Greetings of the day to one and all !
I am a Mechanical Engineering Senior at the Muffakham Jah College of E&T in Hyderabad . I aspired to go to the US to do my Higher Studies, right from the day I entered into my Professional course of Mechanical Engineering. For this, the first step that was required of me , was to write the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). I had to choose between the ToEFL or the IELTS, but I was sure in mind that I wanted to take up a challenge that was exclusive and very conventional with the US Education, I chose TOEFL. Most of the people, if not all, recognize TOEFL as the oldest and the most comprehensive test of one’s English skills.
On TOEFL Test Day
So I set foot on the exam center and was ready to take the challenge on the D-day – THE 8th of MAY 2010. Before I start off, I would like to share with you, my scores in the exam:-
- Reading: 25
- Listening: 22
- Speaking: 26
- Writing: 29
Total TOEFL Score :102/120
TOEFL Test Prep
Let us analyse my score later. For now, let me give you a hindsight into my pre-exam preparation:-
The May-June Season is a busy season for engineering students in this part of the world. We have exams, assignments, lab records to deal with, so I was not very wise in choosing my date, but I didn’t want to disturb the momentum and so went ahead with the exam. To be honest, all I did for ToEFL was to carry the momentum that I had picked up while studying for the GRE ( My GRE was sometime before my TOEFL). I just glimpsed at the TOEFL Test pattern of the exam and went for the exam.
TOEFL: Analysis of scores
As you may notice, it seems as though I have missed on the usually considered “easy” areas, viz-a-viz, Reading and Listening; this can be attributed to my bad home work.
This bad home work elaborates to : Not enough practice tests, Not a very close study of the pattern etc. On the other areas : I was satisfied with both the performances. One more thing :On the speaking section ” I used a very neutral accent that I was comfortable with”. As for writing, I love writing and made the most of my time with a very verbose essay, an essay which was a concoction of real life examples and easy vocabulary.
How to Crack TOEFL iBT
If I were to summarize what TOEFL is : It is a test that can be cracked if you have studied, made use of English in your life for almost all your life (:-) It is very sensible to say that if you are from a good school and have had a good knowledge of all aspects of English (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing), you can easily score the dream 100 mark. Added to it, if you have been preparing for GRE and other competitive exams (Like CAT, JMET etc..), TOEFL can be more easy.
To conclude, I would stress on the fact that I, through my article, would never under-rate the TOEFL in anyway, for TOEFL’s always been a test for serious takers and a test that’s been respected for ages for its most balanced way of assessing an individual’s over-all English language skills. So if you think that you can crack TOEFL without any proper preparation, think again.
Thanks to Mohammed for sharing his TOEFL Test Prep Tips.