Four steps to success
Every year thousands of Indian students go abroad for technical, management and other higher studies, which opens up new vistas for their career. The number of students taking to the foreign university has been increasing with the passage of every year.
However, getting admission in any institute or university of repute is not a cakewalk. One needs to fulfil certain minimum criterion, including good marks and proficiency in English language, for getting into foreign universities.
So, if you have scored well in your examinations, you must hone your English-language skills so as to make to foreign universities, as most of them follow English as medium of teaching and curricula.
When it comes to Englishlanguage exams, the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the most widely accepted assessment, which is recognised by more than 8,500 institutions in more than 130 countries.
With the TOEFL test, one needs to take only one English-language assessment, if he/she wants to study in Australia, the UK, Canada, or the United States, as it is accepted at nearly every higher education institution. Moreover, the test can be completed in one day.
The TOEFL IBT test is the Internet-based Test (IBT), which was introduced in 2005. It is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country.
The TOEFL IBT test is divided into four sections: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Here are some useful tips to help you do your best:
Learn more about a favourite topic and share what you learned with a friend.
Listen to podcasts, recorded lectures, and read articles on your favourite travel destination. Determine the main idea, major points and supporting ideas being presented. Present what you learned to a friend or family member.
Find a speaking partner, preferably with an original English speaker or try an online video chat.
The more occasions you have to speak English, the more familiar and comfortable you will become. Create your own vocabulary cards and carry them wherever you go. It's a great way to practice and pass the time. Pull them out while travelling and use your time well. Summarise and paraphrase reading passages. Use outlines to assist in organising your ideas. Practice reading to improve your comprehension. Become familiar with reading and answering questions on a computer screen, as this will make you familiar with the format used for the TOEFL IBT test. Read a short article from a newspaper or magazine aloud. Give a one-minute oral summary of the article. Express your opinion regarding the article. Do you agree or disagree with the content presented in the article? If there is a problem discussed, outline a solution. Practise pronunciation. Speak slowly, annunciating every syllable. Watch your favourite television show. Write a summary of the episode. Explain the television program, the way it made you feel, and how it was similar or different from the past episodes. Have a family member read your essay.
The ETS (Educational Testing Service) TOEFL programme offers numerous free resources to assist you in studying for the test including:
TOEFL Go Anywhere website(www.toeflgoanywher e.org): a website dedicated to assisting students in mastering the TOEFL test, including free sample test questions available at TOEFL TV Channel on You Tube (www.youtube.com/user/toe Fltv/featured): benefit and learn from videos sharing best practices and study tips regarding English language learning and the TOEFL test from English-language teachers, students who have taken the TOEFL test, as well as universities and colleges around the world. Remember the things you need at the test centre such as valid photo ID, water and a snack. Pack your bag the night before and set an alarm. Have a good rest the night before. On test day, be sure to eat breakfast. Wear comfortable clothes and keep in mind it may be cold.
ETS has put together helpful test day tips for you at http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/content/whatexpect-test-day.