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  1. Hello everyone: I'm a TOEFL teacher and I thought this would be a good time to offer free online TOEFL lessons to anyone who's interested. We've been meeting on Mondays and Thursdays at 1800 GMT on YouTube Live. Our first few lessons have been on TOEFL Reading, and the next one will be this Monday 30 March. If you're interested in joining, feel free to DM me or simply search for our company, OneProfessor, on YouTube. Thanks, and happy studying! Best, John OneProfessor TOEFL
  2. Hello I am new to the forum! I am aiming to apply next fall. As an international student I have to submit my TOEFL scores, and I have just got mine. Total: 108 Reading: 26 Listening: 27 Speaking: 27 Writing: 28 While each of the components looks good, I am a bit worried about my total score. What do you think? Thanks!!
  3. Hi tehere, i am preparing for TOEFL but i can not find a reference book. Help me please..
  4. Hello everyone! I am actually wondering whether the TOEFL IBT - At-Home edition is applicable for Masters Graduate programs in USA for fall 2022. I have seen some university sites where it was shown they do not accept At-Home editions of the same and that we should give the test at the allotted centres only from ETS. Also there are some uni sites where it is not explicitly mentioned anything about accepting the At-Home edition or the regular one. There are also some sites where they have given both options. Thats why I am confused as to what I should choose- At-Home edition or the regular centre driven test. Also there are two options for TOEFL - IBT and ESSENTIALS. I have seen a lot of forums differentiating these too as well it is given on the ETS website. But I am not able to understand well. If I want to pursue MS in USA should I give IBT or ESSENTIAL? I know these questions seem to be simplest but I just cannot understand these and thus I am writing this post. I would really appreciate your replies! Thank you.
  5. Both the passage and the professor discuss the impact of the internet on today's society. In contrast to the reading passage which emphasises on the adverse impact of the internet, the lecturer focuses on the positive change that the internet has brought to our society. According to the passage, the internet is making people less adventurous and innovative as they depend more on the internet to look for solutions to their problems. The passage also mentions that the internet has adversely impacted the attention span and one's ability to focus on a task. The reason for this is the distractions due to advertisements, hyperlinks, etc. Due to this, people are losing the capacity to understand things well. However, the lecturer contradicts all the points mentioned in the passage. According to the lecturer, the internet is instead making people smarter. Research shows that the IQ of the people in the area with better internet access has increased by up to 10 points in the last 20 years. It proves that access to more information is making people smarter. Also, the internet has helped school students as they have access to unlimited information so they don't have to rely only on the information shared by the teachers. The lecturer also discusses the improvement in the attention span. People have become much better at multitasking. And also it is seen that kids with access to more information about their favorite topics have a longer attention span. To sum up, this is how the listening passage causes doubts on the points made in the reading passage.
  6. I'm a master's student in economics in Brazil and I intend to apply for some PhD programs in economics this year. I did TOEFL and GRE. On the GRE my grades were good, I got 170 in the quant, 163 in the verbal, and 4.5 in the Analytical writing. However, on the TOEFL, I had a problem in the writing (I got 19, I think my arguments in the independent text were contradictory), but I did pretty good in the other parts (30 in the reading and listening and 24 in the speaking). So, my overall was 103, which is above the 100 that the greatest universities generally require. Moreover, I am only intending to apply for universities in which the TOEFL requirement is an overall score (like Berkeley that the minimum requirement is 90, Columbia that the minimum requirement is 100 or UCSD that the minimum requirement is 80). Do you think that I need to retake the TOEFL just because of my grade in the writing? I would not like to take it again because it is an extremely expensive exam here in Brazil and it's extremely stressful.
