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

What to Do About Test Anxiety

International students preparing for the iBT TOEFL exam often experience a little test anxiety. It’s only natural to feel nervous about taking an exam that plays a role in university acceptance. However, mastering your test anxiety is crucial for achieving the best possible score.

Consult Your ESL Teacher

It’s likely that your test anxiety will worsen if you feel that you haven’t thoroughly prepared for the iBT TOEFL exam. To calm your nerves, talk to your ESL teacher about what you can expect on the exam. Your teacher can offer you some tips for studying. He or she can also help you identify the areas you tend to struggle with so that you may focus your studying on those areas.

Develop a Consistent Routine

Many people with test anxiety find it helpful to follow a consistent routine before each exam. For example, the night before the exam, you might review your notes one last time and make sure you get plenty of sleep. The morning of the exam, you might listen to some soothing music as you head out to the test site.

Fuel Your Brain

Failing to fuel your brain properly can lead to impaired concentration during the test, which can worsen your anxiety. Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the iBT TOEFL exam. Try to avoid consuming caffeinated or sugary beverages, since these will lead to a blood sugar crash later in the morning.

Try Relaxation Techniques

As the day of the iBT TOEFL exam approaches, you might find it helpful to use relaxation techniques. Try closing your eyes and envisioning yourself successfully completing the exam and achieving a high score. Breathe deeply and slowly, and relax your muscles.

ESL students at ASC English receive personal attention from teachers as they work through our proven curriculum designed with real-world applications of English in mind. When you enroll in our English classes in Boston, you can feel confident knowing that you’ve thoroughly prepared for the iBT TOEFL exam. To inquire about our upcoming English program schedule, call (617) 860-3212.


Expanding Your English Vocabulary

In addition to taking ESL classes, there are many effective ways to expand your vocabulary. It can be helpful to write a list of about 10 unfamiliar English words to work on each week. During the course of each week, review the definitions of these words and practice saying them out loud. Try to find opportunities to use these words in conversations. If opportunities to use these words in conversations do not arise, create your own narratives. For example, sit on a park bench and watch other people. Then, create English sentences about those people using your vocabulary words. If you’re working on adjectives, for instance, you might say, “That adorable child is playing in a carefree manner,” or “That beautiful woman has a gorgeous hairstyle.”

Another effective way of expanding your English vocabulary is to read a diverse range of materials in English. Read an English newspaper or magazine while drinking your coffee, or take a novel with you to read while riding on the T. You could even read advertisements, which often include idioms or other unusual uses of the English language.

ASC English of Boston offers intensive English programs in six different skill levels to help ESL students make rapid progress. For our current schedule of English classes, call (617) 860-3212 or visit our website.


How to Prepare for the TOEFL Test

International students who intend to apply to a U.S. university or college can expect to be asked for their iBT TOEFL scores. The TOEFL test is considered to be the gold standard for assessing an individual’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen to English. It’s highly advisable that you prepare for the TOEFL exam by enrolling in an iBT TOEFL prep course. Additionally, consider using the following tips to help you achieve a high score.

Form a Study Group

Consider asking your fellow ESL students if they would like to form a study group with you. Each study group participant should write down a few things that they struggle with in English. At each session, each member should have the opportunity to discuss these issues and receive help from classmates. It’s a good idea to have an “English Only” rule during your study sessions. By only speaking English with one another, you can improve your pronunciation and broaden your vocabulary.

Find Opportunities to Practice English

Look for daily opportunities to practice your English skills. Strike up a conversation with a cashier at a store. Purchase a newspaper and read it while enjoying a meal. Then, read the articles aloud. Keep a list of new vocabulary words you come across.

Evaluate Weak Areas

There are different components of the iBT TOEFL exam. While it’s important to improve English skills that correspond to each of these sections, you should focus on the areas that give you the most trouble. To evaluate your weak areas, you can take a practice TOEFL test. After scoring your practice test, evaluate which questions you got wrong and set aside some time each day to work on those types of questions.

At ASC English, you’ll find intensive iBT TOEFL preparation conducted by highly qualified, caring ESL teachers. Our ESL curriculum focuses on the specific skills you’ll need to achieve a high score on the TOEFL exam. For information about enrollment in our English program in Boston, call (617) 860-3212 or visit our website.


Common English Idioms

When students enroll in an English program, one of the challenges they face is learning English idioms. Since idioms often represent exceptions to language rules and because there are thousands of them in English, ESL students often have difficulty mastering them. Some examples of idioms that involve the topic of aging include “get on in years,” which means to grow older. “Over the hill” indicates that someone’s advancing years interferes with his or her ability to perform tasks as well as he or she did earlier in life.

You can hear more common English idioms by watching this brief video. This expert explains idioms such as “long in the tooth,” “no spring chicken,” and “put years on.” He also provides examples of these idioms used in sentences.

At ASC English, we offer English programs designed specifically to help students boost their English skills in specific areas, such as idioms and expressions. If you’re interested in honing your English skills in the dynamic city of Boston, call us at (617) 860-3212.


Answering FAQs About Student Visas

It is not necessary for a student to become a U.S. citizen in order to gain admittance to a university, college, or language school in the states. However, it is necessary to have a valid and current student visa. Applying for a student visa is easier than you might think. After the English school accepts you as a student, you’ll receive a form to present at your visa interview.

What Type of Visa Do I Need?

The visa category for most students is “F.” You’ll need an F-1 student visa to attend a university or college, conservatory, high school, or English school. The only exception to this is if you plan to attend a non-academic institute, commonly referred to as a vocational institute. In this case, you’d apply for an M-1 visa.

What Documentation Is Required to Apply?

To attend an English school in the U.S., you can expect to go to a visa interview at your embassy or consulate. You’ll need to bring original documents such as your passport, which must be valid for a minimum of six months beyond your anticipated departure date from the U.S. You must also have your application fee payment receipt, nonimmigrant visa application, and Form I-20A-B. Some students may be asked to bring additional documentation, such as evidence of your academic preparation.

I’m Currently a Visitor. Can I Switch to a Student Visa?

If you’re currently in the U.S. with a tourist B-2 visa, ASC English can help you change your status and obtain an F-1 visa while you’re in America.

Can I Travel Outside the Country on a Student Visa?

You shouldn’t need a new student visa to re-enter the U.S., provided your current visa is still valid. When you re-enter the U.S., the immigration officers will check your SEVIS number along with your visa.

ASC English offers more information about student visas on our website. If you need additional assistance applying to our language school in Boston, you can reach us at (617) 505-1391. At ASC English, we’re dedicated to helping our students build bright futures.


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