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 Prepare Yourself

What Skills Will You Need?

Language Requirements
Planning to study in the United States? Don't underestimate the importance of speaking English properly.

Experts say many international students begin their academic programs in this country without a clear understanding of what's expected of their English language skills.

These students believe they can learn the minimum amount of English necessary to enter a school. And, after that, things will take care of themselves.

Unfortunately, this approach can lead to great disappointment later.

Keep TOEFLŪ  test in Perspective
Students often become obsessed with passing the TOEFLŪ  test (Test of English as a Foreign Language)TM. They believe it plays some magical role in the admissions process, and many schools indeed can contribute to this misperception. These schools seem to imply that if a student passes this test, they will do just fine in the classroom.

This simply isn't true.

Achieving the "minimum" TOEFLŪ score (60 - 70) may not be enough to perform properly in the classroom. That test lasts about four and half hours, but a college or university education can take four to six years of a student's life.

The TOEFLŪ  test, however, is a key element of the admissions process. 

Language is Key to Success
Experts encourage students to not rely on the TOEFLŪ  test  too much. Instead of just cramming for the test, they encourage students to concentrate on learning how to do the following in English:

  • Take notes
  • Paraphrase information
  • Write essays
  • Speak and understand "everyday" English
  • Give oral presentations
  • Understand computer applications in this language
  • Have solid grammar skills

In fact, experts believe your academic success in this country will depend on your ability to communicate in English, both in writing and speaking. These are skills that may or may not be reflected in your TOEFLŪ  results.

Keep in mind that American professors will expect you to contribute actively in classroom discussions. You will be judged by your ability to process information and voice your own opinions. You'll need to write term papers and essays. So the more comfortable you feel expressing yourself in English, the better you'll perform academically.

Also, your ability to make friends in this country will naturally be strengthened with good English skills. In fact, your overall experience in the US will be more pleasant and rewarding if you can communicate in "everyday" English with those around you.

Prepare Now
By learning English now, you can help save yourself headaches down the road.

Remember there are lots of ways you can improve your English before you enter a four-year program. Read more here about English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs.

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