cisl toefl preparation in san diego and san francisco

TOEFL Preparation Course
in San Diego and San Francisco

Maximum 8 students per class. Strong focus on speaking!

Note: Students from visa waiver countries signing up for our 20 lessons/week Standard, TOEFL courses do NOT need student visas.

TOEFL Course Description 

The goal of the TOEFL Preparation Course is to prepare students to take the TOEFL iBT test by helping students build the skills necessary to successfully answer the questions and complete the tasks in the test, improve their general and academic English proficiency, and learn effective test‐taking strategies. The TOEFL is recognized by colleges, universities, and agencies in more than 130 countries around the world. 

Course Objectives

  • Language Skills: improve skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Language Control: learn, practice, and review English grammar, pronunciation, word forms, and vocabulary.
  • Test Taking: identify and understand different question types, learn tips for handling each section of the test, take practice tests to build familiarity with the test and track progress.
  • Academic English: learn, practice, and review academic vocabulary and writing.  

Key Features

  • Comprehensive Resources: students receive an in‐depth textbook with explanations, practice questions, and other tools that they can use to supplement their classwork.
  • Student Assessment: students are frequently assessed and receive reports on their progress.
  • Practice Tests: students take practice tests to build familiarity with the test and track their progress.
  • Teacher Feedback: students receive frequent feedback from their instructors.
  • Small Classes: the maximum class size in the Standard Course is 8 students, so students get a lot of personal attention and feel comfortable in a small group (link: read more about our small classes).
TOEFL Exam Preparation
Levels Intermediate (B1) to Advanced (C2)
Maximum # of students per class 8
Lessons per week 20
Schedule Monday ‐ Friday from 9:00 a.m. ‐ 12:40 p.m.
Start dates January 9, 2017 6‐week course, SD and SF
February 27, 2017 6‐week course, SD only
April 17, 2017 6‐week course, SD only
June 5, 2017 4‐week course, SD only
July 3, 2017 4‐week course, SD and SF
September 11, 2017 6‐week course, SD only
September 18, 2017 4‐week course, SF only
October 30, 2017 6‐week course, SD only
Course length 4 or 6 weeks
Language focus TOEFL; academic English

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Note: Students taking any 20‐lesson per week course and who are requesting an I‐20 for a student visa will also need to take either an Afternoon Elective or attend a 1.5 hour Study Hall session each week in order to meet the 18‐hour per week minimum requirement for the student visa. One lesson = 50 minutes. For more information about U.S. visas, please read the visa information here  or contact us directly using the online inquiry form.

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anna russia

I am a full-time student working on my Ph.D in Philosophy. I am specializing in Analytical Anthropology and Media Philosophy. I wanted to improve my reading and writing skills and I took a 4 week TOEFL course at CISL San Francisco. My dream is to read classic American literature without having to use a dictionary all the time. I feel I will be successful with the TOEFL exam. Now I can speak and correct myself if I’m not right.  


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