TOEFL iBT Prep Course

The Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) is an English standardized test, a score of which is required to apply to universities and graduate schools in English-speaking countries.

The iBT Exam is based on university subjects and student life, and measures examinees’ practical English skills required in the academic environment (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing). Many universities and graduate schools in English-speaking countries require their prospects to submit an iBT score, instead of a TOEFL ITP score. Today, iBT is used in more than 150 countries around the world, including Japan (CIEE Japan, 2020). TUJ also accepts an iBT score, as well as an ITP score.

Each university and graduate school require a different iBT score. In general, a score of 45 (equivalent to 450 on the ITP) or more is required for community colleges and 2-year colleges, and a score of 61 to 80 (equivalent to 500 to 550 on the ITP) or more is required for 4-year universities including TUJ. A score of 100 (equivalent to 600 on the ITP) or more is often required for famous, competitive universities and most graduate schools. The higher a student’s score is, the more choices he/she will have.

Many people study for iBT on their own and may be able to understand the correct answers through the books; however, they may not be able to acquire the actual academic English skills needed to obtain a higher score on iBT. For this reason, a preparatory program like this is recommended. At AEP, all iBT classes are held in English, following the University’s policy, which helps students be exposed to academic English by just attending classes and helps them improve their listening skills naturally. AEP’s instructors know the academic English needed for English-speaking universities and how to improve it more than anyone.

Our aim is not just to have students solve problems and instructors give the answers, but it is to help students develop the English skills needed to get a higher score. To do so, the instructors will encourage the students to ask questions, will pay attention to individual students and will help them realize the areas they may need to improve. Taking this course will be helpful for students to maintain their motivation because they can study together and encourage each other. Since the classes are taught online, the students will be able to meet classmates living all over Japan.

Levels

This TOEFL iBT Prep Course has four possible classes that differ depending on students’ current English levels and goals. Please choose the class that best suits your needs and aims. If you need guidance to decide, please contact us.

Aiming for a score of 45 is for students who wish to apply to 2-year colleges, community colleges, or certain state universities, and who have never taken the iBT before, but have a minimum English standardized test score of TOEFL ITP 400, IELTS 3.5, or Eiken Grade Pre-2.

Aiming for a score of 61 is for students who wish to apply to 4-year state universities, who have a minimum English standardized test score of iBT 45, TOEFL ITP 450, IELTS 4.0, or Eiken Grade 2.

Aiming for a score of 80 is for students who wish to apply to TUJ, Temple University, or other famous state universities, who have a minimum English standardized test score of iBT 61, TOEFL ITP 500, IELTS 5.0, or Eiken Grade Pre-1.

Aiming for a score of 100 is for students who wish to apply to a graduate program at TUJ or other top, private 4-year universities, who have a minimum English standardized test score of iBT 80, TOEFL ITP 550, IELTS 6.0, or Eiken Grade 1.

*If you have any other English standardized test scores, if you don’t have a score, or if you have a score that you earned more than two years ago, please contact the AEP office. In these cases, we will hold an English level-check test.

2021 Summer Semester

Period:
Saturday, May 8 – Saturday, July 3, 2021
(9 classes)
Application Deadline:
Sunday, April 25, 2021
*We will stop accepting applications once all seats are filled.
*Depending on space availability, we may accept applications even after the deadline.
*Applications received outside business hours will be processed the next business day.
*Please note that the schedule and the style of this course, whether held online or on campus, are subject to change without notice.
Application:
The application period has ended.
Fees:
TOEFL iBT Prep Course: 66,100 yen (Tax Included)
*A textbook for this course will be distributed to each student with no additional fee.
Designed for:
Students aiming to study at overseas universities/graduate schools
Dates and Times:
Aiming for a score of 45: Saturday 14:00-17:00
Aiming for a score of 61:Saturday 10:00-13:00
Aiming for a score of 80: Saturday 10:00-13:00
Aiming for a score of 100: Saturday 14:00-17:00
Class Format:
Online (Zoom)
Application:
Apply for this Course
If you have any questions or concerns about the class, we would be glad to arrange an individual meeting (English or Japanese). To schedule an individual meeting, please contact the Academic English Program at esl@tuj.temple.edu.

General Information about the TOEFL iBT Exam

The iBT Exam consists of four sections (1.Reading 2.Listening 3.Speaking 4.Writing). The time allocation and number of questions for each section are as follows.

