Online Resources To Help Candidates Prepare For TOEFL
Software to Help You Prepare for TOEFL
In the current scenario, you cannot think of going even a step towards preparing for any exam unless you take help of prep software and the Internet. These allow us to get access to information about a test and the various test prep materials that are available online. The preparation also demands preparing with software. No doubt, you can also prepare with books as well. However, if you have a combination of some of the good books along with some of the most effective software, you can prepare for this exam more effectively.
The various software that will help you in preparing are as follows:
Lexile Analyzer: This software analyzes your reading comprehension level using the Lexile Measure and guides you to select books for reading according to your level of comprehension.
How does the Lexile Measure work?
In order to utilize the Lexile Measure, you have to write down your reading score that you have obtained from the reading test in the TOEFL iBT. Lexile Measure will immediately display a Lexile score corresponding to the score that you have supplied to it. In addition, it suggests a Lexile range. The lower level represents the 25th percentile of reading comprehension level for different categories of books and the upper level of the range represents the 75th percentile. Based on this range, the Lexile Analyzer will suggest different categories of books for you such as University textbooks, online reference articles, US workplace books, online newspapers etc. Along with your Lexile score and score range, a graph is plotted. The graph will be plotted with the 'different categories of books' on the X-axis and 'Lexile scores' on the Y-axis. The graph so obtained demonstrates difficulty level of the different categories of books. You can search for a category of books according to your Lexile score range. Suppose that you have obtained a reading score of 18 in a test then the corresponding Lexile score will be 1215L and Lexile score range will be 1115L to 1265L. This 1115L represents that you can understand 25 percent of the reading materials of a particular category of books and 1265L represents that you can understand 75 per cent of a particular category of books. You can browse through the following web page: http://www.lexile.com/toefl/ to get detailed information about this software.
TOEFL iBT Test Sampler: This software brings to you various free online sample tests. These tests are similar to the actual tests. You have to register with the official website, ets.org to get access to the online sample questions from all the four test sections i.e. the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Registration is free with the website. Remember, you cannot practice these questions more than once. It is to be noted that you can download the sample questions if you have any one of the operating systems such as Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows NT 4.0. To get more information about this, you can open the following link: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/sample_questions/.
AmEnglish.com and English: This website offers you some of the best programs that will help you in improving your English. They are:
Pronunciation in English Program: This software helps you in learning pronunciation of various English words, rhythm, intonation etc.
Writing in English: This web-based program teaches you to write correct, clear and effective English.
Idioms in English: This software hones your listening skills, strengthens your vocabulary and improves your speaking ability.
If you want to get information about the programs offered by AmEnglish.com, you can refer to the link: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/.
TOEFL iBT Test Tips: This program imparts information about the different test formats of TOEFL, the types of questions that are asked, the process of registering with ets.org to get access to online practice questions, information about the scoring pattern, Frequently Asked Questions to clear all of your doubts etc.
These software not only help you in preparing for the test but also provide you with complete information about it. Some of the software are available free whereas, some can be accessed after paying for them.