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TOEFL iBT Practice Test Online

The following site is a good preparation resource. It contains a free preview and example of each section of the test. You can also pay a fee for complete access to the site as well as feedback from instructors.



Subscribe to TOEFLtv channel. It will provide you with answers to many of your TOEFL iBT questions. Please start here then look at more specific question areas below. I hope this helps!

TOEFL IBT Overview: Here you will find a general overview of what is on the test. Each section is detailed separately below (This prezi is not meant to help you prepare, it’s just to let you know what to expect)

TOEFL ibt quick prep guidebook:

1. Reading Preparation prezi. This presentation will help you understand the basic structure of the reading section of the TOEFL iBT exam. It will also provide you with advice on how to understand and answer the questions provided on the test.

This is a link to a iBT reading practice test that you can do completely online. Try completing it during your commute to and from school.

2. Listening overview and skill building. This prezi will make you familiar with the structure of the listening section of the test. It will also help you develop skills for approaching the listening section and strengthening your abilities in this domain.


Online listening practice part 1

Online listening practice part 2

3. Speaking Preparation prezi.This presentation will aquaint you with all of the basic elements of conversation covered on the iBT test. It will also give you skills necessary to build confidence in your abilities.

Here is a link to ONE video meant to help you prepare for the conversation section. There are different videos for ALL elements of the iBT test

Here is another website FULL of great speaking examples. Familiarize yourself with them and it will save you time and energy on the actual test.

4. Integrated writing preparation.

Here is the Prezi I will use during our seminar to help you prepare. But there really is no way to prepare to Writing except by WRITING!

Here is a video and youtube channel that talks about the TOEFL iBT in general Writing Section General Videos for all areas

Here is the Prezi I will use during our seminar to help you prepare. But there really is no way to prepare to Writing except by WRITING!

Full practice test

Writing section listening file

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Online Writing Question 1 Practice

Guide for TOEFL iBT skills

5.: We will review and finish any areas that have not yet been fully covered. This is a link to a FULL pre-test

And finally, some inspiration!

Week 7 Final Project

Citations and avoiding plagiarism

This week you will complete a final paper that demonstrates your ability to

  1. identify an interesting topic of debate
  2. understand and summarize that topic
  3. give a clear opinion with supporting reasons for your point of view

These skills are critical to your success as a college students and will likely be the foundation of any tasks you will have to complete in the future. In fact, some majors in the humanities and liberal arts are completely doing away with testing because tests are good at showing memorization but not critical thinking. In this paper, you will show me your ability to think for yourself and communicate clearly. Try to enjoy this time and your topic.

  • The final paper should be typed and turned in on the day of the final exam.
  • You should also turn in your journal on this day. Please be sure that it is well organized and contained in a notebook or file.

Paper Format

  • 12 point Times New Roman Font
  • Left Centered Text
  • 1.5 (double if using american software) space between lines
  • Indent (tab) the beginning of each topic
  • Clearly state your topic and possibly the source you are using in the first line of your summary
  • No longer than one page of text
  • Name and class clearly written in the top left corner

You can use any credible source as the focus of your study. In the syllabus, I suggested that students use websites like and because they have subtitles and extra information for the viewer. You are free to use any good sources that you find (wikis, blogs, and reddit are not good sources).

Sadly, I forgot to mention one of my favorite sources in class, the youtube channel “The Schools of Life” created and supported by philosopher, Alain De Botton

Here’s a topic I would love for you to consider

Here are a few of his Ted Talks

Another useful youtube channel, RSA Animate, can be found here

John Lloyd on Knowledge


Week 6 Word Processing/ Assignment 2

Due to the fact that we do not currently have a printer available, I have created an email account just for your papers.

It is better for me if you can find a way to print your documents, but if not, please send them here.

Basic Word Processing

On Avoiding Plagiarism


Examples of plagiarism

Basic Word Processing

Open Office for computer

Office Suite for smartphones or tablets

ITP Tips


Journaling ideas

  • What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  • What would you do if money were no object?
  • What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes?
  • What’s your wildest dream?
  • What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
  • What grand adventure do you wish you could go on?
  • If you could become an expert in any subject or activity, what would it be?
  • What would your perfect day be like?
  • Close your eyes and imagine the kind of world you would like to see.  What is it like?
  • What makes you unique?
  • How do you stand out from the crowd?
  • What are your best character traits?
  • What are you really good at?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What character traits do you need to work on?
  • What are some of your idiosyncrasies?
  • How do you indulge yourself?  Do you need to indulge yourself more often?
  • How do you think others see you when they meet you for the first time?

Week 4 and 5: Forming Opinions

We will continue analyzing news items in order to develop clear and focused opinions about them. We will then examine the structure of an outline paragraph and you will choose one of the topics viewed in class to write a ONE PARAGRAPH opinion response to.

The Worst Internship In the World

Playing with Nuclear Fire

Anti Nuke Political Art

The French Terrorist Attacks

The Experience Machine


1. Which philosopher created the experience machine thought experiment?
2. According to Hedonism, what is the best thing in life?
3. Describe what happens when you use the experience machine
4. Can you think of any bad points about a machine that gives you constant pleasure?
5. Do you agree with the idea that pleasure is the greatest thing in life? If you don’t agree, why not?

Week Three

Due to the fact that we are not using the textbook as a primary source of class material, we are going to approach the syllabus a bit differently. First we will complete a summary on the Andy Puddicombe lecture provided below.

“All it takes is ten mindful minutes”

Writing a Summary

In class assignment

Peer Editing


Once the summary is complete, we will watch one of the following VICE documentaries, summarize it, AND write our reaction to the problem.



A guide to Epictetus

Sidebar on Joseph Campbell