prepare for TOEFLTOEFL preparation is the reason many students study English before going to university. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is accepted by 7,500 institutions in 130 countries around the world. It is the most recognized — and often required — proof of English ability for entering university in an English-speaking country.


What is the TOEFL like? How can you get a good TOEFL score? Over the next several Wednesdays, we’ll give you all the details of what to expect on the TOEFL and how to sharpen your skills.


To get started, here are a few of the first steps you should take if the TOEFL is in your future:

  • Practice typing in English. Most test centers now give the TOEFL iBT, or Internet-based test. All of your written responses will be typed; there is no option to write your responses by hand.
  • Make a schedule. If you have specific universities in mind that you want to apply to, find out when TOEFL scores are due. It’s a good idea to give yourself enough time to take the test more than once to get your best possible score.
  • Read and listen to as much English as possible. Take in English on a variety of topics — the TOEFL will include listening and reading on a variety of academic and everyday topics. Talk to someone or keep a journal about what you have read or heard.
  • Apply to an intensive English program that offers courses emphasizing communication and academic skills. Be sure your English school is accredited to ensure a high-quality program.

If you are preparing to take the TOEFL, be sure to check out the other posts in IEI’s TOEFL series!

Are you preparing for the TOEFL? What questions would you like to see answered in future posts? If you have already taken the TOEFL, what helped you to prepare? What do you wish you had known about the TOEFL?

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