Section Tasks Questions Time Limit
Reading Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions. 30-40 questions 54-72 minutes
Listening Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, and then answer questions. 28-39 questions 41-57 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Speaking Express an opinion on a familiar topic; Speak based on reading and listening tasks. 4 tasks 17 minutes
Writing Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing. 2 tasks 50 minutes

iBT Score Requirement for Each Program at TUJ

  • Undergraduate Program: 79 or higher
  • Bridge Program (Conditional Admission): 53-78
  • Law School: 88 or higher
  • Graduate College of Education (M.S.Ed. in TESOL): 90 or higher
  • Graduate College of Education (Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics): 100 or higher
  • Master in Management:100 or higher

*An actual exam will not be held as part of this course. Please register at the ETS Homepage (https://www.ets.org/toefl/test-takers/ibt/take).

About the TOEFL iBT Prep Course

In the TOEFL iBT Prep Course, students will learn the following in each section:

Section 1: Reading

  • Vocabulary from context(Understand the meaning of words from the content of sentences)
  • Pronouns and referents(Identify antecedents)
  • Sentence simplification(Simplify sentences)
  • Sentence insertion into the passage(Grasp the context and insert sentences)
  • Factual information(Determine the stated facts)
  • Negative facts(Determine the facts not mentioned)
  • Inferences(Determine another fact from the facts mentioned)
  • Rhetorical purpose(Describe the intention of the author)
  • Summary information
  • Schematic table(Complete the table based on the content of the passage)

Section 2: Listening

  • Main point(Describe the theme of a conversation/lecture)
  • Details(Judge the facts mentioned in the conversation/lecture)
  • Function(Describe the reasons why expressions that are in the lecture are used)
  • Stance(Describe the stance of the speaker on the subject of the conversation/lecture)
  • Organization(Describe the flow of the conversation and lecture)
  • Relationships(Discuss the relevance of two statements)

Section 3: Speaking

  • Independent speaking
    • Overview(Types of questions)
    • Organization(Ways to plan answers)
    • Coherence(Techniques that give consistency to answers)
  • Integrated speaking
    • Overview(Summaries of contents heard and read)
    • Organization(Ways to plan answers)
    • Coherence(Techniques that give consistency to answers)
    • Note-taking strategies(Approaches to effective note-taking)

Section 4: Writing

  • Integrated writing
    • Overview(Summaries of contents heard and read)
    • Note-taking strategies(Approaches to effective note-taking)
    • Before-writing planning(Ways to plan before starting to write a summary)
    • Organization(Ways to plan answers)
  • Independent writing
    • Overview(Types of topics)
    • Before-writing planning(Thinking about ideas, opinions, and experiences)
    • Organization(Ways to plan answers)
  • Structure and written expression (Lessons on accurate and effective grammar and expression techniques)

Student Comments

Steps to Attend the Program

Please follow the procedures below to attend the course.

1. Submit your application

Please apply through the online form by the specified deadline.

2. Receive the program details

Details of tuition fee payment and the course guide will be sent to you via e-mail. The email serves as notification that you are now officially enrolled on the course.

3. Pay the tuition fees

Please pay the tuition fees via wire transfer to the specified bank account by the deadline.

4. Submit the required documents before the first day of class

Submitting an Electronic signature on Adobe Sign

3 steps

  • 1. Click the URL of the email you received from AEP.
  • 2. Check the required documents and sign in the signature line using some sort of electronic input.(ie Using a stylus, touchscreen, or mouse) by handwriting or inputting.
  • 3. Click "Click to sign" to complete the signature.

By the first day of class, please scan or take a photo of the following documents and send them as attachments to esl@tuj.temple.edu

  • Confirmation slip from the wire transfer for of the tuition fees

Application Procedures

Please apply by completing the online application form, by calling the AEP office, or by visiting in person at the university. Please feel free to contact us for any questions about course details or the application process.

*Depending on space availability, we may accept applications even after the deadline has passed. Please submit the application form, and we will get back to you.

The application period has ended.

*Please be aware that courses cannot be offered in the event that there are insufficient numbers of applicants.

Temple University, Japan Campus Academic English Program

1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004 (Access)

E-mail:
esl@tuj.temple.edu
Tel:
03-5441-9863
Fax:
03-3452-3084
Hours:
Weekdays 9:00-18:30 (Japan Time)