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The Best Advice I Ever Got for Writing in English: ‘Treat the Professors Like Idiots’

by Sunny Peng - Posts (5). Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I will never forget my very first conversation with an American. He was an employee at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. I was a new arrival, highly exhausted after almost 20 hours of flight. Upon landing I found myself overwhelmed by homesickness, and very badly wanted to find a telephone to call my parents. I […]

Why the TOEFL is More Important Than Just One Test, and How That Can Help You Succeed

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Editor’s note: Shree is currently in the process of applying to study in the U.S. for the fall of 2013. He’s agreed to take us with him on that process, recapping each step as he accomplishes it, and filling us in on what he did right and wrong so we can learn from his mistakes. […]

TOEFL Might Just Be the Last of Many Hurdles: Jawad’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

“I have always asked myself why people have made borders. Is it right that because my grandfathers lived in this land, it is mine and no one else has the right to live in it? Why do people want to get away from each other and differentiate themselves from one another? For example people say: […]

Watch it Again: Live Chat on Studying in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I had the great pleasure today to join VOA Learning English for a live video chat about studying in the U.S. A lot of you submitted questions in advance on Facebook, and we took some Skype calls during the chat as well. It was a great time and we covered a lot of topics, including […]

Your Plan Next Week

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 12:43 pm

There have been more and more free online webinars and college fairs popping up on the internet recently.  We’ve shared a few on the Facebook page, but I want to try out sharing them here as well. The idea: To post each Friday about the online events we know of coming up the next week.  […]

How I Made Myself a Good Candidate for US Admissions (and Other Advice from a Successful Applicant)

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9:10 am

In the summer of 2007 I, a high school graduate in Russia, spent hours on the Internet in search of a cheap summer school in the United States. I had been studying English for a couple of years, but I never had a chance to practice it with native speakers. Summer school seemed like a […]

Just Because You Passed the Test Doesn’t Mean it Will Be Easy

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

In this video, by a student in San Diego, international students talk about their biggest struggles when they first arrived in the U.S. For most, it was keeping up with English. If you like “kelzosaurus”‘s video, she has another on making friends, and one on culture as well.

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Biggest Obstacles to Studying in America

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 10:22 am

Our friend Homayoon has told us in the past that he hopes to study in the U.S. but worries “my dream to study in U.S will never, ever become true.” But, far from giving up, Homayoon was in touch recently to ask a few questions, which are worth sharing because they’re probably fairly common. Our […]

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On Facebook: What are Typical Application Deadlines and TOEFL Requirements?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 11:41 am

Sometimes you guys ask really useful questions on our Facebook page.  I wanted to share this one, because I think a lot of you may want to know the answer… 1. When does the academic year begin in the United States, especially Graduate programs, when can an international student apply, how long before the academic […]

China’s ‘Substitute Test Taker’ Industry

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 11:16 am

China Geeks translates an article from Southern Weekend about the “substitute test takers” industry in China.  Apparently, there is a sizable market for students who want to pay someone to take their TOEFL, IELTS or other standardized exams for them. Is anyone from China aware of this and able to tell us about their experiences?  […]

TOEFL or IELTS (And What Those Letters Mean)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 9:02 am

Global Campus has put together a brief guide to the standardized tests you need to know about if you’re planning to study in the U.S. In a previous post, we shared a guide to the TOEFL, written by its parent company, the ETS.

TOEFL Basics

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 10:33 am

The basics of the TOEFL, the test many schools will require as verification of your language ability, as written by the ETS (the organization that runs it).

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