  7. paopao


    Hi guys.. i am from Indonesia. I am new member in this forum. I want to practice my English especially for my TOEFL exam. I hope that I can share and get something useful here. best regard
  8. Hello everyone, I hope you doing okay. I am little apprehensive since, It is my first time in this website and, I do not have an enormous knowledge. So, I will start with introducing myself my name is Abdulrahman form Yemen my English level is upper-intermediate, I like almost everything in life and my test is at my step door. thank for hearing me emotions in advance, what I am looking for is someone who his TOEFL is within a month and, he is eager to practice speaking, reading, listening and writing via Skype, in addition to that we will provide each other with helpful advices and suggestions as well. so if you want to join me list your name, country, level, and the link of your profile and you will be added. :)
  9. Hey all, We've put together some videos to help students study important TOEFL vocabulary. We hope these are useful! Good luck! Common TOEFL Vocabulary: Advanced TOEFL Vocabulary:
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    Please help

    Hello, myself Sukhada Pradhan from India. Recently, i tried to log-in to my TOEFL account. I had forgotten my username, so i used the, 'Forgot username' feature. When, i typed my email ID for further process, i received an error saying,'Multiple accounts exists' I didn't understand how to fix it, as i have only one ETS account for TOEFL and other one is for GRE. I want to send additional score reports from my TOEFL account. Please help me to Log-in! Thank you!
  11. Hello, myself Sukhada Pradhan from India. Recently, i tried to log-in to my TOEFL account. I had forgotten my username, so i used the, 'Forgot username' feature. When, i typed my email ID for further process, i received an error saying,'Multiple accounts exists' I didn't understand how to fix it, as i have only one ETS account for TOEFL and other one is for GRE. I want to send additional score reports from my TOEFL account. Please help me if anyone here has any idea how to fix this!Thank you!
  12. Greetıngs from turkey I am yunus and workıng ınternatıonal company about human rıghtsI am looking for someone who wants to ımprove speakıng skılls. amd prepare for toefl exam. Please contact me ıf u are ınterest in.(B1 B2)
  13. Hello I am Anan Afrida. I am from Bangladesh. I am thinking of preparing for the TOEFL exam. I am going to apply for US colleges this fall 2020 to the undergraduate programs. So I will be needing this test. Just to introduce myself. I am happy to join this community and would love some help on TOEFL:)
  14. Hey, I am from India and I am writing TOEFL on 13th June. I have a fair knowledge in English and looking for a partner to hone my Speaking and Writing Skills. Hit me up if you are interested. Thanks!
  15. Hello all, I am looking for TOEFL iBT study partner. I am having my test date on June 25,2020. I have an upper intermediate level of proficiency in English. I need some help with my speaking section. .
  16. Hello all, Am preparing for TOEFL IBT, speaking partner Userlogin: achuthapedireddy1 - Approximated English level: medium - Target TOEFLSpeaking score: 26+ - Software: Skype - Native language: Indian -Availability: Weekends( 9am-6pm) Weekdays( 11am-6pm) EST
  17. I am new to this forum, so "Hi" to all. I have my TOEFL exam in four days. Can someone please help me with the speaking section ? Can i find any speaking partners here?
  18. The world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, accepted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, can be your key to achieving your academic and professional goals. We provide requisite assistance to those who, for one reason or another are unable to take the test or obtain the required band scores demanded by institutions, employers or embassy. Contact us through the details below to know more about our services; Telegram: Registraboard (Whatsapp: +1 (513) 620—6443)
  19. The world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, accepted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, can be your key to achieving your academic and professional goals. We provide requisite assistance to those who, for one reason or another are unable to take the test or obtain the required band scores demanded by institutions, employers or embassy. Contact us through the details below to know more about our services; Telegram: Registraboard
