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My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2010, 22:23
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Hi everyone,

I took my second TOEFL test just an hour ago and I don't feel good about it..

So my story is that the first time I took a TOEFL test was last year. I didn't prepare at all because I was working hardcore and didn't really care about the test. I scored 103, that was way beyond than I expected. I was quite happy about it because it gave me a hope that when I decide to apply to grad schools I can always retake a test but w/a proper prep this time.

So this year because of some important changes in my life I decided to apply for the Fall semester 2011. I checked the requirements of schools I wanted to apply to and because they are not Ivy league except for one(Columbia, SIPA), I was not really sure that my score is not enough to get in. Anyways, I decided to give it a second try. So I registered for the test, planning to improve my RC and Writing scores. Moreover, I also registered for the GMAT, so because RC and Writing are also in the GMAT, I studied for the GMAT only, but that was my mistake I guess. After GMAT RC questions, TOEFL straight forward answers seemed to me false, in fact they are not. Though, I really improved my GMAT Reading, so wasn't really worried about the TOEFL.
So 3 days before the big day (for the TOEFL) I got sick. I couldn't really talk without a heavy cough. So I woke up, had a breakfast, watched Fox news (to get into the English mood, haha), reviewed the templates for writing and speaking and headed to the test center. I arrived 30min earlier so I started earlier than the rest of the students.
And that's when the show began...

Reading: I had 3 passages, not really difficult, they were just extremely boring and long. When I started answering my first questions, all others started adjusting their mics and shouting Describe the city you live in. That was quite distracting. I was trying not to pay attention and just stay focused. But because I felt sick and of all this noise, I was spacing out all the time. Then, a guy who was sitting next to me, started reading his passages almost out loud. I raised my hand and called for an administrator asking politely to tell the guy to be quiet. The administrator was like it's a test, that's the way he deals with the stress! I was like WHAT? I can't concentrate on my RC because of his mumbling!! He told him to stop doing that, and like 2 min later I heard this student saying Bitch. I was like wtf. I wasted so much time and couldn't focus at all. So I am afraid now that I scored on RC even worse than I did the first time.

Listening: it went ok, though I'm not sure about 2-3 questions (again b/c I couldn't concentrate), which means I didn't improve my Listening because last time I scored 28 on Listening.

Speaking: i memorized the templates. It helped a lot. I'm really thankful to rid82 for his post. If it wasn't for my cough, I think my Speaking could be really good

Writing: more or less ok, but because I ran out of time, didn't check my essays at all.

Now, I'm sitting at home, drinking my hot tea and feeling awful. I shouldn't have really retaken the test :((

That was an epic fail.

I'll find out the score on Nov, 29th..
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2010, 03:37
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Thanks! +1

Don't lose hope, you can always retake it.

Please keep us posted with your score so I can update the debrief list

Good luck.
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 23:17
Just found out my score.. I got 110 :)) Didn't really expect it due to my sickness and noises..
Reading - 25
Listening - 29
Speaking - 29
Writing - 27

Reading sucks soo bad..

Do you think I should retake it?? Though I'm not aiming for Harvard, still I feel so unsatisfied.. because I know I can do better..Would you retake the test?
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2010, 09:32
I think you better concentrate on the GMAT. 110 is a great score!
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2010, 20:31
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Just found out my score.. I got 110 :)) Didn't really expect it due to my sickness and noises..
Reading - 25
Listening - 29
Speaking - 29
Writing - 27

Reading sucks soo bad..

Do you think I should retake it?? Though I'm not aiming for Harvard, still I feel so unsatisfied.. because I know I can do better..Would you retake the test?


congrats!
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 18:38
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I think you better concentrate on the GMAT. 110 is a great score!


I also think so.
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 18:44
yes, 110 is a great score, enough to any school.
You won't make any difference in your application set scoring more.
GMAT is your next hurdle, concentrate on that.
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2010, 06:54
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2010, 20:54
My TOEFL score is
Reading Listening Speaking Writing Total
18 21 23 25 87

Pls suggest whether score is good enough to enter into good universities or should i retake it.
In reading i missed last two questions as i was having no idea how to answer them.
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2010, 20:57
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My TOEFL score is
Reading Listening Speaking Writing Total
18 21 23 25 87

Pls suggest whether score is good enough to enter into good universities or should i retake it.
In reading i missed last two questions as i was having no idea how to answer them.


It depends which schools you target. 87 is definitely a low score for top business schools. In general you need 100+ for almost any school. You may check the schools requirements in this thread:
toefl-score-requirements-for-most-popular-schools-80110.html

In case you consider retaking the exam, take a look in this thread where you will find some information about how to improve your score:
everything-you-need-to-prepare-for-the-toefl-100641.html
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 09:47
110 is really good score. Congrats
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2011, 01:03
Especially your score in speaking is enormous. And as you know, writing and speaking sections also includes reading, it is unnecessary to take the exam again. A good verbal on GMAT will be more important.
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2011, 14:56
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Just found out my score.. I got 110 :)) Didn't really expect it due to my sickness and noises..
Reading - 25
Listening - 29
Speaking - 29
Writing - 27

Reading sucks soo bad..

Do you think I should retake it?? Though I'm not aiming for Harvard, still I feel so unsatisfied.. because I know I can do better..Would you retake the test?


Congrats! 110 is awesome, actually any grade over 109 in iBT is considered satisfactory even for schools like Harvard, so you'd better focuse on other possible exams.

Best wishes!

P.S. Sure Reading sucks ;) I do agree with you.
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2011, 01:48
Reading part was indeed a pain. Your score's not so bad. Why do you have to retake? Congrats!
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 06:49
Congrats! Good score! I think you don't have to tempt the fate one more time..
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 08:29
Guys, this thread is one year old. :)
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Re: My Second TOEFL Experience [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 09:46
dmnk wrote:
Guys, this thread is one year old. :)


OK! LOL

It means that we never ever forget our friends or their problems.
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