Recently, one of my TOEFL students requested paper versions of the iBT TOEFL test. I asked her why she wanted a paper test. “You still have 4 more practice tests on your Edulang account.”, I said. Usually, I only start handing out my paper tests as a last resort, when all possible computer tests are done. In this case though, the student’s aunt did not think that computer tests were good. The aunt worried that this student would use the computer to waste time talking to friends and playing games, instead of studying. There wasn’t much I could do except encourage her to allow for the student to do online practice tests. Unfortunately, this student prepared by doing 5 iBT paper tests and only one of the Edulang online iBT TOEFL simulations. Her score was 83.
The unconscious skills needed for the iBT TOEFL are increased when you practice online and simulate the test conditions as best as you can. The skills we use to read off of paper and off of a computer screen are different. If you want to be sure of yourself on test day, practicing with the Edulang product is a big advantage.