• The TOEFL iBT or IELTS, which test is best for me?

    If you are an international student thinking about applying to college or university in an English speaking country and English is not your first language, you will be required to take a standardized test to prove your English language proficiency.  There are two widely recognized tests that colleges or universities prefer:  the TOEFL iBT and the IELTS.  Unless otherwise stated by the insititution(s) you are applying to, either test will suffice – detailed information regarding admission requirements can be found on institution websites.   The content of these tests are very similar.  The biggest difference between them is that the TOEFL iBT is a computer delivered test, whereas, the IELTS is a paper-based test.  The best way for you to decide between the TOEFL iBT or IELTS is for you to take a full-length timed practice test and experience both tests first hand, before you reach a decision. 

  • Should I take the SAT or ACT? How do I choose?

    Many students begin the college prep process by asking this question.  Which test you take is completely up to you as today most colleges and universities place equal weight on both tests.  The contents of the SAT and ACT are very similar, yet factors such as time and question styles differ.  Some students do well under time pressure, whereas other students prefer extra time to think over their answers.  The best way for you to decide between the SAT or ACT is for you to take a full-length timed practice test and experience both tests first hand, before you reach a decision. 

  • On the SAT and ACT , will I be able to combine my separate section scores for a superscore?

    Certain universities still consider superscores. Of course, universities themselves decide how to calculate and evaluate superscores on both tests; thus, check for specific applications by universities.

  • Is the essay really optional?

    The essay is optional, but some universities may still require students to write one. Currently, the ACT’s essay is also optional, and universities list whether they require the ACT essay or not on their websites. They will do the same for the SAT’s optional essay.

  • Will I be able to use my calculator on the Math section of the SAT and ACT?

    A calculator is allowed on the Math with Calculator section of the SAT and on the Math section of the ACT.

  • Is there a writing section in SAT?

    There is a multiple-choice writing section, and the questions focus on grammar. However, these questions, rather individual, isolated questions, appear in paragraph form. Students need to study grammar rules, but they also need to be aware of how a sentence should fit into a paragraph. There are also questions that indirectly test students on vocabulary by asking them to choose the best word to express a particular idea.

  • My school offers an international baccalaureate (IB) program. Would it be beneficial for my overseas applications if I choose to study in this program?

    Yes, it would.

  • I want to study in the States. Do I have to work with a counselor?

    You don’t have to but it helps if you have a good counselor.

  • How important are my high school grades for admission to American universities?

    Very important! As well as high TOEFL and SAT scores, your high school grades (including the grades for the first semester of your final year) do influence the decisions of the universities.

  • Do I need to go to a summer school in America in order to study at an American University?

    It would be advisable.  Going to a summer school especially during your last summer at high school will be very advantageous as it will not only help improve your english but also provide a smooth transition to your college life in the states.

  • Do students still need to study vocabulary for the SAT?

    Yes, students are still required to study vocabulary. Although the College Board is not testing students on unnecessarily difficult words, this is still a test of sophisticated English for native speakers of English. Many students need to study upper-intermediate to advanced vocabulary and understand the possible meanings of the words in various contexts. There are many definitions for the same word, and students need to find the best definition for the context. Students need to study these words, keeping in mind that this test is still considered difficult for native speakers of English. TESTED, a vocabulary novel produced by TIPPS, can help students develop the skill of understanding an unfamiliar word using only the context to help them deduce the word’s meaning. You can find it in all major bookstores and on Amazon.

  • When do I need to decide on my major?

    Usually, students have decided by the end of their junior year, but if you haven’t decided by then, it’s probably better not to hurry. Aim for a Liberal Arts department which will give you more time to decide.

  • Is the SAT more difficult?

    The SAT has fewer questions and focuses more on concepts, but this does not mean that the test is easier or more difficult. The test gives fewer questions in less time, but these questions require a lot more reading than other  tests require, and some students may have trouble reading fast enough to answer the questions. However, fewer answers and a lack of penalty for wrong answers may make guessing easier for students.

  • When and where can I take the TOEFL test?

    The test calendar has all the dates and times at http://www.toefl.org.

    When you begin the registration process online, the official TOEFL website will give you a wide selection of test centers.

  • What is the reimbursement policy for TOEFL?

    If you want to reschedule your test, you must do it three full days in advance (not including the test day) and you will have to pay a USD 40 fee. If you would like a refund, you must cancel your registration three days in advance and you will receive half of the original test fee.

  • What does the TOEFL-IBT consist of?

    The TOEFL-IBT consists of four parts:

    1) Reading Comprehension

    2) Listening Comprehension

    3) Speaking

    4) Writing

  • What do I need to take with me to the TOEFL test center?

    Only a picture ID with your signature (valid passport or driver’s license). Everything else is supplied by the test center.

  • Where can I get the TOEFL Bulletin?

    You can download it online at http://www.toefl.org

  • Is it possible to reschedule or cancel my TOEFL appointment?

    Yes, it is.

  • How much does the TOEFL IBT test cost?

    USD 185

  • How long will my TOEFL score be valid?

    2 years.

  • How do I register for the TOEFL test?

    Log on to http://www.toefl.org, create an account, and register online or you can call the Educational Testing Services (ETS) office in Holland at 00-31-32-023 9540 or fax them at (00-31-32-023 9541). There is now a support center in Turkey for TOEFL test takers. Phone: Monday-Friday 9AM to 5PM Toll-Free 00-800-1420-32020; e-mail: [email protected]

  • When do I find out about my TOEFL score?

    Your score will be automatically uploaded to your account 15 business days after you have taken the test.

  • How do I find out about my TOEFL score?

    Log on to your account at http://www.toefl.org