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TOEFL Ready English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: May 17 2021

Themes: School

Grammar: First Conditional


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Tests don’t have to be scary. It seems like a lot can go wrong, but as long as you prepare and stay calm, you’ll be OK. And it’s no secret that being well-prepared helps you stay calm.

American students lose sleep over the SAT, which determines what colleges you can get into. People who live in other countries and want to study in the US have to do well on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or the TOEFL.

When you study for a test, it becomes a big part of your life. You think about it a lot and you might even dream about it. It’s on your mind so much that when you talk about the test to other people, you forget that they may not have taken a test in years.

Amanda’s Chinese cousin is studying for the TOEFL, but she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Watch as Jason fills her in.

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Amanda:  So I got a call from my cousin, Jeff Wong, and I haven’t heard from him in months, but he was super stressed out because he’s practicing and cramming and studying for this toy-full exam…

Jason:  Oh, the TOEFL?

Amanda:  Yeah!

Jason:  The Test of English as a Foreign Language?

Amanda:  Yeah.

Jason:  Where does he live?

Amanda:  Exactly. He lives in China. He lives in Shanghai. And he’s just super-stressed about it but I don’t know if it’s like a one time you fail and you’re done, or if you just keep taking it. How’s it work?

Jason:  Well, you can take it again but it’s kind of expensive and stuff, so the best thing to do is probably take the practice TOEFL, which you can get online from English, baby! now. And it’s sweet because it’s pretty much exactly the TOEFL except it’s just pretend, you know? So if you get your score from that, you’ll know exactly how well you’re going to do.

Amanda:  So is it an online thing? You don’t go to a room with a bunch of other students…

Jason:  Yeah, exactly. You take it online and then you can, like, take breaks and pause it and eat dinner…

Amanda:  So you don’t have a maximum amount of time, like four hours, you have to be done…

Jason:  You do, but you can, like, hit pause on it, or whatever.

Amanda:  Oh that’s cool. So it’s pretty laid back.

Jason:  Yeah, exactly, exactly.

Amanda:  I mean, if you study enough, you should be able to get a pretty high mark, I would think.

Jason:  Yeah, and it seems like if you sort of go through the motions on the practice test it will make it less stressful when you take the real test.

Amanda:  Cool.


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Amanda’s cousin Jeff Wong, who lives in China, called her the other day. He was really worried about a test he has to take, but Amanda can’t remember the name exactly.

Jason asks if it’s the TOEFL, and Amanda says it is. She asks him how the test works. Can you take it again if you don’t do well?

Jason says you can, but that it’s probably easier to take the practice TOEFL online. It gives you a good idea of what your score will be, and it helps lower your stress level because you can take breaks whenever you want. When test day comes, there will be no surprises. You’ll remember how mellow taking the test at home was and you’ll do a lot better.

Have you ever had to prepare for a big test? How did you do? Remember, if you’re planning on taking the TOEFL soon, you can buy a practice test right here on Ebaby!



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yes it’s the test for behaving CISCO certificate and may be I will teke it in a short time .

01:10 PM May 21 2016 |


United States

It’s extremely commen to pack before an exam yet I ponder what we are messaging for ! we invested such a great amount of energy in a wide range of exam what we can get from it only for scores? they are not justified, despite all the trouble I think we ought to concentrate on somthing truly essential for our future!........help assignment cheap

06:03 AM Aug 27 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Ah in Iran we have a big exam for arriving to university and I think it’s so scary. As I want to study vet in a good university I have to get an incredible mark and so…

05:41 AM Jun 08 2015 |

nasrin jojo

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in my opinion word of exam is a little scary and give us natural stress that it cause motivation or inner energy to study more and more specially  when we will have important exams like IELTS or TOEFL….Ooooh !!!

10:51 AM May 22 2015 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Hi everybody

I am preparing for Toefl test , help me improve….thanks

04:25 PM Oct 07 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I hadnt but I must to take each kind of exam

09:47 AM Jul 30 2014 |

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actually i’m not ready, but i have to .. “_

05:03 AM May 25 2014 |



Russian Federation

No,  I am not ready to pass the TOEFL, as  my English is still bad for it, and I often have difficulties with reading and commenting the lessons here. Thats  bacause I am less persistent in learning English , than it was at the beginning. 

10:31 PM May 22 2014 |




Can you give me some another idea on how to pass TOEFL exam and what kind of question that they given? thank you guy’s. help me.

07:28 AM May 05 2014 |




I haven’t taken this exam yet, but I’ve heard a lot of things about it. It seems that it’s really important for everything abroad, isn’t it? Maybe I should get ready for it… What if I need it tomorrow, huh? Haha

The only con that I found is that the score can expire. It kinda puts me off, but I’ll try to pretend that it won’t happen… :) 

04:45 PM Feb 12 2014 |

Sally Turquoise

United Kingdom

I live in Algeria, took the the test before, and my score was not good at all, it was 58/120 .. I’m studying and cramming for it to it once again, and I really hope to get a very good mark. Good luck for all the students who are willing to take the TOEFL.

12:19 PM Feb 12 2014 |




I wana to get high mark in itp.

11:34 PM Nov 30 2013 |



In China, I’m sure we students are very hate exams, you have the exam was very easy, I very much think about going abroad to go, but because English relations,has not gone, I want to talk about the day, to improve my english.

02:44 PM Sep 27 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


09:33 PM Sep 25 2013 |



I want to study english morethan i get in formal school. And i want to get high scores in TOEFL

09:20 AM Sep 21 2013 |

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I’ve passed the TOEFL IBT exam with a goog score many years ago. I like this exam ….

10:06 PM Aug 15 2013 |




I dont want take the TOEFL exam. I learn englsih for communication . I just want to get a better job .

10:21 AM Jun 25 2013 |



We all have the experience 

03:39 AM May 27 2013 |



I dont want take the TOEFL exam. I learn englsih for communication . I just want to get a better job .

03:29 AM May 27 2013 |



I would like to learn if there is anyone who has taken 100 or more in Toefl Ibt test. I am preparing for this test, and I believe that the speaking and writing parts are not easy for ESL students. 

07:41 PM May 26 2013 |

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