If you have decided to enter some prestigious foreign university you need to obtain TOEFL scores first. Investigate the purpose and benefits of taking TOEFL. Get to know more about common problems that you may come across while preparing for the test.
The TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) is a standardized test that evaluates the English Proficiency of people whose native language is not English. Nearly 2400 education institutes in the United States and Canada require TOEFL scores from every applicant. The test is used by institutions in other countries where English is the language of Instruction as well. The TOEFL tests the ability to understand North American English.
The test evaluates English language proficiency in the following three disciplines: reading, listening and writing. In the majority of regions of the world you can take the TOEFL on a computer (CBT: Computer-Based Test) anywhere close to your home. In areas with incomplete access to computer-based testing facilities you can take a paper-and-pencil version of the test.
You begin by reading the tutorials for which you have limitless time.
After that you take the Listening Section, which lasts between 40 and 60 minutes and you will answer between 30 and 50 questions.
Then the Listening Section you move on to the section called "Structure". This part takes approximately about 15 and 20 minutes and there will be between 20 and 25 questions.
After you have completed the Structure Section there is a short break of 5 minutes and then you begin the Reading Section which takes 70 to 90 minutes and comprises 44 to 55 questions.
The last part of the TOEFL is the Writing Section. Here you will be given one topic on which you have to write an essay within 30 minutes.