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General info about how the TOEFL works. Learn all about retaking the TOEFL, TOEFL test dates and scores, how the TOEFL compares to other tests, and more.

Predicting Your TOEFL Score

Almost every time I teach a TOEFL session, someone asks me to predict their score. It seems like a reasonable request—after all, it seems like your entire academic and professional future is depending on this one number between 0 and 120, so it’s natural to want to know how sure you can be of receiving […]

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How the TOEFL Scoring System Works

For many non-native English speakers who want to earn a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL is a must. But unfortunately, the TOEFL score scale isn’t the most straightforward. So hopefully I can make it a little bit clearer for you. How are TOEFL scores derived? Like any standardized test (e.g. […]

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What to Expect on TOEFL Test Day

Test day can be very stressful, so it helps to know beforehand exactly what to expect. So, you’ve studied hard, you’ve read our last minute TOEFL tips, you feel confident about your English skills and taken a few TOEFL practice tests, and you’ve arranged for your test scores to be sent to universities. Now, here’s what to […]

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TOEFL Scoring

In my post called “How is the TOEFL Scored?” I talked about the details behind the score you receive. Now, let’s look at some practical considerations about scoring. Take a wild guess First of all, unlike some other standardized tests, the TOEFL does not penalize you for guessing. In other words, a wrong answer doesn’t […]

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Lucas Takes the TOEFL

Any good test preparation teacher should know the test they help students prepare for, and that means actually taking the test occasionally. So on November 22nd, I did just that. I took the TOEFL in order to share my experience and thoughts with students. Yes, I’m a native speaker, and no, I didn’t need to […]

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How Much Does the TOEFL Cost?

The registration cost for the TOEFL iBT varies from country to country, and sometimes even from testing center to testing center. The test fee can be anywhere from 160-250 USD, but in most places it’s around $200. If you don’t study (bad idea) or borrow your study materials (better idea) and register on time (great […]

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Register for the TOEFL

The Paper-Based Test It used to be the case that the TOEFL was offered about once a month. If you are in one of the following countries, this is still true for you: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, […]

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Things to Consider Before a TOEFL Retake

If you think about it, taking the TOEFL is really a relatively quick and painless way to prove your level of English. It allows schools to outsource the vetting of international candidates, which ultimately frees up the resources for them to consider more candidates; it’s cheaper than an interview, and less time-consuming (for you and […]

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