Are you a non-native speaker of English who needs a TOEFL score for university or a professional certificate? And have you heard a lot of horrible things about the TOEFL? Then it is time to demystify the TOEFL! Most learners who want to prepare for the TOEFL are so afraid because the test is said to be very long, extremely hard and so difficult that it is impossible to get the full amount of points (120 points). So why even try?

Don't get deterred so easily! It may be true that the test is very long, but here is the good news. If you prepare for the test, make yourself familiar with the same type of questions that are always used for every single test and build invaluable test taking experience, you will be able to arm yourself with effective strategies and learn how to "beat the test". Moreover, once you know what score you need, you will also understand that you do not have to get the full amount of points, but only a fraction (around 80 points) to be successful.

The ETS TOEFL iBT® is an internationally recognized test that is accepted worldwide. You can take the test as often as you like and your test score is valid for two years. Having a TOEFL score will open a lot of doors for you and it is easier to train for the TOEFL than you think. The TOEFL tests your ability to use and understand English at university level. The TOEFL consists of four parts: reading, listening, speaking and writing (a maximum of 30 points per skill), but it also evaluates how well you combine these skills. 


You will read several reading passages and answer multiple-choice questions about each reading passage. You will have 60 -100 minutes to complete the reading section. 


You will listen to several lectures and campus-related conversations and answer multiple-choice questions about each listening passage. You will have 60 -90 minutes to complete the listening section. 


You will complete 6 speaking tasks in just 20 minutes. Your answers will be recorded. You will be asked to express your opinion or to summarize, compare and comment on what you have read and heard. 


You will complete 2 writing tasks. One writing task requires you to compare a listening and a reading passage, while the other writing task is a classic essay in which you express your personal opinion and experiences. 

You can learn how to master those skills and how to develop strategies to "beat the test". Here are 5 STEPS you can take to demystify the TOEFL and to conquer these tasks successfully: 

1. Go to the official ETS TOEFL website and read about the TOEFL: 


2. Download a free sample test and take the test at home:  


3. Record and bring your test results to World Class Languages and get a TOEFL score from an experienced TOEFL teacher at an affordable rate.

4. Discuss your score with an experienced TOEFL teacher and purchase a package of lessons tailored to your needs and your individual situation.

5. Be prepared, know what to expect and take the test with confidence. 

Do you have any questions? Speak with an expert today. We can help you "beat the test" and pave your road to academic success in the United States.

About the author: Renata Urban is a professional, resourceful and patient language and communication skills trainer with many years of experience in ESL and foreign language training, test preparation and intercultural training. Having grown up bilingually (English and German) and having studied several foreign languages throughout her life (Italian, French and Spanish amongst others) has deepened her understanding of problem areas when learning a foreign language and how to solve these issues. Renata specializes in test preparation and has gained invaluable experience in preparing non-native speakers of English for the TOEFL and all Cambridge ESL tests. She will customize the training to her students' individual needs and go the extra distance to help them succeed. Renata is an empathic training professional, passionate about languages and intercultural communication, helping learners achieve their goals and making a difference in people's lives.