Preparation: TOEFL

This course prepares participants for all sections of the TOEFL iBt test: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The TOEFL test is an online exam that measures the ability of non-native speakers to use and understand English in academic settings (see

The course offers several advantages over preparing for the test independently:
1) Participants will receive continuous individualized feedback on their writing and speaking to improve their performance on those parts of the exam.
2) The instructor will guide the participants through the preparation process.
3) Course sessions will simulate the actual online TOEFL test.
4) The course will draw on a wealth of the latest preparation materials instead of just one book.
5) The participants will be part of a communal endeavor to pass the exam. We will help motivate one another and learn and share test-taking strategies.

The course is ideal for people who are planning to take the exam before June 2018. Prospective participants should contact the Language Centre for consultation about intensive courses to prepare for this course during the semester break. Participants who need grammar training are advised to simultaneously attend English: Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary during the semester.

Internal exam: Part of the internal exam (reading and independent writing) will be held on Friday, 15 December 2017 (14h00–15h30). The room will be announced at a later date.

The listening and the speaking part of the internal exam will be held in the final course session. The integrated writing part of the internal exam will be held in the second last course session.

This internal exam must be completed in its entirety to receive ECTS.
Further information:
Course level:
B2/C1 [more]
Anthony Mahler [more]
Thursday, 16h00-17h30
Course period:
28.09.2017 - 15.12.2017 (Herbstsemester 2017)
Credit points:
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Certificate of attendance:
In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent more than maximum two times.
± 120 minutes / week
Course materials:
The Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT with CD-ROM, Fourth Edition by Educational Testing Service, ISBN: 978-0-071-766-58-6.  

Further details will be found in the course confirmation. Please do not acquire the course materials before then.
Course fee:
CHF 288 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for students and PhD candidates)
CHF 576 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for University employees)
Registration deadline:
17.05.2017 - 13.10.2017
This course requires either an obligatory computer placement test or completion of a preceding course.
If you have not attended a preceding course, a computer placement test has to be taken prior to registration.
Replacement date:
The supplementary replacement date for lessons that might not take place is: 02.12.2017 from 10h - 16h
Registration no longer possible
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