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TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language, is an exam that was created to evaluate a person’s ability to effectively communicate in the English language. This form of testing is currently used by approximately 6,000 academic institutions in over 100 countries as a way to determine if you are able to understand English well enough to take instruction in it. This is a necessary test to pass if you wish to study abroad in an English speaking country. If you are uncertain about your English language skills or you just want to give you existing skills a boost then TOEFL online language training is a great way to boost your confidence.

TOEFL online language training is a preparation service that pairs you with a native English speaking teacher who will evaluate your current level of proficiency and suggest areas for improvement. They will then work with you extensive to help you build strength in those areas that you are week. Usually, they will give you sample test questions that can be found on the TOEFL exam and then evaluate your answers to see how well you did with making comparison, expressing an opinion, summarizing, putting forth an explanation, speculating, analyzing and other verbal skills you need to effectively learn and participate in an English teaching environment.

Since you will be working with a native English speaking teacher, they will be able to help you with your word choice, intonation, and sentence construction which will help boost your speaking confidence. A good TOEFL online language training program will provide you with detailed feedback as well as suggest additional material you can study to improve your skills. This tailoring of your training program ensures you get only the instruction you need to help you pass the test and become a better speaker rather than force you to redo areas where you are already proficient.

Taking TOEFL online language training is the perfect complement to an existing English learning program. Because the training occurs online, you can do the work anytime it is convenient for you to do so. Therefore, if you are already bogged down with a full class schedule, you can work on your online training in the comfort of your home whenever you get a free minute. You are not tied to a class schedule and you won’t need to go out of your way to an instruction facility. Enhance your English speaking skills and get the confidence you need to pass the TOEFL with an online training course.
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TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language, has been formulated by the US based ETS, to test a candidate's proficiency in English, so as to enable application to a university in an English speaking nation. The TOEFL is compulsory to apply to a university, but it does not guarantee admission, which is based on other equally important factors. 

The TOEFL score is accepted by more than 2000 universities in more than 130 countries worldwide. Anyone is eligible to appear for the test. It has two formats – Internet Based Test (iBT) and Paper Based Test (PBT). The test can be taken anytime during the year. It is the most flexible test regarding when it can be given, how often it can be taken, and where. 

Registration for TOEFL is open 24x7, but you should try getting registered at least three months prior to the preferred test date as seats get filled up. The registration closes officially three business days before the test. In case you wish to reschedule or cancel the test, it has to be done three business days in advance. Online registration is the best option, though you can also register on phone, by mail or fax. 

The TOEFL paper is made up of four segments - Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. The total time taken for the test is roughly four and a half hours. You cannot skip a question in the iBT format as the next question will appear only when the previous has been answered. There are different sets and difficulty levels of the exam. When you have answered a question, the next question will be on the basis of the level of difficulty of that question and your ability to handle difficult questions. Thus different candidates attempt different questions based on their proficiency level. 

The Reading Section is a 60-100 minute long section. It has between 36-70 questions, which include 3-5 passages from academic texts that are approximately 200 words long each. Each passage will have 12-14 questions. The score for this section ranges from 0-30. 

The Listening Section is 60-9- minute long, with 34-51 questions. It comprises of two parts. The first part comprises of 4-6 lectures each of 3-5 minutes, with 6 questions each. Some of these lectures may be classroom discussions. The second part consists of 2-3 conversations, each around 3 minutes long, and having 5 questions each. This segment has a score range of 0-30.

Speaking Section, which is a 20 minute segment, includes 6 tasks. Two tasks will ask you to express your opinion on a familiar topic. The rest four tasks are based on what has been read and listened to. The score is between 0-4, which is later brought to scale. 

Writing Section having 2 tasks, is a 50 minute section. The first task is to write an essay on what has been read and listened to; the second is to write in support of an opinion on a given topic. Score range is 0-5, brought to scale later on. 

The total score of TOEFL is out of 120. You will be sent four scores – the total score, the score of Listening Section, score of Reading Section, and the score of Speaking and Writing Section. Ideally the score sheet reaches you within a period of 2-4 weeks. 

Your scores will be sent to four universities by ETS, which should be specified before the test. And the test score is valid up to a period of two years after the test has been attempted. 

There are a huge number of training institutes and courses available to help in preparation for TOEFL . You can get enrolled in one of them. Also the ETS specifically provides test preparation material. This includes free sample question papers, practices tests, interactive skill building programs, detailed information and tips to crack the TOEFL, information to understand the test, its format and how to answer effectively, time management. This official material form the official source is the best for preparation. It is essential to understand the format wholly to avoid confusion on the test day and maximize scores. 

