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zala2208
Joined: 12 Apr 2009
Posts: 3
TOEFL
Mon Apr 13, 2009 09:26 AM
Hi everyone,

I am planning to apply for an LLM in the States, starting in September 2010, which means applying in November/December. I haven't taken the TOEFL yet and I was wondering if there is any kind of time limit, is it not too late if I take it in August or Semptember?

Another thing, I have a Cambridge CPE certificate - can anyone tell me what's the difficulty of the TOEFL compared to that?

Thanx for your help!

[Edited by zala2208 on 13 Apr 2009]

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Santa

Joined: 08 Jan 2009
Posts: 428
TOEFL
Mon Apr 13, 2009 09:59 AM
I've taken the TOEFL test in Paris the 17th of October. That was the latest date that allowed me to apply to all schools with deadlines 1 December through LSAC. But in fact it was too late.

If you take it in August or September, you will be fine though.

The TOEFL test isn't too difficult. Getting 100 on it is really easy. If you're profound in English, you can get 115+ (max is 120).
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zala2208
Joined: 12 Apr 2009
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TOEFL
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:03 AM
Thanx, Santa, that's a huge relief.
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Cecilia_A
Joined: 08 Feb 2009
Posts: 32
TOEFL
Mon Apr 13, 2009 02:41 PM
I agree with Santa. I would like to add that you should train on sample TOEFL questions because they are quite special (especially the speaking and writing parts, in which you have to be extremely quick). But indeed, if you have a good level of English, one or two days training should be largely enough.
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Hedek

Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 152
TOEFL
Mon Apr 13, 2009 02:53 PM
I agree with Santa. I would like to add that you should train on sample TOEFL questions because they are quite special (especially the speaking and writing parts, in which you have to be extremely quick). But indeed, if you have a good level of English, one or two days training should be largely enough.


Yep I simply practiced using the official ETS book. It's quite thin but it has some sample questions and the disc is useful at getting used to the iBT.

I messed up on the speaking part (only 26/30), one of the question was something like "talk about an undergraduate or high school course you disliked and why". And there wasn't any I disliked, really. By the time the preparation time was up, I still hadn't picked a course to talk about... just some courses I found a bit boring so other than saying "it was dull and boring" I struggled to find worthwhile arguments.

But since they don't care about your life as long as your English is correct, the day before test, try to think of generic responses on various subjects, even if they aren't factually true. "I liked course X because, I disliked course Y because, my favorite professor is, etc."

[Edited by Hedek on 13 Apr 2009]

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