TOEFL FAQ – The Full List (Almost)

Some Of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About The TOEFL iBT Exam

(All In One Message)



A Great TOEFL FAQ Message From An Awesome GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Reader

So I was just about to start responding to messages at The TOEFL Portal of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!, and received the message below.  It asks about many of the issues that I have address in the TOEFL FAQ section, and I was about to answer the message in the comment section there, but I decided that it would probably be better to just make a blog post about it.

So Here Is The Message:


I am requesting information regarding TOEFL testing dates in Nairobi, Kenya.
Also, will I need to take any classes or need an instructor if I have completed high school education, did English in all my years of education (12 years) and speak it fluently? Or am I ready to only do the exam without any other classes?
Lastly, if one fails the exam, can they retake it? If yes, after how long?
Thank you for your feedback in advance.


Read My Response Here:


And Have An Excellent Day!



How To Find The Official TOEFL Testing Center In Your Area

How To Find The TOEFL Testing Center In Your Area

Where The Hell Is The Testing Center!?!?

Where The Hell Is The Testing Center!?!?

People trying to find The Official TOEFL Testing Center in their area (Country, and City) is a very serious and important part of the process of taking The TOEFL iBT Exam.

The fact that this was the single biggest reason for receiving emails from people all around the world, and that responding to those emails, previously, took up most of my time, is the reason why I took nearly a year to collect and publish all of the official testing centers throughout the world, as given by the official website.

Yes, the official website does give this information, but the problem is – to get this information, one first needs to actually start the registration process to get it.  I don’t know who would actually spend the money to register for the exam before finding out where they actually have to take the damn thing, but I certainly wouldn’t!

I am not exactly sure why the organization that created and administers The TOEFL iBT Exam, makes it so difficult to find this information but don’t worry…  GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! has got you covered. 😉

So Where Is My TOEFL Testing Center?


To Find Out, Read The Full Post Here

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TOEFL Vocabulary #5 – “Educate” (Functional TOEFL Vocabulary)

The Word “Educate”

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(Functional TOEFL Vocabulary)

“Educate” – (/EH-dʒə-kay[t]/ – /ˈɛ.dʒə.ke[t]/) [dynamic verb]…

  • “(to) Educate (one’s self or an other) is to provide or procure information upon any subject – either passively or actively, for the sake of expanding one’s comprehension – and thus – over-all knowledge of either a particular subject or all possible subjects, generally.”

“In order to excel on The TOEFL iBT Exam, is is necessary to educate oneself on what to expect in each section of the exam.”

To See Some Examples Of  “Transformational” Vocabulary For The Word “Educate”

Read The Full Post Here!!!

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Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #1 – American Or British English

Q:  Do I Have To Learn American English To Take The TOEFL Exam?

(This first entry comes from the FAQ page on the TOEFL Portal of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!)


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To Find Out Why…

Read The Full Post Here

Remember: If there are any words in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing random lists of vocabulary words before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  The TOEFL Vocabulary Data-Base is Excellent For This.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up.  I suggest

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!


Word Transformation TOEFL Vocabulary #2 – “Facilitate”

The Word “Facilitate” – TOEFL Vocabulary
(It’s Transformations + Meaning & Usage)

The word “Facilitate”, and it’s various transformations are the second in the “Unique Word Transformation” TOEFL Vocabulary series.  For a full description about the different types of TOEFL Vocabulary, you can read the blog post I wrote on that subject here.

In addition to being “Unique Word Transformation” Vocabulary, at least two of this word’s transformations also qualify as Functional TOEFL Vocabulary.

Read on to find out why…

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“Facilitate” – (/fuh-SIH-lih-tay[t]/ – /fə(ʌ).ˈsɪ.lə(ɪ).te[t]/) – [Verb]…

To Make Easier – To Help – To Assist

“The creation of The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! TOEFL Vocabulary Database was done to facilitate the test-taker in learning Vocabulary which is actually necessary – and will not waste the test-takers preparation time, like many other ‘TOEFL Vocabulary’ books available on-line.”

It is possible that the word “Facilitate” will be on the exam or in one of the questions, but if it does appear in the exam, and is not one of the vocabulary questions, then it will be assumed that the test-taker will already know the word.

If, however, it DOES appear as one of the vocabulary questions, it will be presented in a way that one should be able to determine the meaning through context.  But as you are reading this now, you will not have to worry either way. 😉

“Facilitator” – (/fuh-SIH-lih-tay-d’r/ – /fə(ʌ).ˈsɪ.lə(ɪ).te.ɾɚ/) – [Concrete Noun]…

A Helper – A Person Who Assists A Group – Someone Who Presides Over Some Action

“Facility” – (/fə-SIH-lə-dee/ – /fə.ˈsɪ.lə.ɾiː/) – [Abstract & Concrete Noun]…

The Ability To Do Something – The Tools To Do Something – The Place Where Something Is Done

The “Facilities” – (/fə-SIH-lə-deez/ – /fə.ˈsɪ.lə.ɾiːz/) – [Concrete Noun / Slang Term]…

Besides being the plural version of the word “Facility” it is also very common (at least in American English) that this word is used as a more “formal” way of referring to…

The Bathroom – WC – Toilet – Restroom – The “John” – The “Shitter” – The place where one “*does their business” 😀

For A More In-Depth Description of Why These Words Are Good To Know…

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TOEFL Excellence 001 – Introduction To The TOEFL Excellence Training System

Introduction To TOEFL Excellence – (TOEFL Excellence 001)

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A few weeks back, I started The TOEFL Excellence YouTube Channel.  Much of The TOEFL Excellence Training System will be done with videos, so it only makes sense that TOEFL Excellence should also have its YouTube Channel as well.

The reason that I did not want to promote this video earlier is that – until a couple days ago – it was the only video created, and I didn’t want to shoot myself in the foot by promoting something for-which the follow-up was not even conceived yet.

But since that has now happened…  Well, here it is. 😉

Read The Full Post & Watch The Video Here!

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“Dad” – TOEFL Vocabulary (+ Speaking Section – Task One Tip)

The Word “Dad” – TOEFL Vocabulary

(“Level-Checking” – (semi-)”Functional” – “Unique Word Transformation” Vocabulary)

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“Dad” – (/dæ[d]/ – /dæ[d]/) [concrete noun]…

“The word ‘Dad’ is a colloquial term for the word ‘Father’.”

The word “Dad” – being the most common colloquial and familiar alternative to the word “Father” in the English language, can be fit into a number of the categories that I have included into The TOEFL Vocabulary Database.

  • It functions as “Level-Checking” Vocabulary, because the chances that one who is preparing for The TOEFL iBT Exam has not yet heard of, or knows, this word are quite low…  yet, if it happens, then this is a good indication that that person’s “Level” is not yet high enough for The TOEFL iBT Exam, and there-fore, also not high enough to excel in a University-type setting.  Additionally, it will be unconsiciously expected that a person in both situations – absolutely – will know this word…  Thus the term “Level-Checking”.
  • It functions as (semi-) “Functional” Vocabulary, because the chances that a person will hear this word in a question on the exam may happen – but more likely, the fact that a person may USE this word in his or her answer in the Independent Speaking Section, and Writing Section answers is quite high.  However, I use the prefix “semi-” because the person does not NEED to use this term.  If one wishes to mention his or her “Dad”, then that person can always say “Father”, “Papa”, or whatever else is more common from where that person comes from.

But There is Much More…

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