Most international students do not know anything about the TOEFL iBT before they thought about applying for Georgia Tech. I did not. With a few hours to prepare, I focused on two sections that can give me a high score: Speaking and Writing. I had to submit the results before April 29. Thankfully, I met the 100+ score requirement on April 18 and got 28 for both Speaking and Writing.
Like many English tests, the TOEFL iBT does not solely test your English language ability. They test your ability to understand patterns and follow rules. The TOEFL however is the most difficult English test according to those who tried everything. I took the exam at the University of New South Wales, and I recommend taking the exam there if you are based in Sydney. I had no problem with their facilities or staff at all.
They have published information about percentile ranks. If you scored 28 for Speaking, that means you scored 94% higher than those graduate level students applying for non-business programs. If you scored 28 for Writing, that means you scored 92% higher than most who are applying for graduate-level non-business programs.
To prepare for the TOEFL, you should identify your weaknesses by going through some practice tests. I have taken the EF Set which eerily predicted my TOEFL score. It is a free test which simulates the real TOEFL test. The quick way to get through it with ease is to read the rules, and take the official practice test.
A lot of students enrolled are complaining about Georgia Tech and how challenging it is. Higher level of anxiety’s normal. I say feel the fear and do it anyway. Richard wrote about how it takes a lot of his time. Many wrote about how they had to drop out because it’s not what they want in life.
I don’t expect anything to be easy. But I am very certain this is what I want to do for a very long time.
I would like to thank Tony Mason who adviced that I apply even if I do not have the required educational background. There were a few other supportive people, but they’re not a lot.