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TOEFL in person and online - what to choose?


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TOEFL in person and online - what to choose?


TOEFL tests the knowledge of American English , and the certificate confirms the level of proficiency at the B1-C1 level according to the accepted European standards. Testing can be taken online or in person with examiners, and many are wondering which test format to choose. Let's try to figure out what is the difference between electronic and paper versions.

TOEFL paper version

Testing for skills: the ability to delve into written speech, highlight the main thing

  • Assignment: read 5-6 small texts, answer 50 questions on them, explain the meanings of words in the context of a certain passage
  • Time: 55 minutes.

Skill Assessment: Speaking English Comprehension in North American Pronunciation

  • Assignment: listening to a block consisting of a monologue with 12 questions, short and long dialogues, choosing the correct answers to 5-6 questions
  • Time: 30 minutes for the whole block.

Speaking skills testing

not available in paper version.

Grammar

  • Tasks: fill in the gaps in the sentences, choose from the selected parts of the sentence grammatically incorrect.
  • Time: 25 minutes.

Written speech

  • Write an essay on a given topic
  • Time: 30 minutes.

Online version of testing

Testing for skills: the ability to delve into written speech, highlight the main thing

  • Assignments: 3-4 texts of about 700 words, you need to read the material and choose the correct answers to 12-14 questions in the text
  • Time: 20 minutes for 1 text.

Skill Assessment: Speaking English Comprehension in North American Pronunciation

  • Assignment: listening to the lecture block and 1-2 blocks with conversations, choosing the correct answers to 5-6 questions
  • Time: 10 minutes for each passage with the task.

Speaking skills testing

  • Reading two monologues to choose from and expressing your point of view about what you read. Each story is followed by a question to be answered
  • Time: 45 seconds for answers to the first two tasks and 60 seconds for the next ones; in total, the stage takes 20 minutes.

Grammar

there is no block, the skill is checked throughout the testing.

Written speech

  • Write two compositions: express your opinion on the proposed topic and, on the basis of one read text and one listened to, find out how the texts relate to each other.
  • Time: 20 and 30 minutes.
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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