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erdtek
01-21-2003, 10:53 PM
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The Days Before the TOEFL-
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I took 2 Preparation tests from Barron's. I got the nearly equal scores.
Listening - 8 errors, Grammar - 0/1 error/s, Reading - 4 errors
I knew that after 1 week I will take the TOEFL, but that did not bother me at all, as if my future doesn't depend on my scores. I even wasted my time playing volleyball, listening to music and browsing the internet. There were also some family problems to be solved. So, I did not do something useful in the days before my exam except reading few essays and taking the PowerPrep. Oh, I received th worst score on Listening - 16 points. I have no idea why, ,I know that this is my worst part of the exam, the I got 21 points for my relief. Acctulally my first PowerPrep exam gave me the range 193-247. I cannot remember the second one.

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I woke up early, got my grammar and reviewed nearly everything I had studied. In the afternoon I went for a walk, but went back home because of the cold, read again few harder-for-me essays.

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The Night Before the TOEFL
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At 9:00 pm I tried to fall asleep but coudn't. I was rolling in the bed and was thinking about my friends, how they would feel if I leave Bulgaria. I was thinking about my family, my imaginary future life, my failure or success and so on. I became sweaty and could not sleep for 7-8 hours, then I had to get up and get on the train. My exam was at 2:00 pm, I got an earlier train (7:05 am) taking into account that if something would happen, I would be able to get on the next train or get a bus to my test center in Sofia. I put on my clothes and my rucksack in which were some essays to read in the train. I went out went to the station during that horrible night.

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The Hours Before the TOEFL
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I sit down on some seat in the train, put my rucksack near me and sighed. Then I accidentally heard an old woman saying "Is this the train to Dimitrowgrad?" and I thought "Old woman :)", but the reply was "Yes". Then a chill shivers went down my spine, I rised and asked "Isn't this the train to Sofia?" and they replyed again "No". OMG, I am in the train in the opposite direction, I got my rucksack and get off the train immediately. I ran to my train and get on it. At last. After few minuntes the train moved off. I supposed that I would write on some essay of number 100-185 and I begin reading the essays from number 116. After 3 hours reading and 1/2 hour relaxing the the train arrived at the station in Sofia and I get out at the station. My damned day continued with vain attempts to call my friend from seven telephone booths. However the 8. booth and the piece of advice of an old lady to put a coin in the phone were the beam of light I saw. After 30 minutes alone in Sofia I met my friend and his sister and we found where is the test center. I was told to arrive at 1:00 pm (1 hour before my official exam). By then, I had a mercurial conversations
with my friends ...

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[COLOR=Green]The Listening part(30 Qs). There were 11 short questions and the other 19 - long. If I am not wrong, I was given a question from PowerPrep! (about a woman that helps a man, who has missed some course or something). There was one very long conversation. As I was thinking that it is to its end (there were a pause) and I had understood everything, the conversation continued and I misunderstood the last part of it.
Themes: Geography - Pangeau? ; Urban ... ; Campus Conversation ; In the library ; about an animal that makes predators go away from its nest

There wes give to choce 3 answers from 5 !

The Grammar (20 Qs). Everything was OK until I blocked up and spent about 2 minutes on that question. Then I became angry and may misanswered another question.

The Reading (55 Qs). Absolutely Very Easy Reading. Almost all words were well-known. I thought I'll have no wrong answers but in fact I got 26 points. Too Disappointing!

Themes: Diamond - qualities ; Different ways of silver making ; rattlesnakes sounds ; New York development in the 1830-1840's ; horses, useful for nomades;

I had a question : which is the oppsite of nomedes --> people who lead settled way of life

Words with my answers: lashed to = tied to ; placid = calm ; staggering = astonishing (crowded, important) ; moreover = additionally ; range of = scope

There was such this EASY question :

That reffers to ? in this sentence: Its buzzing is similiar to that of an insect.

The Essay. I was given 108. theme :
"Some people believe that the best way of learning about life is by listening to the advice of family and friends. Other people believe that the best way of learning about life is through personal experience. Compare the advantages of these two different ways of learning about life. Which do you think is preferable? Use specific examples to support your preference."
I wrote it fast, and wasn't thinking very much what I had been writing. I think that the organization was good.

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The Hours After the TOEFL-
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I poured out my Coca Cola on my jacket. I had a problem with a telephone booth. I missed my bus stop. Such a bad day and night !

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I had a headache ...

