TOEFL Exam preparation

Minimum entry level: Elementary

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Course description

The TOEFL test is one of the world’s most trusted and widely accepted English language assessments. It has helped millions of people achieve their dreams to study, work or live abroad. More than 10,000 institutions of higher education, government agencies and organisations worldwide accept TOEFL scores.
This course will help you understand what you can do to achieve your best TOEFL test score. Instructors will guide you through each section (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) and, using archived past test papers, will explain the kinds of questions you can expect. You will receive valuable advice, including how it is scored and how to prepare for the exam day.


Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

– Maximise exam performance
– Develop time management skills and ability to work accurately under pressure
– Study the format of the test and how to best answer questions
– Develop independent study skills
– Expand your TOEFL exam vocabulary focusing on US vocabulary and accents
– Practise through example exam tasks and teacher’s feedback


Sample syllabus

– Common and Proper Nouns, Countable and Uncountable Nouns
– Pronoun Types, Nominative and Objective Cases , Agreement and Reference
– Adverb vs Adjective, position and Meaning
– Preposition Types, Prepositions frequently misused, Idioms with prepositions
– Transitive and Intransitive Verbs, Active and Passive Voices
– Indicative, Imperative and Subjunctive Moods
– Present Participle, Past Participle
– Gerund and Infinitive
– American vs British Usage

– Reading Purposes
– Reading Section Format
– Passage Types
– Question Types by Format
– Question Types by Content & Strategy
– How to Read
– Focus on the Main Idea
– Scan the question and answers
– Find Key Information
– Identify Keyword Signals and Locate Specifics
– Using the Process of Elimination

– Locating the Main Idea or Purpose
– Structure and Tone
– Transitions

– Possibilities
– Summarise Opinions
– Summarise and Show Disparity
– Summarise Preference
– Summarise a Lecture

– Writing Section Guidelines
– Planning Your Essay
– Writing Templates – Integrated Writing Task
– Writing Templates – Independent Writing Task
– Effective Daily Writing
– Guidelines
– Process
– Advanced General Writing Tips