TOEFL is an exam format that grants opportunity to students to study in an English speaking nation which include the much sort after destinations like USA, Canada, UK. Because it is flexible and open to all, and is accepted by the best universities across the globe, it has a huge enrollment.
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Exams are no fun! For most of us, they never have been. But what choice do we have? That's all we spend doing for a good deal of our student life. Truth is, as cumbersome as it may seem when you're in that student phase, it's only later in life that you will realize the worth of all these exams. After all, haven't we all heard what it means to have a degree? Don't get me wrong, being book smart isn't all that there is to life. Being street smart is just as essential if you're looking for survival in the real world. The bookish temperament just makes you slightly more aware. The GRE is merely one of those exams that takes you one step closer to that awareness as well as your degree.

Basic Overview of the GRE

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), an online exam which can be taken all over the country, is offered to students all through the year. The reason this exam is an important one is because it is a prerequisite at a lot of graduate and professional schools when you are looking to apply to either one of them. As a matter of fact, even applying for a scholarship program can often mean a requirement of GRE scores. Bottom line, the GRE is an important test. Now comes the big question regarding how to study for the GRE. In order to figure out the best way to study for the GRE, you should begin by getting a slight idea regarding the GRE score scale. Once you have that figured out, everything else will seem a lot easier.

Tips on How to Prepare for the GRE

First off, are you completely aware of the format of the test? If not, here it is. The GRE is split in three sections to measure your skills. The first is analytical writing, the next is verbal reasoning, and the last is quantitative reasoning. The analytical section mainly evaluates you on abilities concerning your explanatory skills. Your essay must be clear enough to put forth your thoughts and ideas efficiently. The verbal reasoning section is mostly about comprehension skills. It checks your ability to analyze the given written material. Lastly, the quantitative reasoning section lays stress upon problem solving abilities pertaining to data analysis, algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. Now that you are conversant with the break up, we can move on to how to study for the GRE.

How to Study for the GRE Verbal
Study like you're appearing for the exam at that very moment. The verbal section of this exam is further broken into Antonyms, Analogies, Sentence completion, and Reading comprehension. When studying for the antonyms, the first thing to bear in mind is that every word given could have more than one meaning, in which case you have to think of everything before jumping to mark an answer. E.g. A word like 'distant' could mean far apart, as well as reserved. Hence, it is of utmost importance that you fully understand the word as also the meaning of the options provided to you. A good technique though is to think of possible antonyms before you even look at the given choices. This is a surer way to achieve accuracy.

Following this section is the analogies. It could be said that this section requires a very logical mind. A good way to work around this section is by creating a common link between words given. 

E.g. Triangle : Quadrilateral
  1. Cone : Cube
  2. Rectangle : Octagon
  3. Pentagon : Hexagon
Since this is an easy example, what according to you should the right answer be? The right answer is pentagon : hexagon. Reason being, the sequence followed in the number of sides these figures have. Since a triangle has 3 and a quadrilateral has 4, it's only logical that the five and six sided figures should follow, especially since there is no real connection with the other options.

The next section to focus on is sentence completion. A great way to get through this section is by trying to fill in the blank with words that seem to fit the context, even before you've taken a look at the suggested options. If that doesn't seem like a helpful method for you to resort to, go ahead and look at the given choices, while mentally fixing each of them into the given sentence. The one that seems to fit the best should be your answer. However, if for some reason you do not understand the meaning of a particular word, try combinations of prefixes or suffixes that seem like they fit. Hopefully this will help you out.

Finally, you get to the reading comprehension section. For this section, make sure you read the given passage / extract well. Mark key words or important words. These will act as a good reference guide when answering questions. Also make sure you read the questions only after you've read the passage. If you think you haven't understood a certain question, skip it and get back to it later. Maybe answering other questions will give you hints for the one you are unsure about. Lastly, the most important part of this section is, not to assume! Do not base any answers on assumptions. All answers must be based on matter that is either clearly stated or implied in the given text.

Without a doubt, the verbal section is all about good vocabulary, so make sure you strengthen your vocabulary, if you've decided to give this exam a go.

How to Study for the GRE Math
The math section in the GRE is split into Quantitative Comparisons, and the Standard Multiple Choice. When working on the multiple choice questions, make sure not to spend too much time on the initial questions. They are easy and do not require much time. Work quick so as to have more time for the tougher problems. Other useful tips and tricks are always a good idea. Use shortcuts when it comes to calculations. Detailed calculations aren't a necessity if you know shortcuts. As for the quantitative comparisons, it's quite like all that you learned in high school. The easy questions in this section are generally so easy that the answers will be apparent on a close look at the problem. Also, try not to spend time solving, instead lean to compare. It's less time consuming. Simplify both sides instead of comparing, and you'll get to the solution without much agony.

All said and done, make sure you spend at least two months while preparing for the GRE, and you'll sail through just fine. All you gotta do is, put in sincere effort. So study hard, and do well. Good luck for your GRE attempt!
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