Discount TOEFL Registration for Test-Takers in India
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by TOEFL Resources
2d ago
People in India planning to register for the TOEFL might want to check out this page on Leverage Edu.  There you can buy discounted vouchers for the test.  The vouchers cost ₹12674.99, which is better than paying  the regular price of ₹17000.  After paying for the voucher, just enter it during the registration process on the ..read more
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I Don’t Like the New Princeton Review TOEFL Guide
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by TOEFL Resources
2d ago
The Princeton Review is the first major publisher with a TOEFL book that matches the new format.  I ordered a copy for myself but, sadly, the new edition isn’t great.  It looks like the editors rushed the book to market and left the job of updating it half finished. Practice questions for the new “Writing ..read more
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On the Predictive Usefulness of IELTS
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by TOEFL Resources
4d ago
  Wonderful new article (free to read) in “Educational Research and Evaluation” this week by Rachael Ruegg.  It examines the IELTS test and the in-house language test of a certain New Zealand university, and explores how well scores from those tests can predict academic success at the undergraduate level.  The article suggests that the predictive ..read more
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More on TOEIC Cheating Scandal
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by TOEFL Resources
5d ago
Over at The Guardian, Amelia Gentleman continues her excellent reporting on the TOEIC cheating scandal in an interview with London MP Stephen Timms. Of the evidence of cheating provided by ETS to the Home Office, he says: “Surely somebody in the Home Office seeing that should have said: ‘Hang on that can’t be right, that ..read more
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IDP Half-Year Results (6 Months Ending December 31, 2023)
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by TOEFL Resources
6d ago
IDP Education has released its fiscal results for the half-year ending December 31, 2023. The report indicates that the IELTS was taken 902,000 times in those six months, a drop of 12 percent compared to the same period last year. The report indicates that this drop was due to lower test volumes in India. I’ve ..read more
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TOEIC Cheating and Deportation Scandal Back in News
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by TOEFL Resources
6d ago
The TOEIC scandal is back in the news, as test-takers have presented new evidence which they hope will clear their names. You know, when people ask why I’m such a cranky old man when it comes to language testing I often point to this case.  It demonstrates that testing firms still have an outsized impact ..read more
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How Much do University Folks Know about Language Tests?
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by TOEFL Resources
6d ago
There is a new ETS Research Report that looks into how university staff know about the TOEFL test. It focuses on three groups of stakeholders – admissions officers, faculty in graduate programs and faculty in Intensive English Programs. The report is fun because I’ve always assumed that the amount known by everyone involved is “not ..read more
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Financial Support for Korean Test Takers
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by TOEFL Resources
1w ago
The ETS page on Naver has information about how young-ish people in Korea can get financial support to cover their TOEFL test fees.  Applicants should be unemployed (or perhaps under-employed). Support is currently available to residents of five districts in Seoul, and to residents of various cities across the country.  Keep an eye out for ..read more
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New Book: Comprehensibility in Language Assessment
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by TOEFL Resources
1w ago
There is a new book from the British Council authored by Parvaneh Tavakoli and Sheryl Cooke called “Comprehensibility in Language Assessment”.  You can download the PDF at no cost.  The book describes some of the current approaches to assessing comprehensibility (sometimes feature driven, other times based on a holistic sense of understanding) and suggests new ..read more
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Changes to Free TOEFL Prep Materials
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by TOEFL Resources
1w ago
It is worth noting that with the launch of the TOEFL TestReady platform we appear to have lost access to the 28 free “writing for academic discussion” questions that everyone really loved. Also gone are the free “additional practice” questions formerly included in the TOEFL Go app. We’ve also lost the free full-length practice test ..read more
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