18 de Março de 2021 -
Hello, my friend! How are you? I'm Felipe Dib and my mission here is to see you prepared for TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language.
We all have plans and dreams, and when it comes to English language skills, TOEFL is the most important test to show how good your English is. That happened to me when I was in high school in New Zealand, when I went to Oxford and also at Georgetown University, in Washington - DC. From the thousands of students we have, here are the most common goals:
Have fun with family and friends;
Work abroad and save money;
Study at an international university;
Find a love;
Make new friends;
Discover new places;
Have better opportunities;
Be free to travel around the world;
Have a better salary;
Universities and companies worldwide check your TOEFL score to know the level of your English. Different from many people think (and, unfortunately, say), you don't "pass" or "fail" at TOEFL. You just have a score based on your performance of the test. The higher your score, the more possibilities you have, my friend.
This preparation is going to give you an insider's view of the four sections of the test. We'll follow exactly the same sequence of your TOEFL: Reading Section, Listening Section, 10-minute-break, Speaking Section and Writing Section. We'll navigate through 100% of test, question by question.
Important: besides knowledge, this is a resistance test, my friend. We'll have to train our persistence and concentration to do it.
Tips to get the most of this course:
Isolate distractions, my friend. Leave your cellphone on flight mode, close the door, sit comfortably and focus on your preparation;
Follow our methodology. Watch the class 3 times. First you understand, then you write everything down, and when you watch the video for the third time you repeat everything you hear in English. Listen to your voice speaking English. After doing it you answer the quiz and we'll correct your answers right away;
Comment, ask questions, participate. The more you participate, the more opportunities you have.
What do the TOEFL writers say?
The TOEFL Test has four sections - Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. All four sections are completed in one testing session, which takes about four hours.
The first section is Reading. The Reading section has three or four passages of about 700 words each. For each passage, you will answer 12 to 14 multiple choice questions. You will have 60 to 80 minutes to complete the Reading section. And during that time, you can return to previous questions to review or change your answers.
Next, is the Listening section. For this section, you will wear a headset to hear the conversations and lectures. There are two or three conversations. Each is about three minutes long and has five multiple choice questions. There are four or six lectures, each of those about three to five minutes long and has six multiple choice questions. In the Listening section, you will only hear the conversations and lectures one time. Also you must answer the questions in the order that they are presented. In this section, you can't go back to previous questions. You will have 60 to 90 minutes to complete the section.
You probably notice that in the Reading and Listening sections, the testing time
and number of questions can vary. That is because every test includes some extra questions that are being evaluated by ETS for use in future tests and do not count toward your score. So, your test will either have extra Reading questions or extra Listening questions, but never both. And you won't know which questions are the extra ones so make sure you do your best on all of them.
After the Listening section, there is a required 10-minute break. So use the time to have some water or a snack and refresh yourself for the rest of the test.
After the break is the Speaking section. The Speaking section has six tasks and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Some tasks require you to listen to part of a conversation or lecture, so you will continue to use your headset. Some also require you to read a short passage. For each task, you will be asked a question and will be given a short time to prepare your response. Then, you will speak into the microphone on your headset for 45 to 60 seconds, depending on the question.
Last, is the Writing section, in which you will complete two writing tasks in 50 minutes by typing your responses into the computer. In the first task, you will read a passage and listen to a short lecture, then write your response. You will have 20 minutes to write your response. In the second task, you will be asked your opinion on an issue and you will have 30 minutes to write your response. And that's it.
Here we go, my friend! If you're familiar with our 3-minute-long classes, this preparation will be a very good opportunity to improve your focus and concentration because (yes, I have to tell you) the videos and texts will be much longer. If you get tired just breathe and keep going until the end of each class, ok?
I'm here to serve you. You can talk to me on my cellphone +55 67 9 9646-1112.
All the best and see you next class,