressing your opinion on a familiar topic and speaking based on reading and listening tasks.

What does the TOEFL consist of?

The test consists of 4 sections – reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

Content of TOEFL:

The course consists of 4 sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete. The uniqueness of the test is that it asks you to take the test by combining more than one out of the four skills like:

          1. Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
          2. Listen and then speak in response to a question
          3. Read, listen and then write in response to a question


Course Format

1.Listening Module

1. The emphasis in the Listening section is on the test taker’s ability to comprehend and analyse      what is being said.
2. There would be conversations and talks (lectures).
3. The conversations would recreate a social scenario in about 10-15 sentences and would      typically last for 3 – 5 minutes. Social scenarios include situations like a party or a purchase      in a super market etc.
4. The lectures are of similar length and are on diverse themes where no predefined knowledge      is required. Two of them would have comments of students interspersed and two of the talks      would be sans the comments.
5. The section includes integrated as well as independent tasks.

2.Reading Module

1. The number of questions in the Reading section is not fixed and could vary.
2. The questions are asked in a multiple choice format. There are about three to five passages      with a total of 50 questions for the section.
3. The passages would be of a length of 600 to 750 words and are sourced from diverse fields      like Natural Sciences (Botany, Zoology), Social Sciences (History - especially American      History), Geography, Physical sciences and so on.
4. The paragraphs have line numbers for easy reference.
5. A glossary feature which helps define uncommon words has been introduced. A new review      tool has also been included. These two features help the test taker manage his/her time      better. A review of answers is possible and students can check any questions they may have      missed out.
6. There are various types of questions including questions dealing with implications and      inferences, overall theme of the passage, the central idea or flow of the passage, how the      author has developed the essay, and others. The ability to identify paraphrasing, summarize      main points, and identify various elements of the author’s arguments would also be tested.      Vocabulary based questions with reference to a meanings of words in the given context      could be asked.
7.The reading speed expected would be about 200 words per minute.
8. Answer choices can be changed as long as one is answering questions related to a particular      passage but shifting between passages is not possible.

3.Writing module

1. The writing section has been modified to include an integrated task in addition to the      independent one.
2. The new task requires test takers to listen to a short conversation and read a short passage      (of about 250 words). The test taker would then be required to write a summary of what was      read and heard.
3. Test takers can make notes and use them to respond to the questions.
4. The topics are such that the students may be tempted to take up a strong position either for      or against the topic. The trick to performing well in this section lies in striking a balance and      constructing the argument logically in simple and direct language.

4.Speaking Module

1. The major areas that a test taker needs to focus on to do well in this section would be:      accent, dialect, pronunciation, syllabification (long and short vowels).
2. The ability to speak the language well enough to get across one’s message clearly and      effectively is tested in this section.
3. There is a pre-defined time limit for responses in this section.
4. In the speaking section the test taker would have to speak into a microphone and the      responses would be digitally recorded and sent to the ETS Online Scoring Network.
5. There are two independent and four integrated tasks in the section.
6. The first independent task requires the test taker to draw upon his / her existing base of      knowledge, experience and preferences and answer the question. The test taker gets 15      seconds to prepare his /her response and 45 seconds to present it.
7. The second task requires the test taker to choose one of two alternatives and support his /      her choice.
8. Two of the integrated tasks test ability to read, listen and speak. The test taker is given      material to read and would then be asked to listen to a one to two minute conversation on      the same topic. Following this, the test taker is asked to summarize what was read and      heard into a microphone. 30 seconds are given for the preparation of the response and 45      seconds to speak.
9. In the next task the test taker is given a 150 word academic passage to read and is then      required to listen to a one and a half minute talk on the same. The candidate is then required      to present his opinion on what was read and heard. The test taker has 30 seconds to      develop his response and 45 seconds to speak.
10. The fifth task requires the candidate to listen to a conversation (of about 60-90 seconds)      between two students on a student related problem and two possible solutions to the same.      Having heard the talk, the test taker now needs to speak on the solution that he / she feels is      appropriate. The candidate is given 20 seconds to develop a response and 60 seconds to      speak.
11. The last of the speaking tasks involves listening to an excerpt from a lecture for about 90 to      120 seconds. Having heard the lecture, the candidate is required to articulate the main ideas      that were discussed.

     ETS offers practice versions of the test along with related learning tools on their website is www.toefl.org. The practice test scores are also reported to the test taker.