Links and other TOEFL® items of interest

Here is some information about the TOEFL® English exam which may help to answer your questions.
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TOEFL language test resources

What is the TOEFL®?
Here is an excellent detailed description of this internet-based test:
“The purpose of the TOEFL® test is to evaluate the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English.” TOEFL® scores are required for purposes of admission by more than 2,400 high-schools, colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Taking the TOEFL® is a necessary step for any non US educated student wanting to study at a North American High School or University. It is also increasingly required from other educational institutions throughout the world as well as a desired or mandatory job qualification. Spring Valley Academy requires you score 32 to be accepted for enrollment. A US university usually requires a score of 100 or more. Before beginning to study for the TOEFL® it is a good idea to understand the philosophy and purpose behind this standardized test.

While it is true that the TOEFL® is an extremely difficult test there are a number of resources to help students prepare for the test. Luckily the Internet has an ever expanding treasure trove of study materials. Most of these areas require registration and payment however a number of the sites do offer some free services. If you are interested in taking the TOEFL® it will probably be necessary to purchase some of these services. This guide shows you a number of the free services available on the Internet. By using this feature you can get an excellent head start on your studies without paying a cent.

The computer-based TOEFL® test has four sections:

  • Listening -- Measures ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America.
  • Structure -- Measures ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English.
  • Reading -- Measures ability to read and understand short passages similar in topic and style to those that students are likely to encounter in North American universities and colleges.
  • Writing -- Measures ability to write in English on an assigned topic. In this section, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to write in English. This includes the ability to generate and organize ideas, to support those ideas with examples or evidence, and to compose in standard written English in response to an assigned topic.

What can I expect from TOEFL®?
There are a number of resources available to help you discover exactly what grammar listening and reading skills will be expected on the TOEFL®. One of the most thorough of these resources is Testwise.Com which explains each type of question in terms of the grammar or skill required to answer that type of question successfully.

How do I approach the TOEFL®?
One of the most important skills to acquire before taking the test is not a language skill. It is TOEFL® test taking strategy. To get up to speed on test taking, this guide to taking tests can help you understand general test taking preparation. The TOEFL®, like all standardized American tests, has a very particular structure and typical traps for you to fall into. By understanding these traps and structures you can go a long way to improving your score.

The writing section of the TOEFL® requires that you write an essay based on a set topic. has a wonderful selection of sample essays discussing common mistakes and giving examples of essays with various scores to show you the range expected on the essay.

Practicing the TOEFL®:
Now that you have a good idea of what the test is, what is to be expected, AND what strategies are needed you can begin to practice taking various sections of the test. Some of the best FREE online practice you can get is at You can get 3 Free TOEFL® Practice Tests on this site.

Finally probably the biggest piece of advice you will hear from everybody is: "Take the test as often as possible". To help you do just that (for FREE) follow the following links to these practice tests and exercises:

Completely re-designed TOEFL® resource practice website

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TOEFL practice resources, games, and practice tests

TOEFL® resource video links:

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TOEFL® Interactive Quizzes at this site:

TOEFL® Grammar Practice 1

TOEFL® Grammar Practice 2

TOEFL® Vocabulary Practice

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TOEFL language test resources

There are many other sites devoted to helping students prepare for the various tests required by high schools and universities. Most of them charge some sort of fee for their services, so be careful when signing up for any particular feature. Here are some additional sites.

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Links to other language exams

There are quite a number of other English Proficiency exams available. IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge English exams, and many others. Below are some links that may be helpful in identifying resources other than the TOEFL exam. This site has links to many different exams, and free practice tests. Lots of IELTS resources located here.

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