  20. Hi all, looking for study partner for TOEFL. Is someone interested?
  21. Hi all, Having received my TOEFL scores just yesterday, I figured it would be helpful to those out there preparing to sit the TOEFL IBT. I should start my saying that I am from a country whose native language is English. However, with that being said, I stressed out so much over this exam, so I understand how nerve-wrecking it can be for those who have another foreign language. *Preparation* I had exactly one month to prepare for the Toefl. As I had just completed another exam, I took the first 4-5 days off and didn't really go hard with my studying till the last two weeks, and especially the last week. I had purchased the official toefl prep book from the website which I went through first. I found it to be quite overwhelming for two reasons. First, the written English in the book was complex as it is; I ended up restarting before I started the practice exercises as I didn't quite catch their learning points. I did have a tiny hiccup with the listening section as I wasn't given the audio files but these were emailed to me pretty fast. They have the audio written down if you want to read as you listen to really understand the language. I didn't practice the speaking and writing sections as I thought it would be better to start with youtube videos. There are really good Toefl prep videos on youtube, specifically by a Professor Joseph who works at Notefull. Definitely watch them and nail those tips! Despite being an English speaker, I have severe test anxiety so I focused a lot in this area. When I'm nervous, I speak fast. I had to drastically change this as it made my speech lose order, made it seem like I was missing out words, going wrong with pronunciations, and especially made mistakes. I used Notefull's tips on how to approach the speaking sections. Then just practiced everyday. It is tempting to bring in a lot of information in hopes of scoring higher. Take it from me, it's more important to slow down even if that means you'll lose detail. As long as you answer the question, you're fine! I also did some research and bought a one month access to a learning platform called Bestmytest. The reason I bought this was to have an expert answer my questions, and most importantly, review my spoken and written English. This platform was super helpful in my opinion. Not only was the personalized feedback helpful (you get a set number of reviews but you can purchase more), but they had a host of excellent features: 1. Of course, expert help which highlighted my flaws. Their response time was really quick. 2. Additional videos and written tips. 3. Progress tracker including the percentile of each completed section, a score board to monitor your performance based on your ideal score and an excellent breakdown, especially in the Reading section, of which question type you are really struggling with. Mine was the insert the questions and gist content questions for which I sought further help from experts. 4. A massive question bank; practice makes perfect, remember that! 5. Additional lessons that really dig into the foundation of the language. 6. I found the questions quite hard, and the expert feedback to be very constructive and non-lenient with scores which prompted me to really smooth out the rough edges. This prepares you for the worst case as I was pretty much fighting to get up to my target scores during preparation. The last week, I focused on my weak points. I didn't learn anything new; just practiced. My written English is my strength but I still focused copious amounts of time getting Bestmytest's written template etched into my memory. If found myself to be quite tight with time, leaving under 2 minutes for a complete review. I had to improve this. Naturally, the introduction took the longest as you're thinking of what to write. Below are the strategies I employed: 1. A short introduction. I tend to introduce 2-3 ideas I'll be dedicating a paragraph to in the passage. I start off with one idea and start writing the main body. This gave me time to think of the second paragraph. I would then go back to the introduction to write it down, lest I forgot. This allowed me to think of ideas and make my introduction specific. 2. For those who struggle with detail, try this: a neutral approach. For example, you may be asked if you agree or disagree with a learning style. I would dedicate the first paragraph to 'agree', with an example, the second to 'disagree', with an example and the third (if I can), a combination of how the learning style, which I disagreed with can still work and how, even though I agree with the learning style, an issue it has. Give examples. 3. Conclusion is quick; summarize the main points. There are many ways to end a conclusion but I like ending it with a thought provoking sentence which I haven't discussed. 4. Try to learn complex words which are general and can be applied across a range of topics. When used right, they really boost your score. Tips on speaking: 1. Slow and controlled. 2. I downloaded a free voice recorder app with a playback and timer feature to train me to speak within the time limit and allow me to listen to how I would sound to the examiner. I highly recommend this as my partner and I listened back and caught potentially significant errors I didn't realize I was making. 3. The Bestmytest platform offers expert reviews. I practiced a few questions of each question type and sent one of each type for review. 4. Whilst recording, it is tempting to start again when you make a mistake. Avoid this as you cannot start again on the day. I employed a method of adding a 'sorry' and restarting the sentence where I made the error. This allowed for correction and hopefully mimimized confusion. With that being said, avoid getting to this stage. If you speak slowly, you are less likely to make errors. It's all about practice. 