TOEFL training
The Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one of the most common tools used to assess individuals’ English-language fluency. Designed to accurately gauge test-takers’ abilities in academic English, TOEFL scores are accepted by over 10,000 universities in over 150 countries. 90% of universities in the UK accept TOEFL scores as evidence of applicants’ English language proficiency, and nine out of ten American universities prefer it to other English language tests. For anyone who is a non-native English speaker interested in pursuing higher education at an English-language college or university, a high TOEFL score is essential.

However, if you’re not planning on applying to an English-language university, you might still want to consider preparing for and taking the TOEFL, particularly if you’re interested in working abroad. Here’s why.

Many Countries Require Proof of English Fluency for Those Seeking Work Permits

Anyone applying for a visa to live and work in Australia, for example, is required to demonstrate their English proficiency as part of the application process. This is to ensure that those moving to Australia on work permits have at least a level of English fluency sufficient to function in a professional environment. TOEFL scores are accepted as fulfillment of this requirement, though the specific level of proficiency required varies by visa.

As of 2016, New Zealand also accepts TOEFL scores as proof of fluency for those applying to immigrate under the Skilled Migrant Category. To qualify for a skilled migration visa, applicants are required to obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 79.

For those hoping to live and work in either country, then, a good TOEFL score is essential.

TOEFL preparation in USA

A high TOEFL score could be a first step towards getting your work visa for Australia

How the TOEFL iBT Test Works

The TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) is administered online but must be taken at one of ETS’ many authorized testing centres, which offer a range of testing dates throughout the year.

The test requires students to use all four skills involved in language comprehension and communication: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. While the test is divided into four sections corresponding to these skills, individual questions might require students to combine these skills in various ways, to demonstrate their proficiency. Students might be expected to listen to material before answering a question in writing, for example, or to read a prompt before answering verbally.

While the test itself has no passing or failing score, institutions set their own expectations and limits within the range of possible scores of 0-120. When applying for most Australian work visas, for example, a minimum proficiency level of “competent” must be met, which requires a score of 64, with specific minimums that must be met in each section. A higher score, however, can add points to your application, improving your chances of being approved, which is why applicants should consider TOEFL test preparation before taking the test.

TOEFL Training is the Best Way to Prepare

TOEFL-specific training is the best way to prepare for the TOEFL iBT. With a combination of personalized instruction to improve any weak areas in a student’s language abilities, simulated computer tests to prepare students for the actual exam, and practicing test-specific skills like how to guess the meaning of vocabulary words based on context clues, TOEFL training can help you feel confident and prepared, with the skills you need to ace the test and secure your visa to work abroad!

TOEFL test preparation

TOEFL test preparation can equip students with valuable test-taking strategies

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