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Tue May 8 2001

Books: English as a Second Language/TOEFL

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Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 21:44:53 +0200
Subject: English as a Second Language/TOEFL

English as a Second Language/TOEFL

How to Write the TOEFL Test of Written English and the Graduate School
Application Essay (with Exercises)

Indiana University, Bloomington

This text aims at students whose native language is other than English
and who want help either with the TOEFL Test of Written English or
with the essays that they have to write for admission to graduate
school in the United States.

The Test of Written English is given by the Educational Testing
Service to students taking the TOEFL test and who choose to write an
essay in order to demonstrate their writing ability. The scores are
used then by admissions persons at colleges and universities to
evaluate the student's ability to express himself/herself in writing.
The essays are scored on a 1 to 6 level basis, level 6 being the
highest score possible, and level 1 the lowest. The first part of the
book is devoted to The Test of Written English and to a discussion of
the kinds of things that students want to consider before they take
the test, like the importance of the organization and development of
ideas, and the importance of providing examples for the points made in
their essay. Although the questions that are provided in this book
are not the exact questions students will receive on their test (these
are provided in the bulletin used to register for the exam), they are
close enough to give readers a good idea of the kinds of responses
that the rater is looking for. The models in this book, then, will
give the reader a good idea of what to do and what not to do when
writing his or her own essay. Practice is always important, and it
would be a good idea for the reader to practice with the questions in
this book as well as the questions provided in the TOEFL test
bulletin. If readers have an opportunity to have an experienced rater
read their essay, this would give them a good chance to get feedback
and to learn from their mistakes. The second part of this book is
devoted to the graduate statement of purpose or college/university
application essay. This essay is part of nearly all the applications
required by undergraduate and graduate schools in the United
States--and it is an important part of the application, since it is
often a student's only chance to speak personally and directly to the
admissions committee. In this part of the book, we look at examples
of essays that have been part of accepted applications to some of
Americas top-level graduate and MBA programs. The essays represent
many of the disciplines that are offered by American colleges and
universities, including a special section on the MBA application
essay, which typically consists of 4 or 5 separate essays in response
to specific questions. The essays are intended to be used for
inspiration, providing readers with ideas about how to best present
themselves to the schools of their choice. It is hoped that the
essays and writing advice contained in this book will help students to
write their own essays and to realize their academic goals. Writing
is hard work, but it is enjoyable and rewarding work. In this case,
the reward might be the education and career of a lifetime.

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ISBN 3 89586 402 1. 
LINCOM Language Textbooks 02. 
Ca. 180 pp. USD 30 / DM 60 / � 20. 


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