About TOEFL iBT: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. Most people who take the TOEFL test are planning to study at colleges and universities where instruction is in English. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency. More than 5000 colleges and universities in 90 countries recognize the test. Beginning in 2005 TOEFL phased in a new internet-Based Test (iBT), which will replace the current computer-based and paper-based tests. The iBT has 4 sections, reading, listening, speaking and writing, each with a score of 30, giving a total score of 120. 1 Reading 3-5 passages, 12-14 questions each 60-100 mins 4-6 lectures, 6 questions each 2 Listening 60-90 mins 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each 3 Speaking 6 tasks, 2 independent and 2 integrated 20 mins 1 integrated task 4 Writing 50 mins 1 independent task An integrated task is one where you have to use more than one skill. For example, you read about something, listen to a lecture, and then write about what you have heard and read. The TOEFL iBT no longer has any computer-adaptive sections; it is a linear assessment test covering a full range of levels of question difficulty. Note taking is allowed during test in order to better reflect real-life academic situations. The iBT Test takes approximately four hours to finish, and is administered via the Internet at secure, ETS.- approved test centers. Scoring Information The Reading and Listening section scores are based on your performance on multiple-choice questions. The total points that you receive for each section are converted to a score on a scale from 0 to 30. The Speaking section is based on your response to six questions. On the actual test, your responses will be rated by a human evaluator and receive a score of 0 (Low), 1, 2, 3, or 4 (High). The total score for the 6 questions will be converted to a scale from 0 to 30. The reported score for the Speaking section will always be on a scale of 0 to 30. The Writing section has two writing tasks that are scored on a scale from 1 (Low) to 5 (High). On the actual test, your responses will be rated by human evaluators, and a score of 0 for off-topic responses will also be possible. Your Writing task total score will then be converted to a scale from 0 to 30. The reported score for the Writing section will always be on a scale of 0 to 30. TOEFL iBT – Online Materials Details Location Title: TOEFL – ETS.org http://www.ets.org/toefl/ Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: You can read about the TOEFL iBT test and how you should prepare for it under the ‘Learners and Test Takers’ section. Scroll down the home page and click on ‘TOEFL Practice Online Tour’. The tour will tell you all about the TOEFL test and has a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. For language skills practice, look at the menu bar on the left and click on ‘Online Resources’. You’ll be directed to a page filled with plenty of recommended practice sites for you to check out. Title: TOEFL – English-Test.net - TOEFL Prep http://www.english-test.net/toefl/ Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: At English-test.net you can test yourself with a series of free interactive questions that will help you to increase your TOEFL-related vocabulary. At this site you’ll also be able to contact other people who are preparing for the TOEFL to share experiences through the TOEFL forum. Title: TOEFL - About.com – Free TOEFL Study on http://esl.about.com/cs/toefl/a/a_toefl.htm the Internet Units/pgs: Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: Taking the TOEFL is a necessary step for any non US educated student wanting to study at a North American university. This site provides you with practice tasks and online exercises related to ‘listening’, ‘structure’, ‘reading’ and ‘writing’. You’ll also find a selection of sample essays and practice tests. Title: TOEFL – EnglishExam.com http://www.examenglish.com/TOEFL/index. Units/pgs: - php Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: You can read a brief introduction to the test and then check your knowledge by clicking on the highlighted link at the top of the page: ‘free practice material’. You have 20 minutes to do 20 questions. When you have completed the test you will get a score and you can review your answer to each question. Title: TOEFL – EnglishClub.com TOEFL Practice http://www.englishclub.com/esl-exams/ets- Session toefl-practice.htm Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: You can try a few practice questions at this site. The examples given are very similar to the questions you will see on the actual TOEFL. Make sure to read through the explanatory answers, even if you answer the questions correctly. They will give you important hints. While you are working through the examples you will notice that some of the text is red and some of the text is blue. The parts that you hear on the real TOEFL will be in red. The parts that you read will be in blue. You can choose from: ‘Listening’, ‘Structure’, ‘Reading