.This collection includes much of the information that is given by the official website for the organization that created and administers the exam, only here, it is much easier to find (their website is a bit confusing to navigate.)
If you are looking for some bit of information that you do not find here, please let me know in the comments below. It is very possible that the information is in one of the paid versions of The “TOEFL Excellence” Training Courses (coming soon!) – or if it is something that should be here, I will certainly add it.
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- The TOEFL Excellence Blog… This is the WordPress Blog that has been set up specifically to give up-dates about the exam and the up-coming training course. In addition to this, it also has links to all of the blog posts related to the exam, from the blog listed below.
- The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Blog… (specifically the blog posts about The TOEFL Exam)… Clicking the link in the parenthesis will filter out all of the other blog posts, and only show you the ones that are written about The TOELF Exam. But the others are good too! 😉
Other Helpful Resources:
- TOEFL Vocabulary… Yes, that’s right – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… “You do NOT need to learn huge lists of vocabulary in preparation for the TOEFL Exam!!!” But this list is prepared, not for you to memorize and try to incorporate into your own vocabulary (that would be ridiculous), but to check if you already have the vocabulary skills that you will need for the Exam. The words on this list are words that will be in the directions of the exam, or IF they are in any of the listening or reading parts, it will be assumed that you know them already. If there are any words on this list that you do not know – click the link and learn them… including their pronunciation (All words are linked to their entry on The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – Pronunciation Portal, and every word there is linked to its page on Wiktionary.org.)
- The 3000 (+) Most-Used-Words in The English Language… This is a list of more than 3000 of the most-used-words in both the spoken and written form of The Common Tongue of the English language (that means that form of English that is spoken throughout the world.
Overview Of The Whole Exam:
- The TOEFL Exam Overview… Listing all of the section in the exam with descriptions of, not only the lay-out of the exam, but also some of the philosophy behind the exam as well.
Overview Of The Reading Section:
- The TOEFL – Reading Section Overview… Further breaking down The TOEFL Reading Section – with information about its format and the different question-types.
Overview Of The Listening Section:
- The TOEFL – Listening Section Overview… Further breaking down The TOEFL Listening Section – with information about its format and the different task-types.
Overview Of The Speaking Section:
- The TOEFL – Speaking Section Overview… Further breaking down The TOEFL Speaking Section – with information about its format and the different task-types
Overview Of The Writing Section:
- The TOEFL – Writing Section Overview… Further breaking down The TOEFL Writing Section – with information about its format and the different task-types
All of the stuff you will find here, can be found at the ETS website, but good luck finding exactly what you need without first getting lost in a maze of links, and links, and more links that do not take you – in any logical way – to the information that you are looking for. Instead you will feel like you are in one of those movies where every door you go through only takes you back into the same room you were just in a moment ago!!!
Well… I have navigated the waste-land of material for you, and posted links directly to all of that which is useful to you (because I can’t simply copy and post it here due to copyright laws… besides, they way I present it is more fun anyway.) All other information on their website is either useless to you as a test-taker or can be found elsewhere on this site… in a more logical way.
- Welcome To The TOEFL iBT ™ Testing Site… A video about what a test-taker can expect when arriving at the Testing Center on the day of the Exam. The elements of the video are very good as far as the various procedures of the actual exam-day, but the actual testing centers can be VERY different than the one in the video. (For example: Don’t expect there to actually be lockers to store your things, or a receptionist with her own desk in a quiet lobby. On the contrary it could be very chaotic with all of the test-takers arriving late and all wanting to check in at the same time with one receptionist who looks like her (or his) head is about to explode from all the noise and chaos… there-fore, arrive early… and I don’t mean 10 minutes early… that is basically the same as arriving late.)
Other Stuff That Might Be Useful…
- TOEFL Preparation Materials… This is the page that lists some of the preparation materials that ETS Sells. And they are not bad, but they do not teach you any of the “tricks” on how to fulfill each task, and the certainly do not show you any of the traps which are set up throughout the exam… those are the areas that cause people with very good English skills to get NOT very good TOEFL scores.
(The Free preparation materials listed on this page are in the links above for “Down-Loads”)
- Academic Writing Skills… This (like the Note-Taking lessons) is from the Study Skills Course (below). If you are not familiar with or skilled in writing in an academic style, the definitely check-out This Course… (or just take the full Study Skills Course.)
- Note-Taking Skills… Everyone has their own method of taking notes, and the way that one needs to take notes for the TOEFL Exam will be a bit different than that same person might in an actual lecture or class-room setting. This will be covered in the various TOEFL Excellence Training Courses, however, you need to learn general note-taking skills – simply think that you could use a little practice, then try this course. It is part of a larger course on Study-Skills (below), and both may prove beneficial to you.
- Touch-Typing Training… One of the most important skills that you will also need (besides knowledge and proper usage of English) is… Typing. This is not something that can be learned from a text-book and is often-times simply assumed that the test-taker may already know how to do this. But in case that you need to learn how – simply follow This Link, and start practicing your typing skills.
- Study-Skills… This is the full course from which the Note Taking Lessons (above) are taken from. This course may prove beneficial in your over-all training for, not only preparing for the TOEFL Exam, but for the all of your educational “career. Click Here for the course.