Vocabulary for TOEFL Speaking Part 1
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Vocabulary for TOEFL Speaking Part 1

Can you speak about a topic in English for 45 seconds? Then you’re ready for TOEFL. Or are you? TOEFL Speaking Part 1 does require you to respond to a question and speak for 45 seconds, but being able to speak for that length of time does not ensure that you will score well in...

TOEFL Speaking Overview and Tips
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TOEFL Speaking Overview and Tips

Are you taking the TOEFL soon? Like most students, you are probably worried about the Speaking Test. The test is only 20 minutes, which is very short compared to other sections of the test, but it is very stressful! Follow these TOEFL speaking tips to understand and prepare for the TOEFL Speaking exam. TOEFL Speaking Overview and...

10 Tips for Improving Your TOEFL Writing Score
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10 Tips for Improving Your TOEFL Writing Score

The TOEFL test includes a Writing section, which has two parts. Do you know how to prepare for TOEFL Writing? Here are 10 tips for improving your TOEFL Writing score. 10 Tips for Improving Your TOEFL Writing Score TOEFL Writing has two parts: the Integrated Task and the Independent Task. The test is about 1...

5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student
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5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student

Forget listening to podcasts about learning English: instead, learn about English through podcasts about interesting subjects! If you need to improve your academic English skills for the American college or university setting, spend some time listening to these fascinating podcasts about science, the humanities, culture, and technology. 5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student Astronomy...

Academic English Vocabulary: Verbs To Use for Citations in Research Essays
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Academic English Vocabulary: Verbs To Use for Citations in Research Essays

When CISL English for Academic Purposes students learn to write academic English research papers, students often have difficulty citing their sources. The problem? Finding synonyms for the word “say” in order to avoid repetition in their paper. The following verbs for citations can be used in place of “say.” Some are more appropriate than others depending...

Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook
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Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook

Many writers (both native English speakers and English learners) agree that beginning the essay is often the most difficult part. For English proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge FCE and CAE, this is certainly the case! Take a look at this sample TOEFL Agree/Disagree statement. How would you begin an essay? (For tips on...

TOEFL Writing: Agree or Disagree Prompt Tips
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TOEFL Writing: Agree or Disagree Prompt Tips

The TOEFL Agree or Disagree prompt can be challenging. Do you know the tips you need to succeed? Read on and learn how to master this writing section of the TOEFL exam. Note: The TOEFL Writing section can include many other types of prompts: check out our article on Types of TOEFL Writing Prompts to learn...

TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE Scores Equivalency Chart
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TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE Scores Equivalency Chart

CISL is proud to have 45 years of English test preparation experience, including Cambridge preparation and TOEFL preparation classes at CISL San Diego and CISL San Francisco and IELTS preparation courses at CISL San Diego. Are you taking an exam soon to meet your personal, professional, or academic goals? We can help! Our small class sizes...

Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE
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Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE

Are you planning to take a proficiency test (like IELTS or TOEFL or Cambridge FCE/CAE)? If so, your writing, reading, speaking, listening, and grammar skills will be tested. But what exactly is an examiner looking for, and how can you improve your score? One of the most important things that you can do is learn to...

Using the Colon and Semicolon in English
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Using the Colon and Semicolon in English

English uses two important punctuation marks: the colon and the semicolon. colon  : semicolon  ; What’s the difference, and when do we use them? Read on to find out information on using the colon and semicolon in English. Using the Colon and Semicolon in English COLON : Use 1: Headings and Descriptive Titles Examples: “Punctuation...