29 September, 2011


Hi all,
I just got my TOEFL score from LBPP LIA yesterday, and it isn't perfect but beyond my target so i'm quite happy with it. It was my first TOEFL ever, and i took it because it is one of many requirements i have to complete for admission  to an educational institution later. Some friends told me that maybe i should join the preparation class to have a bigger chance of getting the better score. Unfortunately, it wasn't in my budget and i didn't have the time anyway to join the class. I just hope that my years of reading textbooks, watching English movies, listening to English songs and chatting with few foreigner friends would do the trick.. ^^

The test itself consists of three major parts :
  • Listening Comprehension - Measures ability to understand English
  • Structure & Written Expression - Measures ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English
  • Reading Comprehension - Measures ability to understand nontechnical reading matter

Listening Comprehension was a nightmare, it has three types of conversations we have to listen carefully. 
First type or Part A, we will hear short conversations between two people. After each conversation there will be a question about the conversation. In part B we will hear longer conversations, and in part C even longer conversations. 
I said it was a nightmare because we have to super concentrate for each conversation since they will not be repeated, and we are not allowed to take notes about the conversations.

Structure & Written Expression was the easiest part for me. There are two types of questions in this section, with special direction for each type.
  • Structure consists of incomplete sentences. Beneath each sentence there are four words or phrases, we shall choose the best one to complete the sentence.
  • Written Expression part has questions with four underlined words or phrases in each question. We have to identify the one underlined word or phrase that must be changed in order for the sentence to be correct.

Reading Comprehension
In this section we will read several passages, each one is followed by a number of questions about it. The answers are based on what is stated or implied in the passage. I know it sounds easy, but believe me it is not. :D

Understanding Your Scores
Test scores include three sections scores and a total score. Each correct answer counts equally toward the score for that section. There is no penalty for wrong answers. The total number of correct answer is called the 'raw score'. 
The raw score for each section is converted to a number using TOEFL scoring chart. The final scores are reported on a scale from 310 to 677. I will be using my own scores for example.
  • In section one, my correct answer is 43, the converted score is 60
  • In section two, my correct answer is 34, the converted score is 58
  • In section three, my correct answer is 43, the converted score is 58
  • Sum all of the converted scores, 60 + 58 + 58 = 176
  • Multiply it by ten thirds, (176 x 10) / 3 = 1760 / 3 = 586,66667 = 587
My final or total score is, 587. You can check the TOEFL scoring chart right here.

Cheating / Unacceptable Behavior
The test supervisor may cancel the scores of anyone who:
  • takes a test book or answer sheet from the testing room
  • attempts to take the test for someone else
  • gives or receives assistance during the test
  • fails to follow instructions given by the supervisor
  • reads or works on one section of the test during the time allowed for another, or continues to work after time is called
  • makes any marks or underlines words in the test book or make notes in the test book or on the answer sheet
  • takes dictionaries, other books, notes, recording or photographic devices into the testing room
  • creates a disturbances or behaves inappropriately
  • copies test questions or answers
  • cheats in any other way

If you are planning to take the test any time soon, i hope you will have enough description about it from my experience. Just believe in yourself, don't be too nervous and..good luck! ^^

source : official TOEFL handbook

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