1. Moneim Elshobaki says:

    I agree with you. That test does not measure the true ability of its takers.
    Do not worry about reading and listening, it’s luck belive me.
    wait a good score for you.

  2. I get very low scores on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) needed to study in USA back in the late 6os. I can only imagine that my CV made up for my low scores. I hate force choice tests.

  3. I had to take the TOEFL and the GRE to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. It was still paper-based until the late 1990s or so, when I took them. Though I scored very high, I hardly think the TOEFL needs much prep. Like all standardized tests, it’s not a true determinant of one’s academic abilities, I believe.

  4. Danica says:

    Simon: low scores and look at you now – great professor! I loathe these kind of tests too.

    Alakananda: iBT doesn’t need too much preparation (assuming you really know English) but the form and technical bugs makes it really tricky

  5. Paul says:

    I found your text via google, while I was trying to find out what will happen, if I fail to reach the 109 out of 120 points I need to pursue my graduate studies. And now the amusing coincidence: I am planning to study at the OII. Great to hear that I am not the only one, who thinks this test is not the best way to measure language abilities. I believe that even in my native language I would not score full points. But nevertheless I ll give my very best.
    And another anecdote about the testing conditions:
    I wanted to take the test ten days ago, but due to (worldwide) „connectivity problems“ ETS could not run the test software. But instead of sending us home right away, they let us wait for five hours. Within these five hours we were of course not allowed to leave the test center premises. Great, I am now so looking forward to my next test day.

  6. Danica says:

    @Paul Oxford asked from you to have 109 points?!?
    Ah, I heard for that incident with connectivity problems. Hideous. I hope you get the good scores.
    And there is no thing such as coincidence, just serendipities(;

  7. Paul says:

    @ Danica
    well than serendipities if you prefer 😉 (actually I think „Zufallsfund“ would be a good German translation)
    Yes, Oxford University asked for the 109 points (the score all Oxford graduates have to achieve, I believe). Did you got your scores already? And I am now working with books like TOEFL for Dummies… just to do something.

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