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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my child’s score improve through tutoring?
Inspirica’s tutors are experts at helping students achieve their maximum potential on the TOEFL. With the guidance, support, and strategies we offer, our students will be in the best possible position to succeed on the test. Specific score improvement goals will vary from student to student. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
How much tutoring should my child complete?
The number of sessions any given student needs depends on many factors: how much time the student has until the test date, what his or her goals are, and how much work needs to be done to achieve those goals. Some students require only a few hours of tutoring, while others meet frequently over the course of months or longer. Every student is unique, and Inspirica’s Educational Consultants and expert tutors will evaluate each student’s circumstances in order to uniquely tailor a tutoring program to fit any situation. For a typical TOEFL preparation program, most students are able to achieve their goals by meeting with their Inspirica tutor once per week for two hours until the test date.
Should I focus my preparation on the TOEFL or the SAT/ACT?
Achieving a strong score on the TOEFL is crucial to admission to a US college or university for students with a native language other than English. Without a high TOEFL score to demonstrate sufficient mastery of English at a university level, it does not matter how high an applicant’s SAT or ACT score might be. Getting expert help on the TOEFL and achieving your goals on this test must come before focusing on the SAT or the ACT.
What is a good score on the TOEFL?
The TOEFL has a score range of 0–30 in each of four categories: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. A total score of 0–120 combines the scores of all four categories. A strong score depends on the goals and target schools of the student. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
Does Inspirica offer mock tests?
Inspirica uses full-length practice test material to administer mock tests under realistic conditions. These tests are used to help gauge a student’s progress at different points during the tutoring program. In analyzing the results, our expert tutors go beyond the numbers, talking with the student and looking at what he or she has written on the test booklet to get a full picture of the improvement level and what else needs to be done to complete test preparation.

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.