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Learning more about the TOEFL and IELTS: a WebQuest for EFL learners

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List of questions you must answer

As mentioned on the "Process" page, the questions for all three of you are the same; however, the answers you will come up with are different, since you will be answering the same questions for different language tests, depending on your role (researching the paper-based TOEFL, the computer-based TOEFL, or the IELTS).  If possible, make three copies of the questions, one for each of you.

     Is the test held in your region/country/city?

     Where is the nearest test center to you?  When is its next administration?  In case of the TOEFL, do they administer the p-&-p (paper-and-pencil) version, or the CBT version (computer-based test ) version, or both?  

     How often is the test held?

     How long does it take for you to receive the results of your test?

     What is the minimum score possible?  The minimum score possible? 

     What is the acceptance score?

     How long are the test scores valid?

     How much does it cost to take the test?

     Which organization(s) manage the test?

     Which organizations recognize the test?

     Name some organizations/universities/jobs that require the test score.

     Which skills are dealt with in the test?

     How long does the test take?

     How many copies of the test report are you entitled to?

     What kind of information does the test report form include?

     How soon can you retake the test?

     What kind of English accents are used for the listening tests?

     Name some websites that have samples of the test.  Are they for free?  Which ones are more useful?

     Name some preparation books for the test.  Do they come with CDs or tapes?  Which ones seem more useful?  Which can you find at your local bookstores?

     Can you find sample tests/questions on the website of the test itself?

     Take a sample test, and answer the following questions:


What did you like/dislike about the test?  What are some of its strengths/weaknesses?


For the IELTS only:  This test is offered in two formats; what is the difference between these two, and which one would you need to take?


For the TOEFL only:  What are the differences between the paper-&-pencil and the CBT versions?  Which merits/demerits does each have? 

GSL520: Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Instructor: Christine Bauer-Ramazani

Saint Michael's College