So I was just about to start responding to messages at The TOEFL Portal of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!, and received the message below. It asks about many of the issues that I have address in the TOEFL FAQ section, and I was about to answer the message in the comment section there, but I decided that it would probably be better to just make a blog post about it.
So Here Is The Message:
I am requesting information regarding TOEFL testing dates in Nairobi, Kenya.
Also, will I need to take any classes or need an instructor if I have completed high school education, did English in all my years of education (12 years) and speak it fluently? Or am I ready to only do the exam without any other classes?
Lastly, if one fails the exam, can they retake it? If yes, after how long?
Thank you for your feedback in advance.
And Here Is My Response:
Thank you for the message.
As for your first question about TOEFL Testing Dates, you can find all of the testing dates for all of the countries in the world by clicking the link at the top of the page that you commented on (and also every other page on the site). The tab says, “TOEFL Testing Dates And Locations“. Once you are there, the instructions on the page are quite simple and finding your country should be self-explanitory. If it is not, then this blog post will give you more thorough instructions in addition to explaining what you will need to do after you have found the available up-coming dates. (The same instructions apply for every country that hosts the exam.)
As for your second question about whether or not you need to take a class, without being able to have a conversation and doing a preliminary test to assess your level, that question can only be answered by you. To find out the reasons why, you can read this blog post, which will tell you much more about the exam, why it is so different than other exams, and why one should not take the exam without at least knowing the basic format of the exam.
If you have decided that you do not need to take a preparation course — Or if you already have — and you have decided to take the exam, then you should read this blog post about preparing and choosing the testing date.
As for your last question about “failing” the exam and taking it again. Yes you can take the exam again (in fact you can take it as many times as you like, as that is only going to be giving more money to the organization that created and administers the exam however it is expensive, no matter where you are in the world, so it is not recommended to fail… you should be well-prepared and “pass” it the first time).
However, if you DO fail and need to do it again, you must must wait at least 12 days, so it is not a good idea to wait to take the exam until right before whatever dead-line that you may have (for University, Etc.).
For further information about The TOEFL iBT Exam, you can also consult these blog posts. And if you have any other questions, please let me know. I’m always happy to help.
Have An Excellent Day,
And that basically covers all that one would need to know about the questions that were asked in the message and a whole bunch which was not asked. Of course, once one knows more about the exam, there are a lot of other questions that come up about the specifics of the exam, but those will be covered in other blog posts.
Have An Excellent Day!