General Description of TOEFL
TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, is probably the most often used examination in the admissions process of foreign students to colleges and universities in the United State and other countries. However, these schools often do not consider the TOEFL score as the only criterion for admission. They may also consider the student’s grades in schools which he or she previously attended and the records from any intensive English program in which the student was enrolled. All this depends on the school’s adminssion criteria.
The score which is acceptable to a given school also depends on the regulations for that particular school. Some schools require 450, 500, some 550 or 600. If you find that school requires no TOEFL score, or a very low score, it is probable that the school does not have extensive experience with foreign students, and you may find that it would be better to attend a different school. Remember that admission to a school is not the end of the battle, but the beginnig. You must be able to understand enough English to make good grades in competition with native English-speaking students. This is what TOEFL tests, and this is why schools consider TOEFL a valuable examination.
there are three section in TOEFL test:
Section 1: Listening Comprehension
Part A: Short conversations. The conversations are between two people. After each conversation, a third voice will ask a question about what was said. You must find the answer to the question in the test book.
Part B: Longer conversation. The conversations are between two people. After each conversation, a third voice will ask some questions about what was said. You must find the answers to the questions in the test book.
Part C: Oral readings. These may be about any subjuect. There are several questions about each reading or conversation. You must find the answers to the questions in the test book.
Section 2: Structure and Written Expression
Part A: Multiple choice answers to complete sentences. You must choose the best way to complete the sentence in formal written English.
Part B: Sentences have four words or phrases underlined. You must choose the one underlined part that is incorrect in formal written English.
Section 3: Reading Comprehension
You must read selections in tehe test book and answer questions based on what is stted or implied in the readings.