The 7 Best Online TOEFL Prep Courses
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- Many universities use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English skills of international learners.
- The best TOEFL preparation course depends on your learning style.
- The cost of a TOEFL online course ranges from free to about $400.
In addition to TOEFL prep books, online prep courses are among the best ways to prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Many universities use the TOEFL to evaluate the English language skills of international students.
With the right study habits, you can improve your chances of earning your target score on the TOEFL. Below, we describe seven online TOEFL preparation courses that can help.
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1. ETS: Official TOEFL Test Prep
Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company that administers the TOEFL, offers an official prep course through edX — a provider of massive open online courses. You can opt for a free audit track or a paid/verified track. ETS offers self-paced courses, practice tests, and an official test prep app.
You can complete the course in about six weeks with 2-4 hours of work per week.
- TOEFL Audit Track Course: Free
- TOEFL Verified Track Course: $49
Kaplan is an established company that provides preparation courses and books for various standardized tests. The company's TOEFL course lasts three months and takes a step-by-step approach to test prep. The course comes with nearly 200 video lessons led by TOEFL teachers, four full-length practice exams, and a book that includes over 100 practice problems.
Students can access videos whenever they want through an online platform.
- Self-Paced, 3-Month Course: $349
PrepScholar's TOEFL preparation course offers a five-day trial period. The program includes one-on-one assistance from experienced TOEFL teachers. Students can receive unlimited support over email and a tailored study plan.
The course also lets students take practice exams online, which mirrors the experience of your test day. Teachers grade student responses and provide feedback on incorrect answers.
- Trial Course (5 Days): Free
- Best-Selling Course (1 Year): $187
- Master Course (Unlimited): $385
Magoosh guarantees that students who commit to one of its preparation courses will improve their TOEFL score by at least four points. If they don't, they receive a refund for the money they spent.
Magoosh's preparation course offers more than 420 practice questions (each with an explanatory answer video) and more than 140 lesson videos. Users can message tutors through Magoosh's software if they need help.
- 1 Month Premium: $109
- 6 Month Premium: $129
TOEFLTutor — BestMyTest's TOEFL online course — provides more than 2,000 practice questions. Learners can also take practice tests and access lessons on specific elements of the TOEFL. Users can try TOEFLTutor for seven days for free.
The program allows students to customize their study approach by entering their goals. TOEFLTutor then tells them what and how much to study to reach their desired score.
- Last Minute Package (7 Days): $39
- Premium Package (6 Months): $189
- Custom Packages (1-6 Months): $69-$129
TestDen's online TOEFL course features four timed practice tests that students can use to gauge their progress. TestDen recommends that students begin the self-paced course at least 30 days before their exam date.
The program also features 20 writing exercises, 60 speaking exercises, and 2,400 reading and listening questions. Users can receive a full refund for their purchase within 30 days if they are not satisfied.
- Self-Paced Course: $129
UDemy — a massive open online courses provider — offers multiple TOEFL preparation courses for students. The complete preparation course is the most popular option. It features more than 30 assignments, quizzes, and practice assignments, as well as 51 hours of on-demand video lessons.
The program also features nearly 90 downloadable resources and mobile access. Students receive a certificate upon completion of the program.
- Emergency TOEFL iBT Course — 2-Day Prep: $17.99
- TOEFL iBT (26+) Complete Preparation Course: $18.99/month
- The Complete TOEFL iBT Success Course: $21.99/month
Can You Take the TOEFL Test Online?
Yes. There are two types of TOEFL exams: the iBT version (online) and the PBT version (paper). ETS, the company that administers the TOEFL, reports that 96% of test-takers now take the iBT version of the test. Most universities also prefer iBT results. You can register for the TOEFL iBT exam on ETS's website.
The TOEFL usually takes about three hours to complete and consists of four sections: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ETS states that the check-in process can take an additional 30 minutes.
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