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English Language
TOEFL iBT Preparation

Key information

Start dates:
Every Monday between 7 January and 9 December 2019
Course length:
Minimum 2 weeks
Maximum class size:
35 lessons (26.25 hours) per week —
20 instructor-led lessons (15 hours), 8 guided study sessions (6 hours), 7 online practice lessons (5.25 hours)

Entry requirements

Kings Level 5 (Intermediate)
Minimum age:

Sample timetable for the TOEFL iBT course

TOEFL Preparation course sample weekly timetable

The course

This course is ideal for students who want to prepare thoroughly for the TOEFL exam. In addition to developing TOEFL skills and strategies, students improve their overall academic English proficiency so that they are better equipped for studies at a US college or university.

What is included in the price

  • 20 instructor-led TOEFL skills and strategies lessons (15 hours), 8 guided study lessons (6 hours), and 7 online practice sessions (5.25) per week
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation, and progress tests
  • Course materials, including online Skills Trainer
  • Guidance and information on testing dates
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to ClassMate, the Kings online learning platform
  • WiFi internet in the Center
  • Optional weekly lecture program
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)

Please note: Exam fees are not included.

About the TOEFL iBT exam

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 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 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.

The TOEFL iBT test is offered 30–40 times a year. Most test takers take the internet-based test. 

Find out more about the test at the TOEFL website.

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Course structure and content

The TOEFL iBT course is the standard TOEFL test preparation course at Kings. The course is 35 lessons per week: 20 instructor-led lessons, 8 Guided Study lessons to focus on individual work, and 7 online targeted practice sessions. Each Kings lesson is 45 minutes long.

It is designed to improve students' overall English language proficiency, build academic vocabulary, and enhance student performance on academic tasks in all sections of the exam. The course not only improves test scores but it also prepares students for success at US colleges and universities.

Experienced instructors with a track record of results teach the TOEFL classes. They help students achieve the maximum TOEFL score possible (depending on length of study) by creating an individual study plan and by providing regular feedback. Classes may be supplemented by reading additional literary materials to strengthen vocabulary and comprehension skils. Additionally, students have access to full-length practice tests so that they become comfortable with the exam's online format and the time pressure.

To further accelerate their improvement, students have thousands of online extra practice exercises available to them. These can be done in the computer lab on site, and with the assistance of a teacher.

1. Context Embedded

The TOEFL iBT preparation course is based on the communicative approach to learning and focuses on meaningful communication skills. This motivates students to read, listen, speak, and write. A variety of different high-interest topics are used to teach key test taking strategies and to 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 allows students to train specific skills that they will need to succeed on the exam. 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 to ensure full preparation for the time constraints of test day.

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 assessed on a weekly basis with assignments, participation, and tests.

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.