Georgetown School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 687-8700

Center for Continuing and Professional Education
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 687-8700

XEFL-320 iBT-TOEFL Preparation I

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Course Details

This nine-week course focuses on preparing students for the TOEFL exam. Students taking this course will improve their skills in key areas of the TOEFL so that they feel more prepared for the demands of this exam. In this course, students will practice giving descriptions, stating preferences, giving an opinion, improving reading comprehension, taking notes, summarizing main ideas, outlining paragraphs, and writing opinionated texts. They will identify the main ideas in a short lecture and academic conversation and will write an opinionated paragraph.

Students will have an opportunity to study all four sections of the exam: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They will work with partners and in groups to practice forming responses to questions that are similar to those they will find on the TOEFL exam and will get feedback from their classmates and instructor. This course starts and ends with a practice exam in order for students to see their improvement over the duration of the course.

Before taking this course, students should be able to speak in paragraph-length discourse in informal and some formal conversations. They should be able to write basic academic paragraphs including descriptions. In addition, students should be able to understand clearly structured texts.



Starting in the Fall 2016 semester, all three iBT-TOEFL Test Preparation classes will use the following textbook:

Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT Test
Deborah Phillips, Third Edition, © 2014
ISBN: 978-0-13-324812-8

IMPORTANT: Students should purchase a NEW copy of the textbook at Georgetown’s Campus Store (or other bookseller) before class begins as it will be used for course assignments starting on the first day of class. 

Course Prerequisites

Important Placement Test Information: All new and returning students must take a placement test to participate in the program. The test’s time, date and location are included in a payment confirmation email you will receive after enrolling.

If you are unable to attend your assigned placement test, you must contact Continuing Studies English Program Officer Regan Carver at 202-687-4592 or to make alternative arrangements.

Application Instructions


Summer 2017 Semester Course Registration Schedule:
$405.......Early Registration (includes 10% discount)....Mar. 1 - Mar. 31
$450.......Regular Registration........................................Apr. 1 - Apr. 27
$495.......Late Registration (includes 10% penalty).......Apr. 28 - May 5


Visit the Continuing Studies English (CSE) program's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for detailed course registration instructions (link: HERE). For additional assistance, contact Continuing Studies English Program Officer Regan Carver at 202-687-4592 or


XEFL-320 - 011 iBT-TOEFL Preparation I    
2017 - Summer 2017 Non-Credit   Status:  Available
Class:   Sat 9:00AM - 1:00PM
13 May 2017 to 01 Jul 2017
Number of Sessions: 8 Sessions
Contact Hours: 32.0
No active tuition profiles.
Location:   Main Campus
Building:   Various
Section Notes:  To maintain your seat in the course, you must attend your assigned placement test time on Sat., May 6 at 10:00 am or make alternate arrangements. Location and other details are included in a payment confirmation email you will receive after enrolling.