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Q&A from the TOEFL Propell Workshop, April 2019

Q&A from the TOEFL Propell Workshop, April 2019

Last month I was fortunate enough to get invited to the most recent Propell Workshop for the TOEFL iBT Test. This workshop is given occasionally by ETS to provide information and assistance to TOEFL teachers. If you happen to be a TOEFL teacher, I do recommend attending the workshop. While a lot of the information …

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The Best TOEFL Books of 2019

The Best TOEFL Books of 2019

It has been a long time since I wrote about the best TOEFL textbooks on the market. That’s because I generally dislike most of what is available. Generally speaking, TOEFL textbooks are inaccurate and unhelpful. However, this used to be the most popular section of my blog, so I guess it is about time to …

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Changes to the Official Guide to the TOEFL (Chapters 4 & 5: Speaking and Writing… plus tests)

Changes to the Official Guide to the TOEFL (Chapters 4 & 5: Speaking and Writing… plus tests)

This will be the last in my series about updates to the Official Guide to the TOEFL (5th Edition). Let’s start with chapter 4 (speaking): Page 171: The reading part of speaking question 3 is now described as 80-110 words long. In the fourth edition it was described as 75-100 words long. Page 175: The …

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Changes to the Official Guide to the TOEFL (Chapters 2 & 3: reading and listening)

Changes to the Official Guide to the TOEFL (Chapters 2 & 3: reading and listening)

Alright, here’s a list of changes to Chapters 2 and 3 of the Official Guide to the TOEFL (fifth edition). Starting with Chapter 2 (reading): Page 37: the book now mentions that you can skip questions and come back to them later. Page 38: The 5th edition says there are 12-13 “Basic Information and Inferencing …

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What do the TOEFL Independent Writing Questions Look Like?

What do the TOEFL Independent Writing Questions Look Like?

Most students have a pretty good understanding of what the two TOEFL writing questions require them to do. Everyone knows that the TOEFL independent writing question asks them to write an essay that describes their personal opinion about a given topic. Moreover, they all know that the integrated writing question asks them to compare an …

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