Inspirica’s Approach ToTOEFL Test Preparation
Inspirica was the first tutoring firm in the world to prepare students for the TOEFL more than 30 years ago. International families have been a large part of our business from the very beginning, and Inspirica has grown abroad exponentially over these three decades. We fully understand that international families see US boarding schools and colleges as the world’s gold standard, and we know what it takes to help your child get there. We also understand that without a strong TOEFL score, your child’s application is not going to be seriously considered. We know what scores the schools want, and we will do everything we can to help your child attain them.
We use a multimedia curriculum because the test requires listening to recorded dialogue, and we prepare your child using examples of the kinds of conversations that appear on actual tests. Our world-class TOEFL tutors pinpoint your child’s challenges immediately and work to build strength in those areas. We teach how to eliminate answers and how to find evidence, and we give students abundant practice with structured writing, which we know can make a huge difference on the final score.
Most of our TOEFL tutoring is done online via Inspirica Anywhere, so we can tutor your child face-to-face anywhere in the world. We can also create custom trips for our tutors to come to you at the location of your choice, anywhere.
TOEFL Advice & Insight
Frequently Asked Questions
TOEFL Test Preparation 101
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (or TOEFL) is a crucial part of the college admissions process for applicants seeking to demonstrate their fluency with the English language. This test is designed to test a student’s ability to understand and use the language at a college level and is therefore even more important for nonnative speakers than other college admissions tests such as the ACT or SAT.
The TOEFL is a computerized multimedia test. It tests the student’s language skills in four categories: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The reading and writing sections are not too different from other standardized tests, but the listening and speaking sections require listening to prerecorded audio and responding to questions about the dialogue. The test gives scores in the range of 0–30 for each of these sections. There is no specific score that represents passing or failing; colleges evaluate the applicant’s score along with the rest of his or her application—but if the TOEFL score does not demonstrate sufficient mastery of English at a college level, the rest of the application does not much matter.
Given the importance and uniqueness of the TOEFL, preparation and practice are key to success. Inspirica’s expert tutors know this test inside and out and can offer the guidance and test-taking strategies needed to maximize a student’s performance on the test.