5. Try to be less generous with time when practicing. I gave myself 5 less seconds per section. This allowed me to get my main points in on time just incase I end up wasting valuable seconds on the day. On the day, I had time left over which I let run out. This is a luxury as I had said my main points. Plus, this also allows you time to add crucial points that you missed. I found the listening section to be the easier one during practice but did find this section the hardest on the day. This was quite weird for me as my learning style at college and university was to write down pretty much everything the professor said. I gained my speed of writing whilst listening this way. Here are my tips for it: 1. Even if you find a section to be easier, don't overlook practice. A way to force you to get the practice done is to work on full mock exams. When I purchased the official Toefl guide, I also got access to 4 practice tests. I left these for just before the exam. They are the closest representation to the exam with difficulty level and on screen experience. 2. Practice listening and writing. If you don't have friends that speak English, go to a Starbucks or other cafe. Just sit and write down conversations you hear (non-private ones of course), and the exchange between the cashier and customer etc etc. Find your own place that gives you access to a wealth of conversations by English speakers. The next time you watch an English movie or tv show, practice writing! 3. If you miss some information, forget it. Move on. Or you'll miss more. I ended up making a lot of educated guesses. 4. Underline words you think they'll ask you questions on. As far as timing goes, this section is stingey. It is very important to find information fast. Underlining words helped me locate the right sentences faster. Overall tips: 1. I learnt the entire content in a quiet study area but went to the library in the last week to get used to working with noise as there is a high likelihood of noise on the day. 2. Get to your venue early. My exam was really early (8am) plus you need to get there at least half an hour before you start. I had issues with rush hour traffic and confusing location so I ran into the venue panicking. Practice getting to the venue and definitely adjust your sleep cycle the last two or three days, to wake up for the exoected time on the day of the exam. 3. Added bonus: if you get there before other students, you can start earlier which means you reach the speaking section quicker, therefore, will be less distracted by the noise. I was distracted in the reading section by noise as you all test your microphone before starting. Also, get used to wearing headphones while practicing. They genuinely help with minimizing audio distraction on the day. 4. The actual exam may be longer. I had an extra exercise in the Reading and Writing sections. When preparing, really make use of your day to get used to the long duration of the exam. I know it's a lot I have written but that's just because I understand how daunting the entire process is. Find your own additional strategies which only come with practice. I'll finish off with my scores: Reading: 24 (when preparing) -29 (actual) Listening: >25 (when preparing) -25 (actual) Speaking: 26 (when preparing)- 30 (actual) Writing: 28 (when preparing)- 30 (actual) I wish you all the best! Just keep practising! In my opinion, it is worth investing in study materials and expert help as retakes will be so much more expensive. Practicing really calmed me down too. Many fail because of nerves, not because of lack of knowledge. Train yourself to leap over this pit; let your confidence guide you to success!
  22. Reading Passage: In an effort to encourage ecologically sustainable forestry practices, an international organization started issuing certifications to wood companies that meet high ecological standards by conserving resources and recycling materials. Companies that receive this certification can attract customers by advertising their products as "ecocertified." Around the world, many wood companies have adopted new, ecologically friendly practices in order to receive ecocertification. However, it is unlikely that wood companies in the United States will do the same, for several reasons. First, American consumers are exposed to so much advertising that they would not value or even pay attention to the ecocertification label. Because so many mediocre products are labeled "new" or "improved," American consumers do not place much trust in advertising claims in general. Second, ecocertified wood will be more expensive than uncertified wood because in order to earn ecocertification, a wood company must pay to have its business examined by a certification agency. This additional cost gets passed on to consumers. American consumers tend to be strongly motivated by price, and therefore they are likely to choose cheaper uncertified wood products. Accordingly, American wood companies will prefer to keep their prices low rather than obtain ecocertification. Third, although some people claim that it always makes good business sense for American companies to keep up with the developments in the rest of the world, this argument is not convincing. Pursuing certification would make sense for American wood companies only if they marketed most of their products abroad. But that is not the case—American wood businesses sell most of their products in the United States, catering to a very large customer base that is satisfied with the merchandise. Listening Transcript: Narrator: Now listen to part of a lecture on the topic you just read about. Professor Well, despite what many people say, there's good reason to think that many American wood companies will eventually seek ecocertification for their wood products. First off, consumers in the United States don't treat all advertising the same. They distinguish between advertising claims that companies make about their own products and claims made by independent certification agencies. Americans have a lot of confidence in independent consumer agencies. Thus, ecologically minded Americans are likely to react very favorably to wood products ecologically certified by an independent organization with an international reputation for trustworthiness. Second point—of course it's true that American consumers care a lot about price—who doesn't? But studies of how consumers make decisions show that price alone determines consumers' decisions only when the price of one competing product is much higher or lower than another. When the price difference between two products is small—say, less than five percent, as is the case with certified wood— Americans often do choose on factors other than price. And Americans are becoming increasingly