About the course

The test preparation course is developed by the experts who create, administer, and score the TOEFL test. This course will help you understand what you can do to achieve your best TOEFL test score. Instructors will guide you through each section (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) and, using archived past test questions, will explain the kinds of questions you can expect. You will receive valuable advice, including how to register for the test, how it is scored, and how to prepare for test day.

This course is highly interactive, using videos, sample questions with explanations, short quizzes and collaborative discussion boards. You will also have access to real test materials from past tests. During the weeks covering Speaking and Writing, all course participants can receive scores for their practice-test responses.

In addition, there will be free resources and discounted test prep offers throughout the course. Finally, you will receive valuable insider tips to help you do your best on the TOEFL test so you can apply to the university or job of your dreams.

What you will learn

By the end of this course, you will learn:

  • How to improve your English language skills;
  • How to effectively navigate the four sections of the TOEFL test: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing;
  • Helpful tips to prepare you for the TOEFL test;
  • How the TOEFL test is scored;
  • How to use your TOEFL test scores for employment, study, visas and scholarships;
  • Ways to manage your time during the test;
  • Where to find additional resources available for the TOEFL test;
  • How to register for the TOEFL test.

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Who takes the TOEFL test? More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency:

  • Students planning to study at an institution or university;
  • Candidates for scholarships and professional certification;
  • English-language learners who want to track their progress;
  • Students and workers applying for visas in certain countries.

About the instructors

The host of the course, Faye Weidner, joined ETS in 2013 and has been working on the speaking section of the TOEFL test ever since. She works on development of speaking items and also oversees online scoring activities.

Cynthia Newman has worked on the TOEFL iBT speaking and reading measures since joining ETS.

Insook Chung is an Assessment Specialist in the Assessment Development Division at ETS in Princeton, New Jersey. She has been working on the TOEFL test, specialising in listening assessment, and developing the SAT Korean Subject Test.

Molly Palmer has worked as an Assessment Specialist in English Language Learning at ETS since 2013. She works primarily on the TOEFL test speaking and reading measures.

Writing instructor Shawn Gorman holds a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from Boston University. He also taught French and English at the high school and university level in Europe and the United States for nine years.

Michael W. Knab is the host of “Inside the TOEFL® Test” video series and a frequent contributor to the ETS TOEFL blog, “Study. Learn. Live.” He joined ETS in 2002, and has been part of the TOEFL team in various roles since 2007.

Duration: 13 weeks, 2-4 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Faye Weidner, Cynthia Newman, Insook Chung, Molly Palmer, Shawn Gorman, Michael Knab, Kathleen Fletcher, Elizabeth Jenner, Ashley Woodrow

Institution: ETS


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