Two TOEFL experts shared test preparation tactics with about fifty students at Waishaungsi Campus on November 13th, 2017. SCU Language Center, the organizer of the event, hoped that the seminar can help students learn more knowledge and skills about TOEFL as there seems to be more and more SCU students planning to take the test for studying abroad.
The seminar held in Soochow’s International Conference Hall started with how to deal with the listening section of TOFEL. One of the speakers, Olivia Hung, explained three of the thirteen rules she finds useful in choosing the right answers quickly during the test. She also asked the students to do some TOFEL listening test questions on the spot by using the rules she had just taught. In the second part of the seminar, the other speaker, Trenton Kang, talked about cracking the reading section of TOFEL. He mentioned about and analyzed five types of difficult reading questions and provided tips to solve them efficiently.
According to SCU Language Center, this was the first time for the Center to hold such events, generally in response to SCU students’ needs. It has suggested that more and more students want not only to get a college diploma but also to study abroad for higher pursuit in education and knowledge. It is the Center’s hope that this seminar could teach students both how to use resources in the school and to score higher in TOEFL.
Most attendees expressed their satisfaction with what the two professionals shared. “I’ve learned many tips from the seminar,” said Fu-Sen Chang, a student from the grad school of business administration, “and I also realized some major differences between TOFEL and TOEIC.” Chang is about to prepare for TOFEL recently and those tips and stories from Kang really motivated him to practice more TOFEL questions.
“Due to an increasing number of graduate schools in Taiwan, fewer and fewer people plan to study abroad and thus to take TOFEL,” said Kang. He also pointed out that Taiwanese students prefer TOFEL to IELTS because Taiwan has maintained a better relationship with the U.S. than with the U.K. Kang and Hung also advised that students use different language learning platforms for more exposure and practice.
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