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How hard is this exam? [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 23:05
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I am done with GMAT and now thinking about TOEFL.I am thinking about taking the exam in 15 days.But is that too short of a time to prepare for this test?And how much can preparing for GMAT help a person to also prepare for TOEFL?Does GMAT and TOEFL have anything in common at all?
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Re: How hard is this exam? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 00:28
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I am done with GMAT and now thinking about TOEFL.I am thinking about taking the exam in 15 days.But is that too short of a time to prepare for this test?And how much can preparing for GMAT help a person to also prepare for TOEFL?Does GMAT and TOEFL have anything in common at all?


Hi msneemo,

To begin with you can go through the various posts by rid82 and others to get an overview about the exam. I think if you can dedicate enough time going through the posts and the various debriefs by people, it will help you a lot in your preparation.

Coming to your question, 2 weeks is just about enough for a person with average grasp over the english language. The only common aspects between GMAT and TOEFL are the RC and Writing sections. Although the RC sections are much longer in TOEFL, the questions in general are easier and hence you should not find it too difficult to answer them. Coming to the writing section, again the topics are much easier and if you had the templates by heart for your AWA section, you should not be in trouble with the TOEFL writing section.

I do not know how fluent you are while speaking, but even native speakers find it difficult to speak under pressure and hence this is one area you should really concentrate on. Read my debrief to know how I prepared.

Listening again depends on how comfortable you are in comprehending foreign accent. But the passages in general are slowly and loudly spoken so that,too, should not bemuch of a problem, especially if you are in a habit of watching english movies! Again, read my debrief to know how I prepared.

Lastly, the exam is NOT tough if you are well prepared. Well, that's true for most exams but all I can say is this is one exam you can ace by preparing well in a limited time, and yes, it IS possible to prepare within a limited time.

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Re: How hard is this exam? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 01:08
how many points do you need?

Some shcools require just above 61 points others above 80 points. If so, I would not care about the TOEFL.

go to ets.org/toefl and find there a TOEFL simulator test, download it and test yourself.
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Re: How hard is this exam? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 07:58
The school Im thinking about requires minimum 80 points.Is that very hard to achive?And when we registered for GMAT we got a GMAT Prep software to practice.When we register for TOEFL, do we get any such practice tool for free as well?If not then what is the best material out there to help me prepare for this test?
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The school Im thinking about requires minimum 80 points.Is that very hard to achive?And when we registered for GMAT we got a GMAT Prep software to practice.When we register for TOEFL, do we get any such practice tool for free as well?If not then what is the best material out there to help me prepare for this test?


80 is pretty doable. No 80 is not hard to achieve the average score for the TOEFL is more than 80 points. Find out my post about statistics per nations.

look at ETS's web page and find there TOEFL simulator. It must be there.

Best materials are listed in rid82's post and in feedbacks of other test -takers.
also visit amazon.com.

I like Cambridge prepration it comes with CD 5 or 7 tests http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Prepara ... 681&sr=8-1

also TOEFL OG http://www.amazon.com/Official-Guide-TO ... 713&sr=8-1
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Re: How hard is this exam? [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 12:32
Thank you for the suggestions. Actually the biggest mistake I made while preparing for GMAT is to jump right into the exam without having proper planning or even proper materials.So, even if 2 weeks may be enough to prepare for TOEFL , I have decided to take my time, research and gather all the stuff I will need and make a plan and study for a (little) longer time.I have registered to take the exam at the beginning of April.So , this month Id relax and gather stuff and make a plan and I will study the whole month of March.I will definitely check out the books that you recommended ,in the store and judge if it will work for me before buying anything.Because in GMAT I bought a lot of stuff that was not that useful at all!!!
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Re: How hard is this exam? [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2011, 17:39
I'm finished with the exam!!! Waiting for the results now. Seems to me that it was a very longgggg exam. Personally I thought that the listening section was the easiest. And the speaking section was the hardest.

A surprising thing was that both the listening and reading section was too long. I cant remember the number of passages and lectures that I had to go through , but in both sections it was definitely above 7 times. Is that normal or does that mean something bad?

I'm pretty worried about the speaking section. All 6 times I couldn't finish what I had to say. Does that happen to everyone or did it just happen to me?

Well, not much I can do about it right now. Gonna take a nice vacation before I start my studies and work. Hoping to apply for admission as soon as I get my scores. I have my fingers crossed. I really really REALLY.... don't want to go through this exam again. Please pray for me!!!! :?
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Re: How hard is this exam? [#permalink] New post 09 May 2012, 16:31
Hi! I'm curious about how many point you got in you test :) :shock:
I'm so afraid of taking the test. Everybody says I should do Ok because my English is fine but I didn't go to school in the USA. I can write, speak and understand pretty good. I have being in the country for 7 years and I learned the language on the road. Do you think It will be to hard for someone like me?
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