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The Day After the TOEFL --
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Relieved ... Refreshing ...

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No TOEFL ... No Problems

I prepare my documents for Germany. I have the requirements :)

Thank You All For The Contribution ! :D
This Is The Best Forum Ever Been !



[COLOR=Red]Subject edited by Erin for new change/utility.

Erin
01-21-2003, 11:18 PM
Score, score, score, score, what's your beautiful score??? (Just waiting to say CONGRATS!!)

Beautiful story, by the way. Nice reading!! :)

erdtek
01-21-2003, 11:35 PM
If someone has a problem with the pic ---> 237 is my score

P.S. This score is a result of my preparation from the beginning of the 2002. You can asume that I hadn't got almost any previous knowledge of English until then. I took the test on the 26. of Novemer 2002.

Erin
01-22-2003, 12:29 AM
Nice sig erdtek!!

About the pic--you're the only one who can see it! It's on your hard drive. If you want to email it to me, I can upload it, or you can upload it somewhere and link to it. Our forum doesn't yet have the capability to upload images. :)

ttaann
01-22-2003, 05:36 AM
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Congrats!!![/SIZE]

Your story is so nice, I realy enjoy it. :cool:

Thank you so much for your report. It will help me a lot for my TOEFL prep. :p

All the best for your admission to Germany. :)

erdtek
01-22-2003, 09:23 AM
Erin,
Message Sent

ttaann, thank you :)

hamidspam
01-22-2003, 11:52 AM
that was a beautiful story. do you think the old woman part was God sent? i do not have a good grasp of TOEFL score yet but i guess it should be good for Erin to say 'nice'. accept my congratulations. all the best in your academic pursuits.

be good.

vertical_horizon
01-22-2003, 01:05 PM
Long time no see, dear Niki :)!

What an emotional story!


At 9:00 pm I tried to fall asleep but coudn't. I was rolling in the bed and was thinking about my friends, how they would feel if I leave Bulgaria. I was thinking about my family, my imaginary future life, my failure or success and so on. I became sweaty and could not sleep for 7-8 hours, then I had to get up and get on the train.

I suppose I could understand you, to some extent. We are both 18. There exist a lot of things we have to, or at least we should, think about at this age. Our dreams are young and we can't still be sure whether they'll take us where we want to go...

Anyway, congrats on the score. You are truly a wonderful sudent!


This score is a result of my preparation from the beginning of the 2002. You can asume that I hadn't got almost any previous knowledge of English until then. I took the test on the 26. of Novemer 2002.

Wow! 11 months for a new language! 237 is absolutely not a bad score at all!


The Essay. I was given 108. theme :
"Some people believe that the best way of learning about life is by listening to the advice of family and friends. Other people believe that the best way of learning about life is through personal experience. Compare the advantages of these two different ways of learning about life. Which do you think is preferable? Use specific examples to support your preference."
I wrote it fast, and wasn't thinking very much what I had been writing. I think that the organization was good.



Interesting!!! I also got topic 108!!! What is your essay score?


I prepare my documents for Germany. I have the requirements

I am sure you will do very well there ;)! BTW, are you studying computing?

-phuong-

PS: Yeah, as hamid said, the old woman might have been some kind of angels who always appear at the right time and in the right place to help good students :D! remind me of some folk tales :p... very interesting!

PS': Ah, can we make friends? Don't you have a Yahoo ID? Okey write to me at phuongled@hotmail.com :). One more thing, the page http://erdtek.hit.bg is so slowly-downloaded!

Erin
01-22-2003, 07:34 PM
Okay, everybody should be able to see your score now! So I guess this is a good time to say...


[dance] [tm] Congrats!! [tm] [dance]

raghuveer_v
01-23-2003, 12:21 AM
Yes, Congrats on your score erdtek, and a really nice story!

All the best.

cool signature, by the way! Nice to see "sanskrit" is getting more popular.

erdtek
01-23-2003, 07:09 AM
raghuveer_v, thank you :), when I saw your signature and the one of Erin, I deceided to expand the "sanskrit" understanding. In fact, I cannot clearly understand it :D

vertical_horizon, thanky you too :), I intend studying computer science. My web site is on bad BG server, which is not designed for foreign countries. Unfortunately I found it out after uploading :yuck: :). I do not have Yahoo ID, we can contact via e-mail :)

hamidspam, thank you :), I'll try my best !

Erin, :) [^] [tm]

vrushali
01-24-2003, 06:04 PM
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