Posts by author: Ed

TOEFL vs. IELTS: Fact and fiction

What’s the difference between the TOEFL and the IELTS?

Perhaps like you, we’ve heard this question so many times! We at ScoreNexus are experts on the TOEFL, but we definitely know the IELTS as well. We have written materials for both, we have trained teachers for both, and we have taught both extensively.

The next time one of your students asks for a comparison, here is a list of what is definitely true and false: Read more »

TOEFL iBT 10th anniversary: Biggest winners and losers

TOEFL iBT 10 years later

The TOEFL iBT is 10 years old this year!

It was first introduced in 2005, and was rolled out worldwide by 2006. I thought it would be fun to see how TOEFL scores increased or decreased in these past 10 years. I compiled the official data from the TOEFL iBT’s first year (2005-06), and compared it with the most recent data (2013). Read more »

Teaching TOEFL: The pressure of taking tests

ScoreNexus TOEFL Blog

Like many people, I’ve been closely watching the final season of the American TV show Breaking Bad. I just watched one of the final episodes, named “Ozymandias.” This is a reference to a poem of the same name by the 19th century poet Percy Shelley. I know this little piece of trivia because I memorized that poem in the 6th grade, many, many, MANY years ago. Read more »

Why TOEFL Students Need to Take Practice Tests (Part 3)

ScoreNexus TOEFL Blog

In Part 1, I stated the first reason why students need to take practice TOEFL tests: Students need to become comfortable taking the test.

In Part 2, I stated the second reason: Students need to find their specific weaknesses and target them.

In this post, I’ll give the final reason why students need to take practice tests. Please emphasize these reasons to make sure your students take their practice tests when assigned, and when they do take them, to do so seriously. Read more »