Following the long-running English course or self-study you have taken so far, it might cross your mind that you want to find out about to what extent your effort pans out. There are several ways to certify your accomplishment and one of which is by taking the most popular English test, ‘Test of English as a Foreign Language’ abbreviated as TOEFL. Unfortunately, public misconceptions about TOEFL remain inevitable amongst the unknowing test-takers. These two common slips are what every test-taker needs to tackle prior to sitting for TOEFL. I’m not bluffing.
First, a fallacy of equating TOEFL and other English tests you might have ever had is something to get rid of. TOEFL administered by Educational Testing System (ETS) includes a myriad of general topics, ranging from social issues to complex scientific cases. It is no wonder that English used within TOEFL is deemed ornate. Learning English grammar is a good idea, yet somehow, when it comes to reading a text, test-takers will be confronted by the complexity of a single text which involves not only grammar, but sophisticated vocabulary as well. Working yourself up to reading more texts with various topics, such as news articles, academic journals, etc., will really help you a lot.
Second, Test of English Proficiency is not similar to TOEFL by ETS. University students in Indonesia are mostly unaware of the fact that an English test administered by a local institution is not endorsed by ETS. Thus every certificate issued by ETS cannot be substituted for that of any local institutions.
Getting familiar with these issues will help test-takers out of the dilemma over how to deal with TOEFL. Cutting through the public misconceptions can really make you understand TOEFL way better than before, and as I believe, it’s always worth a shot.