So my “good buddies” over at ETS have — for years — had a website that was nearly impossible for test-takers to navigate… Not much has changed.
However — at least they actually made an attempt at making some changes that actually make sense for the test-taker. However… the result of the change still “Sucks (metaphorical) Balls” (and makes my job MONUMENTALLY more time-consuming.)
Well, they finally made the information about the various testing-centers around the world available without actually having to begin the registration process in order to access it. AND — they also coordinated the testing-center information with the actual dates available, in a way where the locations and the testing centers match… That makes sense! (It should have made sense years ago, but never mind. I took care of that for you. 😎 )
The problem is that they still make it incredibly hard to actually find the information — AND… their search function works about as-well-as… Well… This…
1) If you type in the country that you wish to take the exam in — you MAY get the option to choose that county. But then no results come up.
2) If you type in the name of the city that you wish to take the exam in — there are search results for: Museums, Theaters, Bus-Stations, Airports — and just about every other thing which has absolutely NOTHING to do with The Exam, the Dates, or the actual Testing-Centers. And…
3) It is not enough to simply type the City & Country, and press “Enter”… You are REQUIRED to choose one of the terrible options from the non-working drop-down list. Otherwise you get an error message. But most importantly…
4) If you DO find a testing center near you that you would like to take The Exam at — in many places around the world, when you click on the “Directions” link — the results come up as nothing more than a link to the city — and there are no actual directions to any such Testing Center.
Once again, GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! comes to the rescue. I have spent the last 3 or 4 months working with this new system, and have figured out the best ways to actually use it to get the information that I’m searching for. (Although it takes A LOT of extra effort… effort that you don’t need to expend.)
. So I will still be providing you with all of the TOEFL Testing Dates & Locations as quickly as I can keep those pages updated — But I have also taken MOST of my time (outside of creating the TOEFL Excellence Training System) to do the extra “leg-work” to find the directions to the Testing Centers, even though it is NOT there on the official site.
And so… The so-called “Non-Profit” organization that literally makes millions of dollars every weekend — MOSTLY from people who are living in countries with a SIGNIFICANTLY lower standard of living than those who are reaping the most benefits from this exam… and who raise the price of the exam between $30 – $100 EVERY Year… Well, they just can’t seem to figure out how to make their site work for the people it was supposedly designed for… (and their customer service is not actual “service”)
. But the guy who has been providing all of this information for YEARS (at his own expense… That’s Me)… with the hopes that maybe someday people will purchase a TOEFL Excellence Preparation Course — is… (once again)… saving the day…
For You… For Free
(And what I mean by that is… I’ve Still Got You Covered… So how may I help you?)
(And Remember… Have An Excellent Day)
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