A high level of English language is crucial for being able to do any kind of serious research at the US universities. Also, without a good knowledge of the language, it will be difficult for you to communicate with locals. This is why a test of English language is required, and for most, this will be TOEFL.
During the English test of TOEFL
- Make extensive notes during the SPEAKING and LISTENING sections. A lot of the answers are already given in the conversations.
- As there are other people (<5) in the same room taking the test, and everybody is speaking (you have to record your answers in SPEAKING section with a microphone), it can get a bit confusing. Bring earplugs and maximize the volume of your headphones.
- READING: don’t read the whole text in advance! The questions are organized to follow the paragraphs. You can answer them together with reading the text – so begin to answer the question as you read, because there is a time limit.
- There is one 10 min break between two of the sections. Bring something to eat and drink as food/water are not allowed in the computer room.
Before the English test of TOEFL
- When I was taking part in 2008, the price was $155, you have to register at ETS
- You cannot drastically improve your knowledge of English language in a short time. Just to dip your fingers into the TOEFL exam, try: Kaplan TOEFL iBT with CD-ROMTOEFL & TOEIC Books) (it’s almost the same interface as the real exam).