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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is aimed at students who want to focus exclusively on TOEFL test preparation and improve in the quickest possible time.
  • You will receive the maximum level of support in achieving your target score.
  • Improve your overall academic English proficiency to be better equipped for studies at a US college or university.

Key Facts

Available in

  • Boston
  • Los Angeles

Start dates:

  • Every Monday between 6 January and 7 December 2020

Entry level:

  • Intermediate (Kings Level 5)


  • 16+


  • Minimum 2 weeks 

Class size:

  • Maximum 15

Lessons per week:

  • 35 lessons per week total (26.25 hours). 20 lessons (15 hours) TOEFL Skills and Strategies + 8 lessons (6 hours) TOEFL Special Interest Group + 7 lessons (5.25 hours) online targeted practice 

Included in the price:

  • 35 lessons per week (26.25 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly progress tests and regular homework 
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"I came to Kings with the goal of taking the TOEFL test. There are a many universities where you get extra credits for your application if you have a good TOEFL score, and actually it helped me a lot to get accepted at the university I’m going to study now."
Jonas Brahms, Kings Boston

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of TOEFL Skills and Strategies
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) TOEFL Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • 7 lessons (5.25 hours) online targeted practice sessions

The Intensive TOEFL course is the most rigorous TOEFL test preparation option at Kings. Key features are:

  • Students will improve their overall English language proficiency and academic vocabulary and enhance performance on academic tasks in all sections of the exam
  • Prepare for success at US colleges and universities
  • Taught by experienced instructors with a track record of success
  • Teachers help students achieve the maximum TOEFL score by creating an individual study plan and by providing regular feedback
  • Classes may be supplemented by additional reading to strengthen vocabulary and comprehension skills
  • Access full-length practice tests to get comfortable with the exam’s online format and timing
  • Access thousands of online practice exercises in the computer lab on site with the assistance of a teacher

1. Context Embedded

  • The Intensive TOEFL course is based on a communicative approach to learning and focuses on meaningful communication skills. This motivates students to read, listen, speak, and write.
  • A variety of different topics are used to teach test taking strategies and keep the classroom content engaging.

2. Multimedia Support

  • This course uses interactive multimedia such as news videos, audio recordings, and presentations to assist students in building background knowledge as well as improving their comprehension of academic content.

3. Academic Word List

  • Students are introduced to the Academic Word List (AWL) and have opportunities to practice these words which occur in high frequency in academic contexts.
  • Studies show that students who master the AWL are more likely to succeed in an academic setting.

4. Online Skills Trainer

  • Every student takes an online test preparation course in conjunction with his or her regular classroom hours.
  • This online component focuses study on the parts of the tests that students often find the most challenging, the speaking and writing portions.
  • All practice tests are timed which assists students in getting used to the time pressure of the tests.

5. Authentic Practice

  • The course content provides daily opportunities to practice for the test using authentic questions and listening and reading materials from actual TOEFL tests.
  • Students also regularly practice under exam conditions to develop timed test-taking strategies.
  • Students are able to practice speaking with a headset and microphone and are given many timed writing assignments.

Extra information

  • We recommend that students begin training at least four weeks before they take the real exam. Depending on their level, some students may require longer periods of study before taking the TOEFL exam to reach their test goals.
  • Students can request additional assistance on specific TOEFL skills during their Guided Study lessons.


  • Continuous assessment helps students check their progress towards their goal and see their own improvement on a regular basis.
  • Students begin with a diagnostic test and are then measured on a weekly basis with assignments, participation, and assessments.
  • They have online access to one full-length test per month during their course and hundreds of practice exercises.
  • Students can review their incorrect answers with detailed explanations of the correct answers.

Kings TOEFL guarantee

We are so confident of the quality of our courses and teaching that we make this simple promise to you:

  • If you are studying in the Intensive TOEFL course for 12 weeks or more we guarantee you will increase your score by at least 10 points.
  • If you don’t, you can study for free until you do!
  • Note: you must have attended all classes and completed all assignments.

Section 3: About the TOEFL test

  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) assesses students’ ability to use and understand university-level English in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Taking the TOEFL test opens the door to studying in the US and communicating globally.
  • It is widely accepted by more than 10,000 universities and other institutions in over 130 countries as proof of English level.
  • The TOEFL test is offered in nearly every country and on more dates yearly than any other language test.
  • More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English proficiency for universities, scholarships, and visa applications.
  • The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team