Advanced Test Prep Skills

Course Description

This class offers students the opportunity to practice skills needed for all standardized tests, with specific materials and practice tests for:

  • Duolingo
  • TOEFL or TOEFL Essentials (a shortened version of the traditional TOEFL iBT, which was made available in August 2021)
  • IELTS 

Each week, the class focuses on a different skill:

  • LISTENING – listening to lectures and university announcements; practicing notetaking; “listen and type”
  • READING – reading textbook passages; paraphrasing; filling in missing letters from passage (“read and complete”)
  • WRITING – describing a photo; synthesizing information; editing; writing a multi-paragraph passage
  • SPEAKING – reading aloud; listening and repeating; recording a personal statement; giving an opinion

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize task-types and follow directions properly for listening, reading, writing, and speaking tasks in each test
  • Use effective note-taking strategies for listening to conversations and lectures
  • Scan a reading for details, identify meaning from context, make inferences, and more
  • Plan and write effective responses for various types of writing tasks, such as email, photo description, opinion essay, and integrated writing
  • Speak clearly and at an appropriate pace to answer read-aloud and listen-and-repeat questions on the Duolingo and TOEFL Essentials tests
  • Summarize information from a source, such as a short reading, conversation, or lecture, and explain and support their opinion

This class is also available in the following formats:

Private Lessons
Small Group Lessons

For Private or Small Group Lessons, please email to discuss scheduling options.

Class Format
Live Online
5 Weeks
Class Days
9:10-11:00am EST
Registration Deadline


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