TOEFL


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Jeg tok som sagt TOEFL testen i London denne helgen (2009), akkurat som med SAT måtte jeg underskrive noen papirer om at jeg ikke skulle gi videre informasjon om spørsmålene, så det kommer jeg ikke til å gjøre. MEN jeg skal forklare litt om den.

Jeg tok i London den internett baserte testen, så jeg vet ingenting om den skriftlige testen. TOEFL går over 4 deler: en forståelse del, en lese del, en skriftlig del og en muntlig del. Du kan gå når du er ferdig, men i og med at testen koster 1000 kr så anbefaler jeg deg å sitte de 4 timene fult ut!
Jeg ble veldig overrasket over hvor vanskelig den var, jeg har øvd masse ved å svare på de oubliserte TOEFL testene som ligger på nettet og har alltid pleid å få alt riktig. MEN den virkelig testen var mye vanskligere. Tekstene du leser er ikke den type engelsk du hører på gaten eller på tv, men mer den typen man bruker i forsknings rapporter (mange eksempler var fra forsknings rapporter), det var mange ord som var totalt utkjente for meg og gjorde det derfor vanskelig å svare på spørsmålene. Den skriftlige delen var nok den letteste, jeg skriver mye engelsk og oppgaven krevde ikke at du brukte ord du aldri hadde hørt før. Den muntlige delen var en total fiasko for meg! Du får lese en tekst og så høre et foredrag om samme emne, deretter får du en oppgave og ca 20 -40 sekunder på å forberede deg til å muntlig forklare, gjengi og si din egen meningen, deretter får du ca 1 minutt på å si det hele. Det var ord i foredraget jeg ikke forstod og heller ikke klarte å uttale!
mine tips til dere er:
LES! masse engelsk, ikke bare bøker, men tidsskrifter og artikler
SKRIV! Som sagt tidligere anbefaler jeg deg å skaffe deg en engelsk venn som du kan skrive brev eller mail til. Dette er en fantastisk måte å lære seg et språk på skriftlig. Ellers så kan du rett og slett begynne å skrive ting på engelsk, for eksempel skrive dagboken din på engelsk.
SNAKK! Snakk masse engelsk, gjerne med engelskmenn. Hadde jeg hatt tid til å være i London lenger så hadde jeg gjort det. Ved å være på ferie i et engelsk talende land kan gi det store fordeler når det kommer til det muntlige. Ellers så kan du kjøpe lydbøker som lærer deg engelsk uttale eller gjenta det de sier på tv’en.
REGISTRER!  registrer dere på ETS.org og last ned TOEFL prøve testen.

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thoughts of a senior

Its here: Your final year. You are now a senior. You have been praying for this day to come Graduatewhile you struggled yourself through endless midterms, all-nighters, group projects from hell, and finals, and now its finally here. But you no longer want this day to come.

The day you realize that your life cant evolve around costume parties, beer-pong, game days, and taking 6 shots and staying up all night to see if you can get your crush to actually notice you. This is the day when you have to begin figuring out your life.

Just a year ago, it all seamed so far away. But now your college goodbye is waiting at your doorsteps. Soon post-college life will come knocking, and hopefully it wont completely knock you down.

These last four years of your life has broken your heart, served you C´s on your tests, made you gain 10 pounds, had you fight with you best friends, (as a member of sorority: given you lots of social probations..), thrown up your last shot of fireball and the domino you just ate. These years have had you tumble and fall, but it has also made you rise each and every time.

You have learned that when you heart is broken nothing can cure it like a hug from a friend (or a few drinks and texts from your other crush). That professors are people and that they want you to succeed, and that the C´s you get can with a lot of hard work turn into A´s. The pounds you gained may have made you more self conscious, but lets be real no one wants to look like a stick skinny freshman either, so I am sure you look way better with those pounds on (otherwise there is always the gym and low carb). And your best-friend will forgive you: Cause you are best-friends and its gonna come a day when she is gonna want you to forgive her to. For the throw up and Dominos: you just have to learn that the last shot you get is always a waste of money .. and so is Dominos 2 am..

We stumble and we fall and look forward to the day we suddenly are gonna turn into sophisticated individuals who loves drinking wine and go to art shows, but when senior year suddenly approaches: We realize its happening too soon. We wanna continue having Dominos at 2 am.

People dont one day wake up and realize they are adult human beings that now has to pay bills other than college tuition, its a process. We slowly grow into these people, and we do it through those epic nights out and the falls we have in life. Each time we fall and college life knocks us down, we had the courage to get up and grow up from it so that we hopefully dont repeat the same mistakes (if not we make the same stupid mistake until we DO learn).

Learning is growing, and throughout your life you are gonna learn and therefore you are gonna grow. If you managed to stand up after a night of endless stupidity and broken hearts, then you can manage to stand up and face adult life each day for the rest of your life.

So when post graduation and adult life do come knocking just know that you are gonna be ready, not because you have done it before, but because college taught you endless times to get up and fight for yourself, your friends, your grades, and your dreams. Believe me: you are more prepared than you think.

If not, then Dominos is always there.

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