Exam preparation

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an English test that is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is used to evaluate a non-native English speaker’s proficiency in the English language.

English-speaking country-based colleges and universities, as well as a large number of institutions, agencies and companies, ask for official TOEFL test scores during the admissions process and the required TOEFL scores for admission vary from institution to institution.

The TOEFL tests

It is worth knowing that there are two different kinds of TOEFL test: the TOEFL iBT (which stands for internet-based test) and the TOEFL PBT (paper-based test). There is not a great difference between these two tests, but the integrated tasks in the speaking and writing part make the TOEFL iBT look slightly more difficult.

The PBT Test

In the TOEFL PBT test, you can get a minimum score of 31 and a maximum of 67 in each section; total score can range from 310 to 677.

The iBT Test

In the internet-based test, each section has a minimum score of 0 and a maximum of 30, so the total maximum score is 120, with anything above 80 being considered a good score.

Both tests are divided into four different sections (reading, speaking, listening and writing).The score you will be awarded upon completion will be valid for two years. If you are not happy with your score, you can retake the TOEFL test as many times as you wish, though only once in each month. If you want to prepare yourself to get the score needed at the first attempt you are in the right place!

TOEFL test preparation courses

If you want to take this course you need to have a B1 level of English of the Common European Framework Reference. If your level of English is lower than the minimum requirement we would suggest you take a General English course first, then start your TOEFL test preparation course, or you can combine TOEFL with General English to progress faster in your studies. If you are not sure what your level of English is, we can help you in assessing your level and suggesting the learning path that best suits your skills and needs.

The TOEFL test Preparation Course at LAL is a 60-hour course (30 hours in Cape Town) that takes place over 4 weeks (15 hours per week), from Monday to Friday. The course has a maximum of 10 students and uses the Official Guidelines for the TOEFL Test made by ETS, the creators of this exam.

The TOEFL test course will cover the following areas during the 4 weeks: Reading (Week 1), Listening and Speaking (Week 2) and Writing (Week 3) – all of which are taken on the computer. The final week of the course is dedicated to practice tests.

Although English grammar is not specifically addressed, the four skill areas all require a good level of grammar and structure. Throughout the course, students undertake three full length authentic TOEFL practice tests as well as mini tests. The course has been designed to prepare you to tackle any academic task in both your higher education pursuits or in your professional life.


Where to take the TOEFL preparation course?

If the TOEFL certificate is what you need, then you just need to choose where you would like to undertake the course. LAL Language Centres run this course in Boston, Cape Town and Fort Lauderdale.

Learn English online

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to practice more outside the classroom on the LAL Advantage online learning platform, available for you at no extra cost. Even when you leave the school, you can continue to use the online platform for three months.

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