Comprehension’, or ‘Writing’. Before starting, click on ’20 TOEFL Tips’ for some preparation ideas. Title: TOEFL – Free-English.com – Practice Test for http://www.free-english.com/TOEFL-iBT- the New TOEFL iBT practice-test.aspx#overview Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: Free registration is required, but it’s worth it! This site contains detailed information about the new TOEFL iBT as well as practice sections. Choose from: ‘Reading’, ‘Listening’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Speaking’ from the menu at the top, or scroll down until you get to that section. You can choose from three different screen sizes and you will need the following system requirements: Flash Player: Version 6.x; High-Speed Internet connection; Computer resolution of 640x480 or greater; Headphones or speakers (except for the Reading Section). Title: TOEFL – iBT Course http://www.toeflibtcourse.com/ Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: This commercial site offers tips, practice tests, and sample exercises and answer keys. From the menu bar on the left, you can test your knowledge of ‘Vocabulary’, ‘Writing’, ‘Listening’, ‘Speaking’, ‘Grammar’ or ‘Spelling’. Title: TOEFL - iBT Sample Questions http://www.fulbright.cz/download/toefl-ibt- Units/pgs: - sample-questions-2006.pdf Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: You can print out this PDF document and test your ‘Reading’, ‘Listening’, ‘Speaking’ and ‘Writing’ abilities. Answer keys are provided at the end of each section. The Listening section provides the transcript only. Title: TOEFL – Mini Practice Test http://www.kaptest.com/Kaplan/Article/KEP Units/pgs: - _International/TOEFL-IELTS-Cambridge- Type: Web Exams/TOEFL/Online- Accent: N/A Resources/IN_toefl_minipractice.html Features: Take a 35-minute mini practice test in preparation for the TOEFL iBT. Prepare for the Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing questions on the new test. You'll receive a score on the Reading and Listening sections and have an opportunity to review sample Speaking and Writing responses. Free registration required first. Title: TOEFL - Edufind.com – English Language http://www.edufind.com/english/englishtests Tests and Games /list_of_english_tests.cfm Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: This site is part of an English language resources service where you can work through fully interactive tests and educational games to improve your English language skills, access learning material and English language guides. There is no charge for using the public section. Most of the tests and games listed are available for everyone to use. Only those with a ‘lock’ symbol are for members only. Title: TOEFL - Longman.com Exams Resource http://www.longman.com/exams/cae- Library cpe/cae/students-activities.html Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: On this Longman ELT website, there are lots of ideas and free resources for English language exams. Try fun online activities, download free support materials and get helpful tips on studying for the TOEFL simply clicking on the TOEFL ‘star’ button. You’ll be directed to a page that contains a description of the exam and student resources such as study tips and interactive exercises and quizzes. Title: TOEFL - English-online.org – EFL Exam http://www.english-online.org.uk/exam.htm Practice Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: You’ll find plenty of exam advice and practice exercises at this site. Click on ‘TOEFL’ and you’ll be given a description of the exam. From the menu bar at the top you can access information on the different skills that each exam focuses on. Click on ‘Introduction’ to find out more about that part of the exam. Then click on the different ‘Parts’ to see examples of questions, answers, and examiners comments. Title: TOEFL - One Stop English - Exams http://www.onestopenglish.com/section.asp? Units/pgs: - sectionType=listsummary&catid=58086&do Type: Web cid=144837 Accent: N/A Features: This section of One Stop English contains a TOEFL listening exercise and includes a worksheet and teacher’s notes. Title: TOEFL - SelfAccess.com – Free Sample http://www.selfaccess.com/ Lessons and Exercises Units/pgs: - Type: Web Accent: N/A Features: This site offers two types of online ESL lessons for a monthly or annual subscription. You can also sign up for a three day free trial of all the material on the site. To try a quick sample, go to the top of the menu bar on the left, click on ‘Free Sample Lessons and Exercises’ to access a selection of activities from different levels and different skill areas. The Academic English lessons are longer than the General English lessons and are perfect for intermediate-level and above students who need to prepare for English tests like TOEFL. All of the lessons and exercises are based on topical Reuters’ news articles and current events. The Academic English exercises contain the types of questions and tasks used in ESL tests such as the TOEFL test.