TOEFL – Test of English As a Second Language

TOEFL or Test of English as a Second Language is a test registered to Educational Testing Services (ETS) that is administered worldwide to evaluate the ability of an individual to use and understand English. The test is primarily used by academic institutions to measure the English ability of prospective college students of reading, listening, speaking and writing.

In the past the TOEFL exam was a paper based test, however since 2005 it has become exclusively delivered via the Internet. To register for the test there are three primary steps you must follow. You must register and receive an ETS id number. After, choose the test day and time that best suits your needs. There are many test sites and many times throughout the week that the test is being offered. Many English Language Schools and colleges and universities through out the world offer the IBT TOEFL test. The current price for the test is $170.00 and payments can be made directly to ETS through their website.

As the IBT TOEFL is the English language standard by which colleges and universities decide on acceptance it is important to study hard for the test. The TOEFL test is not pass or fail. Each individual institution that uses the TOEFL score sets up their own standard of admittance. One school may accept candidates with a score of 70 other colleges may only accept candidates with a score of 80 and above.

Preparing for the TOEFL class can be done individually as there are many books and third party resources to help someone study. Due to the importance and high demand of a good TOEFL score schools and colleges have created classes built around strategies for passing the TOEFL successfully. These classes usually follow the guidelines and framework of the test and your study id focused on each of the four content areas.

The Reading Section consists of 3 to 5 passages and you are responsible for answering academic questions based on those readings.

The Listening Section consists of 6 passages 3-5 minutes in length and then test takers are required to answer questions based on the listened information. There is a mandatory 10 minute break after the listening section.

The Speaking section is consists of 6 Questions that test takers answer by speaking and being recorded.

The Writing Section involves measuring the test takers ability to read and listen to information and then write about it.

Students can take the TOEFL test as many times as they want, but most colleges only accept the most recent scores. The entire test lasts about 4 hours and all sections are completed together.…

Group Fitness Classes for Weight Loss

Exercise should be about having fun moving your body in the way it was designed to move. It seems that exercise has become a negative word is today’s society. Too many times have I been lecturing to a group of students or adults and when I mention exercise they cringe. This should be exciting if I recall in grade school we couldn’t wait to go outside for recess it was our favorite part of the day. Now we work, work, work, go home and do more work, then sit down on the couch. We have taken the activity out of our day. Even in schools they are cutting back on physical education at a time when the country is at its worst in terms of disease and sickness related to sedentary lifestyles.

Group Exercise

Group exercise is a fantastic way to get together and have some grown up recess time. Make sure you do your research in your local newspaper, visit the parks and recreation website, or pop in at your local YMCA to get an idea of the classes and times they offer them. Make sure that you chose a class that meet two to three times a week. If you a beginner to fitness make sure the class is not too advanced you can work your way up. The last thing you want to do is take a class that is very difficult and get discouraged. Show up a few minutes before class or hang back a few minutes after class and introduce yourself to the instructor, many times the instructors are also fitness trainers that can give you some great advice one on one.

Be Consistent

The key is to not quit, one way to help when you feel like you are falling off the wagon is to have friends to hold you accountable for your goals. Make friends in the class and make a pact to stay in touch with each other to make sure no one gets left behind. Sometimes things come up; family, work, and sickness happen but don’t use these things as repeated excuses. If you do happen to miss a class, make it your business to do a makeup day using another class or going out and doing some exercise on your own. If you are consistent with your exercise and workout program you will get the results.

Con: Monotony

Some group fitness classes like cycling and step aerobics can get a little monotonous doing the same exercises and motions day in and day out won’t challenge your body after a long time. You need variety in your workout program, mix it up a little bit. If the instructor in your class isn’t changing the routine enough try another class or move onto something with more difficulty. At some point you may experience a plateau with your weight loss it may be that your workout program has gone stale. Get help from one of the personal trainers or switch up your classes …