Last year, in 2016, a new 6-week, free TOEFL test preparation MOOC was launched for students in order to prepare for their pending TOEFL exam.
MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) are a definite growing trend for online studies. If you are interested in learning more about MOOCs, you read our blog post here.
So, TOEFL has recognised a demand for free, access to preparation for their exam and have put together a course developed by the experts who create, administer and score the TOEFL test. In other words, the people who make and mark the test, are apparently the one’s preparing you and guiding you in the course.
You will receive instruction through the use of highly interactive videos and will also have access to past test papers. In addition to this, they state that “During the weeks covering Speaking and Writing, all course participants can receive scores for their practice-test responses.”
While we don’t believe that online courses can totally replace the value of a face-to-face course, we do see that such a course could provide access to many people who do not have the time or resources (financial or otherwise) to attend a lengthy exam preparation course. In addition, this is a good way to assess your ‘readiness’ for such an exam, or see where you currently are in the studying process before spending money on either the exam or a course.
Often we find that students contact us at the UCT English Language Centre with the intent to take a course for 4 weeks and the wish to pass the IELTS with a band 6.5, or higher, for example. However, their level of English at the time of contacting us is far below that and 4 weeks will do almost nothing to improve your chances of a high score on the exam if you are still grappling with some basic language issues.
Our take on this?
Go for it! There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Visit their website and check when the next starting date is, enrol! and then spend the minimum 2 hours per week studying.