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How to Prepare Before Your TOEFL® iBT Session:

To prepare for your iBT session with your English1on1 tutor, you need to do a few things.  You will look at questions in a PDF file with your tutor.  You need to check if your computer has a PDF file viewer.   If you can view this file here, you do not need to download a PDF file viewer.  If you cannot view the file, you need to download and install Adobe Reader.  This may take a few minutes, so you should check your computer an hour before you meet for your session. 

Next, you should download the files for the questions that your tutor has instructed you to download for your next session.  You will be notified before the session which questions you will be practicing.  To find the files, log on to the English1on1 webpage, and click on the “TOEFL® iBT” link on the left side of the page.  Then click on the Question Type that you will practice.  Download all of the files for that question number.  For example, if you are going to practice Question Type 3, Question 10, you should download these files:


Not every question type will have a reading passage, but you should always download the Directions MP3, Question MP3, Sample Answer MP3, and Transcript PDF.

Next, you need to sign on to Skype to check your microphone and earphones.  After you have connected your microphone and earphones to the computer, make a test call to the “Skype Test Call.”  With the Skype window open, click on the menu item "Tools" then "Options" at the very bottom.  A new window will open up.  Click on "Audio Settings" on the left side of the screen.  Check your microphone and speaker settings by clicking on the link "Make a free test call."  Adjust your volume so that you can hear and follow the spoken directions to test your microphone.

Finally, you will take notes, so you need to have a few sheets of paper and something to write with.  When all of this is completed, you are ready for your iBT session.


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