TOEFL Test: What Does TOEFL Stand for?
TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. If you
haven't completed your secondary or university studies in an
English-speaking institution, you will probably have to take the Test or
English as a Foreign Language.
The Structure of TOEFL: What Type of Test Is TOEFL?
Let's check out the nuts and bolts of the test. There are four major
sections: Listening, Structure (grammar), Reading and Writing which last
a total of 2.5 to 3 hours. However, as with the GMAT, you can expect to
spend more than that at the test site- count on about 4.5 hours. The
test site is the same as for GMAT, and so are the registration and
scheduling procedures. Here's the overall breakdown of the test.
The TOEFL is scored on a scale from 0-300, though you may have heard
about scores in the 600s. Don't be alarmed. These "TOEFL on steroids"
scores refer to the old pre-CAT scale (used before July, 1998) which was
200 - 677. Some people still quote on that scale, so it's a good idea to
have average score would be 213 (550). More competitive scores should be
above 250 (600), which indeed are the scores requested by the top MBA
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The Difference Between GRE and TOEFL: GRE Vs TOEFL
Luckily, TOEFL scoring is built around computer adaptive principles
similar to those on the GMAT or GRE, so you'll be wrestling the same
type of animal. However, don't take the similarities too far. For
instance, reading comprehension on the TOEFL is very different from what
we saw for the GRE. And that's just the beginning...
In fact the greatest difference is one of purpose. The GMAT was
originally designed for native English speakers (Americans specifically)
headed for American business schools, whereas the TOEFL is designed to
test the language proficiency of non-Anglophones who intend to study any
subject at any level of the American university system. GMAT test-takers
share similar goals - HBS, six-figure salaries, leather office chairs
and lots of business class miles - while TOEFL people are as diverse as
the world itself. Whether they want to study Italian opera at Julliard,
ancient Chinese literature at Princeton, or underwater basket weaving at
Bubba State, they all take the TOEFL. Even people with superb,
beautiful, nay, Shakespearean English, have to take the TOEFL. You might
be a fluent English-speaker, have a British spouse, work in an
English-speaking environment, and spend every weekend down your local
Irish pub, but you still need a secondary (high school) or university
studies completely in English. Otherwise you'll have to take the TOEFL.
TOEFL Prep Strategies
But the wide variety and large number of test takers can work to your
advantage. Remember, this is a standardized test, and so you'll have a
limited number of variables to prepare. True, you won't have any contact
with a real person to show off the fancy idioms you learned on your last
trip to the U.S. nor will you have a chance to argue that, well,
actually you've heard your cousin in Texas say it that way. You will
only have four answer choices to choose from. And you may not agree with
any of them! So, you'll need to learn what the test writers want to hear
(which frankly, sometimes may not reflect everyday spoken English). They
pull their questions from a specific pool comprising a limited number of
grammar points and listening, reading, and writing question types. If
you know what these are, you'll be able to anticipate them and answer
them correctly. But don't expect to get them all right. Not even native
English speakers can do that!