What is TOEFL iBT?


For the exam

In 1962, a conference was held with the participation of 30 state and private educational institutions from the United States, where the opportunities for admission of foreign students to American universities were discussed. The conference ends with a recommendation to establish a standardized English language exam for applying for American universities.This is briefly the history of one of the most popular test exams in English – TOEFL. Since its creation to this day (May 2014), the test has been endorsed by over 27 million people, making it one of the most common language tests.


Image of studyingThe exam is conducted in two formats – TOEFL IBT (internet based test), which is make online and TOEFL PBT (paper based test), which is held in writing. [bctt tweet="Adding to the fact that the possibilities for TOEFL PBT are very limited, it is most logical to concentrate this material on the internet-based exam." username=""] If you search you can find on the web TOEFL preparation course free. The test consists of four components that we can present using the following:


  • Reading

It consists of 3-5 paragraphs with an academic focus. There are about 12-14 questions to each paragraph. The total duration of this component is about 80-100 minutes. Here the candidate’s ability to summarize basic information, details, ideas and personal attitude is tested.


  • Listening

Includes 4-6 lectures and 5-6 questions to each of them. The duration of each lecture is 3-5 minutes. Passages include two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussions. The texts are only listened once, while notes are allowed during listening. The questions are intended to demonstrate the ability to understand basic ideas, important details, links between ideas, organization of the information, the speaker’s aim and his / her attitude to the text.

  • Speaking

This component consists of 6 tasks that candidates have to deal with within 20 minutes. Two tasks are independent and 4 integrated. The first two answers questions related to expressing personal opinions on familiar topics. It is appreciated the ability to spontaneously talk without preparation and transfer of ideas meaningfully and connected.

  • Writing

The written part consists of two tasks with two questions and the time they have available is about 55-60 minutes. Again, they will meet an integrated and an independent task. The first part contains an academic reading text (200-300 words in 3 minutes) and a lecture or discussion to listen to the same topic (200-300 words in 2 minutes). Candidates should summarize the information in written text within 150-200 words. The second independent task involves writing an essay (about 300 words) that expresses an opinion based on life experiences and personal experiences.


Оnce you are familiar with the main content of the TOEFL iBT test is time for IBT english test practice. Get ready! Do not despair if your results are low at first. When you do the test several times, you will notice that you are doing better each and every time. But leave plenty of time to learn new things and improve your English level.… Read More What is TOEFL iBT?


How to prepare for TOEFL IBT?

In today’s article we will look at the question of one of the most popular tests, namely TOEFL IBT test. Оf course the main question is how to prepare for it. I accidentally found a training program I’m thinking to share with you.


Learning Objectives and Methods:

– Revision of old and mastering new vocabulary and idioms;

– Basic and in-depth grammar revision, as well as the grammatical constructs specific to the test;

– Analysis and comment on the errors made;

– Strategies to deal with the exam situation;

– Building skills to take into account the time factor;

– Taking into account and aligning the preparation with the fact that TOEFL is a test in American English.


This program is from one english course for TOEFL preparation, but we can use it for our own needs.

Where to start?

Image of examTo begin our test preparation first we need to get acquainted with the content of the exam itself. How can you prepare for something you do not know what it is, right? There is enough information on the form and content of the TOEFL IBT test on the internet, but do not trust everything you read. Visit the official site where you will be sure to receive up-to-date and reliable information about the exam – You can also try to make free TOEFL test to check your english level.

Second thing we should do is to find materials. Just type in the search engine “TOEFL preparation material free download” and you will see how many things you can enjoy for free on the web. Of course, paid stuff as well as thousand of sites offering English language courses. Here, the judgment is yours if you can do it yourself.… Read More How to prepare for TOEFL IBT?


Evaluation Procedures


As all educators know, there were many problems with the new evaluation system implemented by the state in the 2011-12 school year.

In an effort to address some of those problems, Rutherford County Schools applied to the state for “flexibility” in how the district will conduct educator evaluations in the 2013-14 school year.

The state department of education did grant flexibilty in some areas and the district has develped a new evaluation procedure for the upcoming school year. This new procedure does not start form scratch.  It utilizes much of the original TEAM evaluation plan with some notable changes.

An area of flexibilty will be in the number of observations themselves.  For the 2013-14 school year “5 level” teachers’ principals have the option of shortening their number of formal observations this year  plus some informal walk-throughs.

Please  read the entire Evaluation Procedure and its options for number and length of observations on the website or talk to TEA uniserv for guidence.

Evaluation procedure

The Grievance forms and procedures are listed here for your use. Please look them over and contact your REA Building Rep or an executive team member to help you with this process.

As a recap, the evaluation was comprised of three components –  50% qualitative  (observations, planning, environment, professionalism), and 50% quantitative -the 15% achievement measure and the 35% TVAAS measure, totaling 100%.

·         The observation scores have been completed for all teachers

·         The 35% TVAAS score was uploaded directly from the state on June 15.  If you taught in a tested subject area, your growth measure score was an individual teacher-effect score. If you taught in a non-tested subject area or grade, or if you are an administrator, your growth measure score was a school-wide, literacy or numeracy value added composite score.

All teachers can now view their scores on the RANDA site, and final scores are posted for the majority of teachers.  Administrators/supervisors will host  summative conferences in August to finalize the 11-12 school year evaluation process.

For teachers who selected a 15% Achievement measures with a later reporting period, such as ACT or graduation rates, scores will not be available until August, and even as late as February for CTE graduation.  Those teachers will still see an incomplete score report on the RANDA site. Summative conferences for those teachers  will be held after those 15% achievement scores are received and entered into the RANDA site.

The TEA has provided multiple tools to assist educators in navigating the new evaluation process.  You can follow TEA on the social networks as:

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