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Computerized TOEFL ITP?

  • 1.  Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 10 days ago
    I recently found out that the TOEFL ITP, which I have called the "paper TOEFL" ever since the CBT and IBT were introduced, is now given on computer.  Some of my students will be taking it in a few weeks, and they asked me to give them a little workshop on test-taking strategies for the structure section of the test.  I went to our university testing office to ask some questions about it and found out that the people in that office don't know the answers either!  My main question is whether or not a test-taker can skip a question and go back to it later, or return to a previously answered question to change the answer.

    Also, when I was a graduate student back in the late 1980s and taught a TOEFL prep class, I had a list of the most commonly tested grammatical structures on the TOEFL.  I wonder if any of you have seen such a thing recently?

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    Lynn Schaefer
    Senior Lecturer
    Univ of Central AR Intensive Eng Program
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  • 2.  RE: Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 9 days ago
    To my knowledge the TOEFL ITP is a test for institutional use, and is not the same as the paper-based test or the iBT.  I believe it does not produce an official score (such as one students may want to have to apply to study at US universities) and does not have a speaking section.  You can find more information about it on this website: https://www.ets.org/toefl_itp/about/ Offering that test on a computer is news to me, although I also can't really think of a reason why it couldn't be.  There is also some information on the content of the test and how students can prepare under the FAQ section of that website.

    I hope that helps!

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    Kyle Kumataka
    Japan
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  • 3.  RE: Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Lynn,

    We have given the digital ITP TOEFL at our institution several times. As was mentioned in other posts, it is not considered an official score by most colleges and universities, but our local community college accepts ITP TOEFL score from tests given at our institution. It IS, however, exactly the same structure, format and content as the PBT.

    I highly recommend that you or someone in the testing office request a demo so that you can 'take' the test and better understand how it works on computer. I did this, and it was extremely helpful. If you'd like more specific information or have other questions, feel free to email me, but for now I can tell you that yes, for each section there is a review answers screen at the end that allows students to go back and check/change answers (provided they have time of course). Questions that have been answered are marked in green, and those that were skipped are marked in red, making it very easy for them to see which questions still need to be answered. In addition, students can also mark questions 'for review'. This function allows them to answer, but then go back to double-check themselves.

    As for your question about a list of commonly tested grammar structures, I don't have one to share, but would recommend the Longman PBT preparation book, which has a structure section that goes skill by skill and addresses the most important things students need to keep in mind for the test.

    Regards,

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    Lynn Petro
    Academic Director/Instructor
    Aston International Academy
    Austin, TX USA
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  • 4.  RE: Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Thanks so much, Eric and Lynn!  This is very helpful information.

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    Lynn Ramage Schaefer, Senior Lecturer
    Intensive English Program
    316 Torreyson Library West
    University of Central Arkansas
    Conway, AR 72035
    501-450-3671
    lynnr@uca.edu








  • 5.  RE: Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 9 days ago
    This answer from the Univ of AR testing office: Dr. Miramdai

    Here is the answer to your question regarding going back to items.  It does depend on the section of the test.  It is allowed only in reading as the other ones there is no opportunity, so here it is:

     

    Reading: Test takers can skip questions, go back to previous questions, and use a Review tool to see a list of the questions and their status (answered, not answered, or not yet seen).

     

    Listening: Test takers must answer each question to proceed to the next one. Review is not allowed.

     

    Speaking: Test takers must answer each question to proceed to the next one. Review is not allowed.

     

    Writing: Two essays. Typing is required. Test taker cannot return to a previous essay.


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    Lauren Boone
    ESL Program Coordinator
    Cannon-Clary College of Education
    (501) 279-4825
    lboone@harding.edu





  • 6.  RE: Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Lauren,

    I believe you are talking about the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT).  My question was about the ITP, which is an old version of the TOEFL that ETS allows programs to administer to their students for a much lower price than the IBT.  The ITP has three sections-listening, structure & written expression, and reading.  

    The drawback of the ITP is that, as Kyle said, most universities will not accept it for admission.

    Thanks,
    Lynn Schaefer
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    Lynn Ramage Schaefer, Senior Lecturer
    Intensive English Program
    316 Torreyson Library West
    University of Central Arkansas
    Conway, AR 72035
    501-450-3671
    lynnr@uca.edu








  • 7.  RE: Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 8 days ago

    Hi Lynn Schaefer,

    RE:  Some of my students will be taking it in a few weeks, and they asked me to give them a little workshop on test-taking strategies for the structure section of the test.  My main question is whether or not a test-taker can skip a question and go back to it later, or return to a previously answered question to change the answer. 

    Response:  Unless the test administration is timed, and without verbal restrictions from the test administrators to allow students to review their test, I don't see why test-taker (s) should be prohibited from reviewing their test before giving it back to the teachers or proctors.  But if your students will be taking a computerized standardized test vs. paper/pencil, I would imagine the test would most likely be timed sensitive.  Do you know why your students are asking for a test "structure" test-taking workshop?  What kind of English test are you giving? 

    RE:  I had a list of the most commonly tested grammatical structures on the TOEFL.  I wonder if any of you have seen such a thing recently?

    Response:  Yes, TOEFL testing materials are widely used for English as a Second Language test-takers---primarily as an assessment to measure how much English students already know and don't know.  You are asking if "grammar" is a part of TOEFL teaching materials---yes, it is.  I am a believer grammar competency must be taught first and be mastered---since English dictates a descriptive method of learning the language.  With that, TESOL educators assume the intellectual competency to teach:  Reading; writing; listening; speaking---with eased.  I'm glad you are asking opinion from colleagues on this platform---I had posted a similar question on this forum not too long ago, as well.  

    Good luck,

    MerriLee Leonard
    M.A.Ed.,TESL
    Greenville University
    ISBN: 9781-5249-62708



  • 8.  RE: Computerized TOEFL ITP?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hi Lynn,

    The new Digital TOEFL ITP test allows test takers to return to questions they would like to revisit and also allows them to mark test items for review on the Reading and Structure and Written Expression sections. The Listening section remains the same - hear the question, mark a response, and go on to the next question.

    The Digital ITP has the same number of test items per section, same time limits per section, and uses the same scoring. One advantage is that the students receive their score at the conclusion of the test - no waiting as on the paper version.

    Eric Moore
    Testing and Assessment Coordinator
    Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

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    Eric Moore
    Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute
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