TOEFL / IELTS

WHAT IS TOEFL? 

TOEFL is an American certificate of English language, which is deposited all over the world online via computer in testing centers approved by the United States. It is one of the extremely important factors for admission to the desired university, because it represents evidence of English level to the required level for the purposes of the study. TOEFL is valid for 2 years from the date of the deposit and only during this period it is possible to use it.

In Podgorica taking tests are very rare, while in Belgrade they are 4 times per month. Our strong recommendation is to sign up for this before the deadlines for submitting applications to colleges abroad. Price of TOEFL exam is $ 200 and is payable online by debit or credit card. Signing up maybe done through this site www.ets.org. You need to create your account and enter the location, where you select available dates, enter the number of your passport and pay a $ 200 online. After that, it is mandatory to print the application form and bring with you passport or identity card. 


The structure of the test


TOEFL consists of 4 parts: 


  1. Reading maximum 30 points 
  2. Listening maximum 30 points 
  3. Speaking maximum 30 points 
  4. Writing maximum 30 points


TOEFL carries a total of 120 points. For basic studies you need to have, depending on the faculty, 75-90, while for the master 85-110 or more. You can take TOEFL as much times as you like, each time paying $ 200. It is recommended to order the latest edition of TOEFL preparation books on Amazon for about $ 25. 


  1. Reading - This part of the exam includes three to five texts in length to about 700 words. Each text is accompanied with 12-14 questions. Total time for this part is 60-100 min, which is 20 minutes per text. Everything is done on the computer; hence 20 minutes are exactly 20 minutes. The questions test your understanding of the text on the topic in the field of, for example, history, biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and other natural as well as social sciences.
  2. Listening - you will be listening 4-6 lectures and 2-3 conversations length of 3-5 minutes. Each lecture is followed with 6 questions, and each conversation with 5 questions. Total preparation time is 60-90 minutes. You will be listening to the conversation between the students, the student and the professor, student and administrative staff of the university. These are real situations in which you might find yourself when you start to study at a foreign university.
  3. Speaking - After a ten-minute break it is following the third part of the exam. This is a very interesting part of the TOEFL iBT exam because your response time is limited to 45 seconds (and 60 seconds). It sounds scary, but exercise really works wonders. Questions are related to listening the previous lecture, the students’ conversation, but there are some questions to answer accordingly to your opinion and attitude. It is not necessary to have read and have listened to give an answer to these questions. One such question might be: "Movies that are longer than three hours should be made shorter by removing less important scenes." Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Use details and examples to explain your answer. You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to answer.
  4. Writing - The last part of the test involves writing two essays. The first essay is written based on the read text and completion of lectures that have the same theme. In the lecture it is usually presented information that is contrary to the information given in the text. For this essay you have 20 minutes. The second essay, and the last task of the exam, is the essay on a given topic by presenting your stance on the given issue. To do this, you are given 30 minutes.



WHAT IS IELTS? 

Unlike TOEFL, IELTS is British test of English language, which is taken at the British Council in Podgorica and Belgrade. It has much less terms when it comes to the TOEFL, but the experience of our clients has shown that taking IELTS is easier. 

What is different is the very way of taking the test, because it is not computerized. Many institutions recognized equally TOEFL and IELTS, only Australia does not recognize the TOEFL, while Britain does, but it is more inclined towards IELTS because it is British. For studies you need to take the IELTS Academic. Reservation is made through the site - https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/ and registration costs $ 239. 

The structure of the test:

Parts of the test are the same as for TOEFL, it shall be deposited in a larger classroom, writing. Reading, Writing and Listening are lasting 2 hours and 40 minutes without a break, the oral part can be taken that same day. It is possible to get a different term for the oral part, you always receive email notification if this happens.



On the day of testing it is necessary to bring: 


  • ID card 
  • graphite pencils, chemical and eraser 
  • bottle of water



  1. Reading - lasts 60 minutes. Three long paragraphs to read with tasks (including diagrams, graphs or illustrations). Texts range from descriptive, factual and analytical. Test reading consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include superficial reading, finding the main idea, detailed reading. These texts are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  2. Writing - lasts 60 minutes. One assignment that describes, explains and summarizes the text or diagrams (minimum 150 words). One task of writing an essay (minimum 250 words). Themes are of general interest and suitable for testing candidates who enroll in undergraduate and postgraduate studies, or want to achieve professional accreditation status. There are two tasks: Task 1 - you will get a chart, table, diagram or map and your task is to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be required to describe and explain the data, describe the stages of the process, how something works or to describe an object or event. Task 2 - write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The answers to both tasks must be in a formal style.
  3. Listening - lasts 40 minutes. Four sound recording with different accents. The answers you enter by: selecting from multiple choice answers, connecting the appropriate items. You will listen four sound recording of four native speakers of English, and then write down your answers to the questions. 
  4. Speaking - 10-15 minutes. Live interview with your interviewer, which consists of short questions about familiar topics and detailed presentation on a topic. Please note the following: depending on the location of the test center, you can request that the oral part of the test schedule for another day. Oral test evaluates your use of spoken English. Each test is recorded


Part 1 - the examiner will ask general questions about yourself and other widely known subjects such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part takes between four and five minutes. 

Part 2 - you will get a card with a topic that needs to be talked about. You will have one minute to prepare before you begin to speak no longer than two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same subject. 

Part 3 - the examiner will ask you questions on the same subject. These questions will provide you an opportunity to discuss abstract ideas and issues. 


This part of the test takes between four and five minutes.


You can take IELTS as many times until you have met the criteria of the faculty. Total carries 9.0. For the basic studies it is required minimum of 5.5 or 6.0, and for master of 6.5-7.5 or more. 

The results are obtained within one month and you have the option to get it on your home address, which is very important. 

If you are interested in preparing TOEFL and IELTS, please contact us for more information!

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