Internet Based TOEFL
eneral iBT Preparation Courses improve your general English in terms of vocabulary enrichment and speed reading. Meanwhile, you will get familiar with different sections of the iBT TOEFL. This is an advanced course whose aim is to prepare students for the Next Generation iBT (internet–Based TOEFL) test. It will be based on the use of the most up-to-date information available on the TOEFL iBT. Candidates are gradually introduced to mini-iBT tests and eventually complete iBT tests practiced like the original exam in our computer-equipped language lab.
This course is not an English language course per se. Its purpose is to help students who have already obtained intermediate to advanced levels of English to strengthen their communicative skills in English. Activities will focus not on learning about English (grammar), but on the communication and integrating (combining) skills necessary to use English in an English speaking academic environment.
TOEFL instructors in our department are highly expert in their professional field.
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The changes introduced in the iBT are designed to assess test takers’ ability to communicate effectively in English, rather than simply being able to learn complex grammar rules and test-taking strategies. The test includes a speaking section for the first time, and the writing section has been expanded.
There is also an emphasis on integrated skills. For example, test takers have to read and listen, and then speak in response to a question. The authentic material is taken from sources such as lectures, study groups and text books. The structure section has gone, and grammar is instead tested on questions and tasks within each section.
Test structureReading 36-70 questions 60-100 minutes
Listening 34-51 questions 60-90 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks 20 minutes
Writing 2 tasks 50 minutes
The reading section consists of 3 to 5 passages from academic texts, each about 700 words long, with 12-14 questions for each passage. There is a glossary with definitions of key words. Question types include understanding the content of the text and the author’s intent, inferring ideas from the text, paraphrasing and understanding the relationship between facts and ideas in different parts of the passage by sorting information into a category chart or summary.
The listening section consists of 4-6 lectures of 3-5 minutes, with 6 questions per lecture, and 2-3 conversations of 3 minutes, with 5 questions each. Question types include listening for basic comprehension, recognizing the speaker’s attitude, degree of certainty, function or purpose, recognizing the organization of information and understanding relationships between ideas, making inferences and drawing conclusions, making connections, recognizing topic changes, examples, digressions, aside statements, introductions and conclusions.
The speaking section consists of 6 tasks. In the first task, the test taker must express and defend a personal choice from a given category. In the second task, the test taker must defend a personal choice between two contrasting behaviours or courses of action. 15 seconds is allowed to prepare the response, and 45 seconds to deliver it.
Tasks 3 to 6 are integrated. 30 seconds is allowed to prepare the response, and one minute to deliver it. Tasks 3 and 4 involve reading a passage, listening to a passage which comments on issues in the reading, and then summarizing the speaker’s opinion, or relating important information from both the reading and listening passages.
Task 5 involves listening to a passage and then showing an understanding of a stated problem, or giving an opinion about how to solve the problem. Task 6 involves listening to a lecture and then summarizing it or showing how examples relate to the overall topic.
The writing section consists of 2 tasks. The first task (30 minutes) is integrated. Test takers read a short text and then listen to someone talking about the same topic but from a different perspective. They then write a summary of important points from the listening passage, and show how they relate to the reading passage, in a suggested length of 150-225 words.
For the second task (20 minutes), test takers write an essay, stating, explaining and supporting their opinion on an issue, in a minimum of 300 words.
Each section is scored from 0-30, giving a total score of between 0 and 120.
Paper Based TOEFL
Goldis runs regular PBT courses. Applicants who intend to take part in MCHE, TOLIMO and PhD Entrance English Exams in Iran can also take part in PBT TOEFL courses. All four language skills are practiced and special emphasis is made on vocabulary and grammar development.
PBT TOEFL Test structure
Listening comprehension 50 questions 30-40 minutes
Structure and written expression 40 questions 25 minutes
Reading comprehension 50 questions 55 minutes
Test of Written English 1 topic 30 minutes
The listening section consists of 3-4 mini talks, 60-90 seconds long with 3-5 questions each, 2-3 extended conversations, 60-90 seconds long with 3 to 5 questions each, and 30-40 dialogues, 5-15 seconds long with 1 question each.
The reading section consists of 5 passages from academic texts, 250-350 words each, with 10 questions per passage.
In the Test of Written English (TWE), test takers write an essay stating, explaining and supporting their opinion on an issue.
Scores for the listening and structure sections range from 31-68. For reading, the range is 31-67. The average of the three scores is taken and multiplied by 10, to give a total score of between 310 and 677.
The Test of Written English is scored separately. The essay is independently rated by two assessors, and the average of the two scores is taken. An essay can score between 0 and 6, although 0 is only given if the paper is blank, the essay is in a different language, or the wrong question has been answered.