convinced of the value of preserving and protecting the environment. And third, U.S. wood companies should definitely pay attention to what's going on in the wood business internationally, not because of foreign consumers, but because of foreign competition. As I just told you, there's a good chance that many American consumers will be interested in ecocertified products. And guess what, if American companies are slow capturing those customers, you can be sure that foreign companies will soon start crowding into the American market, offering ecocertified wood that domestic companies don't. My essay: The lecture explains why American consumers would be open to buying "eco-certified" wood products. The passage preceding the lecture contains three reasons why American consumers won't buy those products, but the lecture provided further evidence which if true, can invalidate the argument presented by the passage. The first reason provided by the passage is that Americans do not take advertisements seriously. The lecture challenges that statement by mentioning that is not the case for all advertisements. While people might not believe the advertisement claims made by the company itself, they seem to trust the claims made by international certification agencies. So, if Amerian wood companies obtained such eco-certifications, their consumers would believe the advertisements that claim the companies provide eco-friendly products. The lecture also mentions that Americans might be willing to pay extra for eco-certified products. While it is true that American consumers are concerned about the price of a product, under certain circumstances, it is not the only factor they consider while purchasing products. According to the lecturer, when price difference is small (about 5% or so), the consumers consider other factors too. The additional price incurred due to obtaining eco-certification is a small increase. Also, these days, Americans are concerned about the environment. So, considering these factors, the author concludes that Americans might be willing to pay for environment-friendy products. The last argument is about American wood companies and the international market. The passage says that American wood companies don't have to enter the international market as the domestic market is large enough. But, the professor argues that they need to enter the international market. He says so because he believes that to survive in the competitive market, international expansion is necessary. Moreover, if American companies don't adopt the eco-friendly policy, international companies may take over the domestic market. In this way, the lecture opposes the points made in the passage.
  23. For this task, you will write an essay in response to a question that asks you to state, explain, and support your opinion on an issue. Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 300 words. The quality of your writing includes the development of your ideas, the organization of your essay, and the quality and accuracy of the language you use to express your ideas. You have 30 minutes to plan and complete your essay. Some parents forbid young children from owning smart phones (cell phones with Internet access), while others disagree and believe that they are important tools for keeping in touch. Which point of view do you think is better, and why? With the advent of smart phones, the question of whether or not they should allow their children to own smart phones at a young age arises in many parents' minds. Some parents forbid young children from owning smart phones and some parents choose to allow, I agree with forbidding them from using smart phones. Smart phones have brought immense benefits in today's world to the human kind, but they come with their fair share of disadvantages. Young children fall prey to such dangers, and must be protected from these disadvantages of smart phones. Smart phones are extremely addicting. Once a child starts using a smart phone, they fail to realise the amount of time that passes by whilst using it. The plethora of games and social media sites have made it very tempting to use smart phones all the time. The different suggestions provided by the complex algorithms make it all the more difficult to resist. I have seen my cousin who is 7 years old ask her mother for her phone so that she can play the popular game "Subway Surfers". This wastes a lot of time and energy of her's, and is not necessarily productive. Since children are very influencible, they do not realise the harm these games and websites are causing. Thus, addiction is a severe issue that should considered before allowing young children to have their own smart phones. Addiction is not the only threat to a child from a smart phone. Another threat, and possibly more risky, is the danger from predators that prey on the innocence of young children. These predators often influence or brainwash the children via websites. Many kidnappings have occured because the child does not suspect the danger. Giving children their own phones, without parental supervision, increases the chances of such unfortunate incidents occuring. To avoid such situations, children must not be given smart phones; and if given, they should supervised and educated about these such incidents, and how to avoid them. Smart phones can be very useful as a technology, but they increase the dependence of an individual on smart phones, and reduce their own thinking power. Calculators, in-built in the smart phones, provide fast and easy math calculations; but increased reliance on calculators may diminish the ability of a child to think on their own. Similarly, GPS provides routes from source to destination, but reduce the memory dependence of the user. The user need not require to remember routes to places anymore. It can be said that technology, as easy as it makes our lives, hampers important development in a child if given access to at an early age. Thus, giving smart phones to young children will provide benefits such as keeping in touch and easy access to sources of knowledge, but also exposes them to numerous threats. The advantages come at a cost which is not worth the risk. Children should not be given smart phones at a young age so as to avoid such problems.
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