ASC English School

Prominent provider of English as a 2nd Language (ESL) and iBT TOEFL Instruction. We have two locations near downtown Boston and several major colleges.

Writing Your College Application Essay

After you’ve taken ESL classes and the iBT TOEFL, it’s time to think about applying to American universities and colleges. For many students, writing the college application essay is a challenge. It can be difficult to know which topic to select and what college admissions directors are looking for. While the admissions staff will see your transcript, your grades are only a partial reflection of who you truly are. Use your essay as an opportunity to make yourself stand out.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, the best college application essays are about topics that the student is passionate about. The students in this video offer some tips for selecting the right topic, spending plenty of time on revisions, and following the directions for the essay.

ASC English School has unique relationships with schools in the Boston area, allowing our ESL students to enroll part-time in college while honing their language skills in our English programs. For more information about concurrent enrollment, call (617) 860-3212.

Answers to Your Questions About the TOEFL Test

By taking the iBT TOEFL exam, you’re taking an important step toward investing in your future. Thousands of institutions, including American universities and colleges, require TOEFL scores from international students. If you’ve never taken the TOEFL test before, you likely have a lot of questions about it. You may wish to talk with your ESL teacher about what you can expect from the exam or you might discuss your questions and concerns with your fellow ESL students.

How is the TOEFL Exam Scored?

Unlike most tests, the iBT TOEFL exam has no pass/fail benchmark. You’ll receive scores in four areas – reading, listening, speaking, and writing. You can receive up to 30 points in each section for a total of 120 points.

What Score Do I Need to Achieve?

Different institutions have different requirements for TOEFL scores. If you’re taking the iBT TOEFL exam with the goal of admittance into a particular institution, you should check with that institution requiring their TOEFL score requirements.

How Do I Access My Scores?

You can view your iBT TOEFL scores about 10 days after the test date by logging into your TOEFL online account. Score reports will be sent to the institutions you selected about 13 days after the test date. However, bear in mind that mail delivery varies around the world. After the mailing date, it may take seven to 10 days for a recipient in the U.S. to receive the score report. Outside the U.S., it may take four to six weeks.

How Long is the TOEFL Test?

The iBT TOEFL exam is a timed test. The exam itself takes four hours. However, you should plan to be at the testing center for at least four and one-half hours. You’ll need to arrive at the testing center 30 minutes ahead of the start time.

If you have any questions about preparing for the iBT TOEFL test, the dedicated teachers of ASC English School are here to help. We offer superior English programs in Boston designed to give you all the skills you need to achieve an outstanding score on your iBT TOEFL exam. To request more information about our ESL classes, call (617) 860-3212.

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Improving Your English with Private Lessons

Improving Your English with Private Lessons - ASC English School - Boston

Classroom instruction is an important component of learning English, but private lessons give students opportunities to delve deeper into their language practice outside of the traditional classroom setting. At ASC English, we’re pleased to offer students a range of private lesson options to help them meet their language goals.

Our instructors offer private lessons for students in three different categories. The first is test-preparation exams, which includes the SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, LSAT and more. The second is general English needs, such as academic writing or accent reduction. The third is business English, such as oral presentation skills, corporate writing or meetings and negotiations. During private lessons, instructors can focus on students’ weak areas, review classroom lessons, and practice speaking skills.

Private lessons can help you see improvement in a short amount of time. If you are interested in adding private lessons to your ESL or TOEFL studies, call ASC English School in Boston at (617) 860-3212 for more information. Please note that private lessons alone do not meet the requirements for Form I-20 issuance.  

What to Know About Applying to College

In addition to studying for your TOEFL exam, there are many other things you have to consider before applying to a college in the U.S. Because there are so many different schools of all sizes and types, it can take a while to find your right fit. As you’re preparing for your TOEFL test, use these strategies to help you find the right school for you. 

What to Know About Applying to College - ASC English School

Make a Short List of Schools

Start by narrowing down the list of schools you are interested in attending. It may help to restrict yourself to a certain geographic region, or if you know what you want to study, research the schools with the best reputations in that field. Your list of schools should include colleges you feel confident that you will be admitted to as well as a few schools that are more challenging in terms of admission. If you’re not sure how to narrow your school options, talk to other TOEFL students and your teachers for advice.

Create a Deadline List

All colleges have deadlines for applications, TOEFL scores, acceptance, fees, and more. Each college operates on its own schedule, and if you miss a deadline, you won’t usually be able to apply again until the following year. Avoid disappointment by making a list of deadlines for all of the schools to which you are applying. It may help to set reminders on your phone so you’re notified when deadlines are approaching.

Sell Yourself in Your Essay

Your college essay is your chance to tell the schools you want to attend why you would be a good fit for their student bodies. Use your essay to discuss the unique perspective you can bring as an international student and to describe what makes you who you are. This is a chance to help admissions officers see past your grades and TOEFL scores and understand you and your academic goals.

With ESL classes and TOEFL prep at ASC English in Boston, you’ll have the skills you need to succeed in college from the application process to graduation. Get the English language skills you need and enroll in ASC English today by calling (617) 860-3212. 

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