ASC English School
617.505.4573

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

Advice for Applying to One of Our University Partner Schools

If you’ve been working hard to fine-tune your English skills, it may be time to apply to an American college or university. Here at ASC English, our students can be admitted to some of the best colleges and universities in the Boston area without having to take the TOEFL exam first. This is thanks to the partnerships our English school has forged with many local academic institutions. In fact, among area colleges and universities, ASC English students have earned a reputation for being well prepared to meet academic challenges.

Showcase Your Activities

Your grade point average (GPA) and individual subject grades are important considerations for the admissions officers at American schools. However, when deciding whether to grant admission to a particular candidate, admissions personnel typically look beyond grades to try to pinpoint what makes a person unique. Admissions personnel like to see that a student has not only excelled in the classroom, but has been active outside the classroom. Be sure that your application reflects your extracurricular activities, including any leadership positions you’ve held, volunteer positions you’ve filled, or hobbies you’ve pursued.

Write an Effective Essay

Schools typically ask prospective students to submit an essay. The topic may vary, but students are often asked to write a personal statement about their passions or important experiences they’ve had. Admissions personnel appreciate candidates who use their own unique voice to tell their stories. Choose a topic that has meaning for you and let your personality shine through.

Ask for Feedback

You’ll need to reread your essay many times and proofread it exhaustively. However, it’s also important to ask for feedback on your essay. Ask the teachers and fellow students at your English school to read your essay and offer their critique.

Many international students turn to ASC English because of our many university partnerships in Boston. With our private lessons, skills classes, and iBT TOEFL prep courses, our students are fully prepared to excel within an academic institution by the time they’re ready to apply to a university. Take the first step toward reaching your academic goals and call us at (617) 505-4573.


Reasons to Consider Private ESL Lessons

If you’re attending an English school, your ESL classes are already helping you work toward your goals. However, many students can benefit from private ESL lessons. With private lessons, you’ll work one-on-one with a dedicated instructor, which means that instructor will have a keen understanding of your strengths and the areas you need to work on. Since a private lesson is purely for your benefit, with no other students present, you can feel free to ask for as much clarification and as many explanations as you need, without worrying about taking up valuable class time.

During these intensive ESL courses, there will be few, if any distractions, allowing you to make significant progress in a short amount of time. Many ESL students enroll in private lessons specifically to raise their TOEFL scores. You could also take private lessons to prepare for the GRE or GMAT if you wish to apply to graduate school.

ASC English is pleased to offer private lessons to students at our English school serving Boston. International students can call (617) 505-4573 for information about our private lessons for ESL skills, and preparation for the TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT.


Podcasts and ASC English

What is a podcast?
A podcast is a media file (.mp3, .wma, .mp4) uploaded to the Internet by an individual, radio station, or any company or organization that wishes to disseminate information by audio format. Podcasts are usually free and can be downloaded and saved directly to one's computer.

Podcasts for everyone
Podcast quality varies from amateur to professional. The spoken English on some is slow and easy to understand, while others are spoken quickly, with liberal use of slang and idiomatic expressions. Every students can a podcast to suit their level or interest. Interested in sports? You can find a sports-oriented podcast in which news about professional leagues and players is discussed. There is enough variety in podcast content to appeal to any ESL student.

Links to some great podcasts for students:

For more information about learning English at ASC English, visit our website.


Preparing for TOEFL Test Day

Your preparations for the iBT TOEFL exam should begin months ahead of the date you plan to take this important test. Given that many institutions make admittance decisions based on TOEFL scores, it’s imperative to spend plenty of time studying and practicing English in an intensive iBT TOEFL prep class. In addition to honing your English skills; however, there are a few other steps you need to take to prepare for the test day.

Registering for the TOEFL Exam

There are three methods of registering for the iBT TOEFL exam. Perhaps the easiest is to register online by visiting the ETS website. If you plan to register by phone, download the registration form from the ETS website before you call the company. Review the form to make sure you have all the information you need. Alternatively, fill out the form you’ve downloaded and mail it in. Bear in mind that if you plan to register by mail, the form must be received by ETS at least four weeks before the date of the test. With any method, make sure your name is spelled exactly as it appears on the identification you will use.

Gathering Needed Items

After registering for the iBT TOEFL exam, you’ll receive a registration number. Keep this in a safe place because you’ll need to bring it with you on the test day. You’ll also need to bring two original, valid forms of identification that include your photograph, signature, and your full name spelled exactly as it appears on your iBT TOEFL registration.

Arriving at the Testing Center

You may wish to travel to the testing center ahead of the test date to evaluate how long it will take you to get there. You are required to arrive at the test site 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam. At the testing center, you’ll present your registration number and identification, and your photograph will be taken. Then, you’ll be assigned a seat.

Since 1998, ASC English has offered an effective curriculum designed to help our ESL students significantly raise their iBT TOEFL scores. In our intensive iBT TOEFL prep class, you’ll learn valuable test-taking strategies and practice taking simulated computer tests. To begin the admissions process for our English classes in Boston, call (617) 860-3212.


Benefits of Being Bilingual

Enrolling in an English school offers you so many more benefits than just scoring well on your TOEFL exam and getting into an American university. Multiple studies have demonstrated that bilingual people enjoy better cognitive abilities. They can typically learn and process more information—and remember it better—than those who only speak one language.

You can watch this video to hear more about the many benefits of taking ESL classes. This duo discusses numerous studies that examined the effects of bilingualism, including one that suggests bilingualism can delay the onset of dementia and reduce the rate of aging of the brain.

Are you interested in becoming an international student in Boston to improve your English skills? Consider calling (617) 505-1391 for information about the ESL classes available at ASC English, a premier language school dedicated to helping ESL students succeed.


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Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Monday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Tuesday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Wednesday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Thursday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Friday
  • 8:30 AM to 6 PM Saturday