How To Find The Official TOEFL Testing Center In Your Area


How To Find The TOEFL Testing Center In Your Area


Where The Hell Is The Testing Center!?!?

Where The Hell Is The Testing Center!?!?


People trying to find The Official TOEFL Testing Center in their area (Country, and City) is a very serious and important part of the process of taking The TOEFL iBT Exam.

The fact that this was the single biggest reason for receiving emails from people all around the world, and that responding to those emails, previously, took up most of my time, is the reason why I took nearly a year to collect and publish all of the official testing centers throughout the world, as given by the official website.

Yes, the official website does give this information, but the problem is – to get this information, one first needs to actually start the registration process to get it.  I don’t know who would actually spend the money to register for the exam before finding out where they actually have to take the damn thing, but I certainly wouldn’t!

I am not exactly sure why the organization that created and administers The TOEFL iBT Exam, makes it so difficult to find this information but don’t worry…  GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! has got you covered. 😉


So Where Is My TOEFL Testing Center?


 

To Find Out, Read The Full Post Here


Have An Excellent Day!

😉

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TEST-TAKER ISSUES #2 – FAULTY EQUIPMENT – Update!

So I heard back from ETS about the issue of faulty equipment, but unfortunately (however, not surprisingly) they did not answer my questions, but seemed to merely copy information from a FAQ page (not mine) about issues which were not related to my questions at all.

Below is the “conversation”…


My Message To Them…

Greetings,

I am writing today because I am an English teacher who helps people prepare for the TOEFL exam, and I recently had one person contact me saying that she was told that she needs to take the exam over again, because there was a problem with the microphone and so the speaking section answers could not be heard.

Can you please tell me what the proper course of action would be in this situation?

It seems that the testing center should be liable for giving that test-taker another exam and that they should pay for the registration, as well. However, this is not the first time that I have heard about problems with the equipment in the testing centers.

Is there a way to report those testing centers and to ensure that they do indeed compensate the test-taker with paying for that person to take the exam again.

Also, is there a service that they can use to report such problems?

I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience.

Have An Excellent Day,

Claude Cote


Their Response…

Dear Claude Cote,

Regarding your inquiry:

What if my test is rescheduled or if there is a problem at the test center?

If your test administration is canceled before you test, or your test cannot be scored or your scores are canceled due to a testing irregularity, you can select a different test date and you will not be charged the rescheduling fee.

If you arrive at the test center and find out that the test administration has been canceled by ETS, you can reschedule your test at no charge or receive a full refund of your test fee.

If you take the test and your scores are canceled by ETS, ETS will determine, at its sole discretion, whether or not you are eligible to re-test at no charge or to receive a refund.

If ETS cancels a test administration or cancels scores after you test, and you have incurred travel costs to get to the test center, you may be eligible for a refund of reasonable and documented travel expenses for yourself only within 30 days of your original test date. Refunds are in U.S. dollars. For more information on reimbursement, see Testing Policies.

If I experience technical problems at the test center, can I ask that my test be rescheduled?

In rare instances, technical problems may require late starts and/or rescheduling of the test. If such an event at the test center makes it necessary for you to cancel your test session, or if it is later determined that your scores could not be reported, you can choose to take the test again for free or receive a full refund of the original test fee.

We hope this information is helpful.


 

As you can see, they did give some vaguely similar information because it did mention something about refunds and about faulty equipment, but did not answer my questions at all.  Especially considering that I specifically ask HOW a person can get help…  not IF they can get help.

In addition the the message seems to have been written by…  no one…  no name, no person, no help.

We’ll see what they say to the response I sent asking them, once again, to answer the questions that I asked rather than simply (and anonymously) pasting useless information with no explanation about how to actually use that information.

I’ll keep you updated…

Have An Excellent Day!

😉


Remember:  If there are any words (or phrases) in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up!  I suggest Wikitionary.com

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!

 

TEST-TAKER ISSUES #2 – FAULTY EQUIPMENT – Update! was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

Test-Taker Issues #2 – Faulty Equipment

Faulty Equipment At The Testing Center

Howdy,

So for the last two-and-a-half days, I’ve been dealing with some rather frustrating technical difficulties which were caused by a third-party, but made it quite difficult for me to make any progress on The 3000 Most-Used Words in The English Language Guide, updating The TOEFL Testing Dates and Locations Pages, and a new project for The “TOEFL Free-For-ALL” – The Only TOEFL Vocabulary You Actually Need To Know.

So, a lot of stuff going on…  and then not being able to make any progress because of a problem which was not caused by me, is quite aggravating.

And this made me think about another issue that I have come across a few times since I’ve been helping people achieve Excellence on The TOEFL iBT Exam.  That problem being, faulty equipment at the testing center, causing test-takers to either not be able to hear the speaking parts due to noise in the room, poor headphones, or having their Speaking Section recordings completely messed up because of a bad microphone.


It is true that there is a chance to test the equipment at the beginning of the exam, before it actually starts, but that can not provide 100% assurance that the equipment will continue to function properly throughout the exam, or when everyone in the room is speaking at the same.


 

So, what to do?

Well, the first thing to do, is make sure that if you do not feel 100% confident that the equipment is working properly, raise your hand IMMEDIATELY and inform one of the people at the testing center…  it is, after-all, YOUR money that is being spent for this exam.

But…  What if your microphone fails and you don’t even know it; or if your headphones go out in the middle of the speaking part?

Or what it there is construction outside the window of the testing room and you can’t hear a damn thing?!?!

Well, for that, you will have to just wait for part two.  And this is not because I want to “leave you hanging’”, but because earlier today, I sent an email to the official organization that created and administers the exam, and we will have to see what kind of recourse a person can take in this situation.  I know that many people have complained about their support and customer service in the past, but let’s see if this is their moment to shine.


I will be back with more information about this as soon as I get it, and I’m planning on setting up a testing-center review board on the website, but I will need to actually have people talk to me about their experiences.

So that’s all for now…  But I’ll be back soon!

😉


Remember:  If there are any words (or phrases) in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up!  I suggest Wikitionary.com

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!

 

Test-Taker Issues #2 – Faulty Equipment was originally published on TOEFL Excellence