In our last article, we shared with you some reasons why you should consider the TOEFL test before applying for a scholarship abroad. In this article, however, we have proceeded to expound on 4 essential things you also need to know about the TOEFL test before adding it to your scholarship application. We hope you’ll find the content of this article very useful.
1. There are two TOEFL test types
First of all, it is important to start by mentioning that there are 2 types of TOEFL exams available for candidates to take. They are the TOEFL® Paper-based Test, in which you use a pen and paper for the exam; and then the TOEFL iBT® exam, which is taken online.
The TOEFL iBT® has more test centers around the world than the revised TOEFL® Paper-based test. The TOEFL® PBT is only conducted in areas where it’s impossible to have tested through the internet.
2. TOEFL exam centers are quickly filled
This is as a result of the high popularity of the test. Even though the exam is held as much as 50 times every year, determined by the facility available in your region, you might be unable to partake in the immediate subsequent test and be asked to wait until the next batch.
This means that you have to consider the date of your scholarship application when registering for your TOEFL test. Make sure the test is at least a month or two before your due scholarship application date. This will buy you enough time to book an exam slot and also get the results in time for your scholarship application.
3. You must be excellent with all academic skills
You are required to have impressive skills in terms of listening, grammar, writing, reading, etc. What this means is that you cannot depend on boosting your test score via say listening and vocabulary, because you know your writing skills are not as good as other aspects.
Remember, the TOEFL test is largely considered a balanced assessment and this is why it can give you an edge in your scholarship application. To develop all aspects of your academic skills.
4. The exam is more time-consuming to complete than others
It takes an estimate of about 5 hours to finish the TOEFL iBT® exam. This means you must be able to sustain your focus over an extended period of time, especially as you will be required to recall some of the listenings so as to compose an essay on it, for instance.
5. The test requires having good computer skills
Considering that the TOEFL iBT® test is fully conducted online, it is very important that you are conversant with computer usage, especially typing, otherwise you’ll find the test quite challenging.
You should keep in mind that you’ll be asked to write an entire essay within a limited time frame. Hence, the faster your typing ability, the more time you get to save to focus on the correct answers for a better score.
These five points above are some of the factors to put into consideration before deciding whether or not the TOEFL exam is an ideal addition to your scholarship application.
Let these tips above guide you in preparing for your TOEFL test, whether online or paper-based test. We wish you nothing but ultimate success in your scholarship application!