Today’s topic comes from an entry that I started writing in the TOEFL FAQ section of the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! TOEFL Portal. It is about the Extended Version of the TOEFL iBT Exam.
Honestly, there is no “good” answer for this… Okay, well, there is… but it can not be proven, and it will probably be considered, by many who may read, this to be the crazy rantings and exaggerations of a weirdo who has spent too many hours watching conspiracy videos on YouTube… I neither confirm nor deny anything… 😉
The short answer is that, the creators of the exam are mad-scientists with an agenda of manipulation and control, who are delighted by evilly manipulating “test-subjects” — Oops, I mean “test-takers” — by doing un-warranted, un-necessary, and un-ethical (so-called) “research” on the people who pay them (a “non-profit” organization) a freakin’ sh!t-load of money — only to be forced to do extra passages on their exam, which most are already very nervous & uncomfortable about…
(okay, that was actually the long answer… but…)
They aren’t evil — they just like to mess with people in the name of somehow “improving” the exam for future “test-subjects” — Oops, I mean “test-takers”.
…you (as a test taker) do not have any prior warning about this — or control over this.
The Extended version of The TOEFL iBT Exam is not any more difficult than the “normal” version. It just has between 1 to 2 more Reading Passages in The Reading Section. or Audio Files in The Listening Section. The part that really sucks about it is that you will not not be scored on all of the Passages or Audio Files — but you still have to do them all… Just because they are evil.
Just to fʌk with you some more… You will not know which passages you will be scored on — and it is not clear if they will choose the ones that you scored the best on… they are just doing it “For Research”. Like I said…
“Thanks For Taking My Money And Then Giving Me Something Other Than What I Paid For.”
All you can do is — if you see that the timer says more than 60 minutes in The Reading Section or Listening Section… take a deep breath… do the awesome job that you know you can do (Especially if you have taken a course with TOEFL Excellence!)… and then become president of the world and come back to destroy those evil bastards for making you do an extra 30 to 40 minutes worth of work… without even getting a discount on your registration fee.
Have An Excellent Day!