TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Test of English as a Foreign Language, popularly known as the TOEFL is a standardized English proficiency test that assesses the English Language skills of a student. The TOEFL training offered at Seek Academy, harnesses the student's skills in the areas of Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, which are examined in the test. Candidates who wish to study at an undergraduate or graduate level are required to take the TOEFL to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. The test is offered 30-40 times a year and is accepted by all Institutions in the USA and some Institutions in Australia, New Zealand, UK, and Canada. The TOEFL coaching services offered at Seek Academy provides 30 hours of comprehensive and intensive training. With a well-stocked library and extensive branch network, we ensure that our students are able to achieve the best possible scores.
We focuses on enhancing the scores of students in each section
The exam is scored out of a total of 120, with every section being scored between a scale of 0-30 with a 1-point increment.
Students must possess English language proficiency to study in USA and thus can appear for the TOEFL to fulfil these criteria. A TOEFL score of 70-80 for Undergraduate studies and 80-90 for Postgraduate studies is considered decent. Selected universities in UK, also accept the TOEFL. Canadian institutions, on the other hand, expect fluency in the English language and a TOEFL score of 80 and above for undergraduate programs and 90 and above for postgraduation programs is desirable. Our TOEFL training also ensures that those students looking to study in Australia are able to meet the criteria. Undergraduate courses seek a score of 79, whilst postgraduate courses seek a score of 90 in a student's application. If students wish to succeed in universities in New Zealand, they must be equipped with strong English Language proficiency, and thus, TOEFL scores are accepted.
Students should give themselves ample time to prepare, it is generally said that three to six months of study time is required for students to give the test. However, this time frame can vary according to one's English language skills and time they would require to prepare for the test.
TOEFL Test format is divided into 4 sections namely-
Reading -Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer 10 questions each in 54 - 72 minutes.
3 - 4 lectures 6 questions each
2 – 3 conversations 5 questions each 41 - 57 minutes(for both)
Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks, the students have to perform 4 tasks (1 independent - 3 integrated) in 17 minutes.
Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing, Such 2 tasks are to be completed in 50 minutes.
The Total duration of the entire Test Format is 4 Hours.
Reading tests candidates' ability to read and comprehend the passages, and answer the questions based on the same. It consists of 3-4 passages and each passage having 10 questions on it. It lasts for approximately 54-72 minutes.
Listening tests candidates' ability to understand spoken English that is typical of interactions in academic environment. It includes the talks and lectures of generally American speakers. There are 3-4 lectures comprising 6 questions each and 2-3 conversations comprising 5 questions each. The overall duration of the test is 41-57 minutes.
Speaking tests a candidate's ability to converse in English. Speaking has 4 questions prompts which include 1 independent speaking question and 3 integrated speaking questions. Candidates are given few seconds to think and the time allotted to speak keeps changing as per the question format. Approximately 45 seconds - 1 minute is the time limit, per question in speaking. Overall speaking test lasts for 17 minutes.
Writing tests a candidate's ability to express himself through written text. It comprises of 2 tasks. In Task 1 i.e. Integrated Writing, candidates are required to read a passage, listen to a lecture and compose a technical essay based on the passage and the lecture. Time allotted is 20 minutes. In Task 2 i.e. Independent Essay, students are given a general topic to write an essay on. Time allotted is 30 minutes.
Seek Academy offers intensive and comprehensive training services to people aspiring to obtain a desirable score in TOEFL. We have qualified, experienced and trained teachers, who impart training to our students.
How we train our students -
We conduct a mock test on the first day of training, simulating the testing conditions, to gauge where the person stands in terms of his English abilities. The individual is given the scores after the test is over. Subsequently, we start the classroom training. All the training is done on the private Computer personalised with TOEFL software.
We use, a standard book for TOEFL to conduct classroom sessions. For Reading, our teachers provide the details about various question types and explain the approach to answer the same. After introductory discussion, the passages are assigned and students are asked to complete the same.
Towards the end of each test, every question is discussed with the students and answers are explained. In this way, all seven tests are completed with students. Discussion is an integral part of Reading sessions.
Each section of TOEFL is graded on a scale of 0 – 30 in 1 point increment. Composite score is addition of all the scores. TOEFL is scored out of 120. 100+ is considered to be a good score.
For Listening, firstly the test is played non-stop and students answer the questions as they listen. Once the test is over, the answers are given explaining marking scheme. Then the same test is replayed taking pauses at every answer and explaining the same to students. In this way, the practice on seven tests is completed.
For Writing part, firstly the types of questions are explained with essay-writing guidelines. Students are made to practice all the essays of Integrated and Independent types from the book. Each essay is assessed and guidelines are provided to make the essay better.
For speaking part, one-on-one sessions are conducted exactly on the lines of test and the answers are discussed after the session. Scores are given and guidelines are provided to improve the scores. After classroom sessions, mock-tests are conducted simulating the testing conditions and scores are given for each mock test.